Nigeria women's national basketball team

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Nigeria
Nigeria
FIBA ranking 20 Increase1
FIBA zone FIBA Africa
National federation Nigerian Basketball Federation
Coach Ayo Bakare
Olympic Games
Appearances 1 (2004)
Medals None
World Championships for Women
Appearances 1
Medals None

The Nigeria women's national basketball team, also known as D'Tigers,[1] is the national women's basketball team in Nigeria it is ranked number one in the African continent and in the top 20 in the world.

Current squad[edit]

This is a list of the members of the squad as of the FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2007.

Olayinka Sanni, Mfon Udoka, Mercy Okorie, Ononiwu Chisaokwu, Ekworomadu Joyce, Ugochukwu Oha, Charity Egenti, Sefi Mojidi, Marie Izidor Enjol, Chioma Udeaja, Funmilayo Ojelabi-Ogunleye, and Amaka Adibeli.[2]

Head Coach: Ayo Bakare
Assistant Coaches: Patrick Omo-Osagie and Mfon Udoka

2004 Summer Olympics[edit]

The Nigerians competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in basketball, one of ten events their national teams qualified for. The Nigerian women's basketball team was one of the twelve teams competing in the event. They earned their berth through a zone qualifying tournament and played in Group A along with Australia, Brazil, Greece, Japan, and Russia.[3] The team went 0–5 in the preliminary round. In the 11/12th place game, they defeated the Korea for a final finish of 11th out of 12 teams.[4] With this win, they became the first women's African basketball team to win a game at the Olympics.[5]

Mfon Udoka was the team's leading scorer and the tournament's second highest scorer. Team athletes Itoro Umoh-Coleman and Joanne Aluka both played high school basketball at Hephzibah High School prior to playing together for Nigeria.[6]

2006 FIBA World Championship for Women[edit]

Nigeria qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship by winning the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship for Women.[7] They were placed into Group C with China, Russia, and the United States. Nigeria did not qualify for a pass into the second round and were defeated in the 15/16th place game by fellow African representatives Senegal by a score of 66–64. Their tournament record was 0–5.

Nigeria also participated in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne, Australia.

Team in 2007[edit]

The team attended the FIBA Africa Championship for Women 2007; the qualifying event for African teams attempting to make the 2008 Summer Olympics. Nigeria made it to the quarterfinals of the 2007 FIBA African Championship before losing to Mozambique 69–61. They won fifth place by defeating Cameroon 63–50. The team did not qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Nigerian squad went undefeated in group play during the 2007 All-Africa Games. They went on to the semi-finals and lost to Mozambique 57–46.

2009 Nations Cup[edit]

Nigeria has qualified for the 2009 Africa Cup of Nations (basketball) to be held in Libya.[1]

Former players and coaches[edit]

This is a list of former players and coaches, as well as current players who have played on past squads, with their years on the team indicated by the Nigerian flag beneath a given year. [8] [9][10]

Name Number Position Nationality 2004* 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Olawunmi Adebayo 9 Nigeria
Tayeloly Adeniyi 10 Nigeria
Mobolaji Akiode 6 Guard Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria
Joanne Aluka 5 Forward United States Nigeria
Mactabene Amachree 13 Guard Nigeria Nigeria
Parricia Chukwuma 12 Nigeria
Kevin Cook Coach Nigeria Nigeria
Adenike Dawodu 11 Nigeria
Nguveren Iyorhe 10 Guard Nigeria
Ezinne James 15 Nigeria
Aisha Mohammed 9 Guard Nigeria Nigeria
Juliana Ojoshogu Negedu 7 Guard Nigeria
Scott Nnaji Coach Nigeria
Chineze Nwagbo 8 Nigeria
Linda Ogugua 15 Center Nigeria Nigeria
Morolake Ogunoye 5 Nigeria
Ugo Oha 8 Center United States Nigeria
Ugochuckwu Oha 15 Nigeria Nigeria
Funmilayo Ojelabi-Ogunleye 10 Nigeria Nigeria
Mercy Okorie 7 Nigeria Nigeria
Adeola Olanrewaju 14 Nigeria
Taiwo Rafiu 14 Center Nigeria
Rashidat Sadiq 12 Forward Nigeria Nigeria
Sam Vincent (basketball) Coach Nigeria
Itoro Umoh-Coleman 4 Guard United States Nigeria Nigeria
Tamunomiete Whyte 5 Nigeria

*Olympic games attended by the squad indicated in this year.

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