Nigeria women's national basketball team

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Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
FIBA ranking 16 Increase2.svg 1 (9 August 2021) [1]
Joined FIBA 1964
FIBA zone FIBA Africa
National federationNigerian Basketball Federation
Coach Otis Hughley Jr.
Nickname(s)D'Tigeress
Olympic Games
Appearances3
World Cup
Appearances 2
MedalsQuarter-finals (2018)
AfroBasket Women
Appearances13
Medals Gold medal africa.svg (2003, 2005, 2017, 2019)
Bronze medal africa.svg (1997, 2015)
All Africa Games
Appearances8
MedalsGold medal.svgGold: (2003)
Silver medal.svgSilver: (2007, 2015)
Bronze medal.svgBronze: (1978, 1999, 2011)
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The Nigeria women's national basketball team, also known as D'Tigeress, represents Nigeria in international women's basketball competition, and are regulated by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, the governing body for basketball in Nigeria. Nigeria has one of the most successful women's national teams on the African Continent, being the current African champions.

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History

2004 Summer Olympics

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. [2] 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. [3] With this win, they became the first women's African basketball team to win a game at the Olympics. [4]

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. [5]

2006 FIBA World Championship for Women

Nigeria qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship by winning the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship for Women. [6] 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

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

Nigeria has qualified for the 2009 Africa Cup of Nations (basketball) to be held in Libya. [7]

Competitive record

AfroBasket Women

AfroBasket record
YearRoundPositionGPWLGSGAGD
Flag of Guinea.svg 1966 Did not enter
Flag of the United Arab Republic.svg 1968
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1970
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1974 Group stage5th532278245+33
Flag of Senegal.svg 1977 Did not enter
Flag of Somalia.svg 1979
Flag of Senegal.svg 1981 Group stage7th413215280−65
Flag of Senegal.svg 1983 Did not enter
Flag of Senegal.svg 1984
Flag of Mozambique.svg 1986
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1990
Flag of Senegal.svg 1993
Flag of South Africa.svg 1994
Flag of Kenya.svg 1997 Semi-finals3rd 6 4 2 398310+88
Flag of Senegal.svg 2000 Did not enter
Flag of Mozambique.svg 2003 Champions1st651386328+58
Flag of Nigeria.svg 2005 Champions1st523454293+161
Flag of Senegal.svg 2007 Quarter-finals5th862516448+68
Flag of Madagascar.svg 2009 Quarter-finals5th844441440+1
Flag of Mali.svg 2011 Semi-finals4th844511502+9
Flag of Mozambique.svg 2013 Quarter-finals6th835411429−18
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2015 Semi-final3rd862608477+131
Flag of Mali.svg 2017 Champions1st880645413 +232
Flag of Senegal.svg 2019 Champions1st550399243+156
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2021 Qualified
Total13/254 titles79512852624408+698

Team honours and achievements

Intercontinental

Continental

Team

Current roster

Roster for the 2021 Women's Afrobasket. [8] [9]

Nigeria national basketball team roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
F 0 Amy Okonkwo 25 – (1996-08-26)26 August 19961.88 m (6 ft 2 in) CD Zamarat Flag of Spain.svg
C 3 Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpannah 24 – (1997-07-12)12 July 19971.88 m (6 ft 2 in) BC Namur-Capitale Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
SG 7 Sarah Ogoke 31 – (1990-06-25)25 June 19901.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Ferroviário de Maputo Flag of Mozambique.svg
PG 10 Promise Amukamara 28 – (1993-06-22)22 June 19931.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Charnay BB Flag of France.svg
F 11 Adaora Elonu 31 – (1990-04-28)28 April 19901.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Uni Girona CB Flag of Spain.svg
F 12 Nkem Akaraiwe 24 – (1996-12-22)22 December 19961.83 m (6 ft 0 in) CB Andratx Flag of Spain.svg
F 20 Murjanatu Musa 21 – (2000-05-05)5 May 20001.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Air Warrior Basketball Club Flag of Nigeria.svg
C 22 Oderah Chidom 26 – (1995-07-09)9 July 19951.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Angers Flag of France.svg
PG 23 Ezinne Kalu 29 – (1992-06-26)26 June 19921.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Landerneau BB Flag of France.svg
C 25 Victoria Macaulay 31 – (1990-08-07)7 August 19901.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Bursa Flag of Turkey.svg
F 33 Nicole Enabosi 24 – (1997-03-26)26 March 19971.83 m (6 ft 0 in) MBK Ružomberok Flag of Slovakia.svg
SF 52 Ify Ibekwe 31 – (1989-10-05)5 October 19891.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Nantes Rezé Basket Flag of France.svg
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Flag of the United States.svg Roosevelt Cochran
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 18 September 2021

2020 Olympic roster

A 15-player roster was announced on 6 July 2021. [10] The final roster was released on 19 July 2021. [11]

Nigeria national basketball team – 2020 Summer Olympics roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
F 0 Amy Okonkwo 24 – (1996-08-26)26 August 19961.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Uni Girona CB Flag of Spain.svg
C 3 Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpannah 23 – (1997-07-12)12 July 19971.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Faenza Basket Project Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
G 4 Elizabeth Balogun 20 – (2000-09-09)9 September 20001.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Louisville Cardinals Flag of the United States.svg
F 9 Aisha Mohammed 35 – (1985-10-21)21 October 19851.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Bashkimi Prizren Flag of Kosovo.svg
PG 10 Promise Amukamara 28 – (1993-06-22)22 June 19931.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Charnay BB Flag of France.svg
F 11 Adaora Elonu 31 – (1990-04-28)28 April 19901.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Nadezhda Orenburg Flag of Russia.svg
PF 21 Atonye Nyingifa 30 – (1990-12-08)8 December 19901.83 m (6 ft 0 in) CB Isla Única Flag of Spain.svg
C 22 Oderah Chidom 26 – (1995-07-09)9 July 19951.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Angers Flag of France.svg
PG 23 Ezinne Kalu 29 – (1992-06-26)26 June 19921.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Landerneau BB Flag of France.svg
C 25 Victoria Macaulay 30 – (1990-08-07)7 August 19901.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Bursa Flag of Turkey.svg
G 31 Erica Ogwumike 23 – (1997-09-26)26 September 19971.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Free agent
SF 52 Ify Ibekwe 31 – (1989-10-05)5 October 19891.88 m (6 ft 2 in) Free agent
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 26 July 2021

Former players and coaches

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. [13] [14] [15]

NameNumberPositionNationality2004*20052006200720082009
Olawunmi Adebayo 9 Flag of Nigeria.svg
Tayeloly Adeniyi 10 Flag of Nigeria.svg
Mobolaji Akiode 6 Guard Nigeria Flag of Nigeria.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg
Joanne Aluka 5 Forward United States Flag of Nigeria.svg
Mactabene Amachree 13 Guard Nigeria Flag of Nigeria.svg
Parricia Chukwuma 12 Flag of Nigeria.svg
Kevin Cook Coach Flag of Nigeria.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg
Adenike Dawodu 11 Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nguveren Iyorhe 10 Guard Flag of Nigeria.svg
Ezinne James 15 Flag of Nigeria.svg
Aisha Mohammed 9 Guard Flag of Nigeria.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg
Juliana Ojoshogu Negedu 7 Guard Flag of Nigeria.svg
Scott Nnaji Coach Flag of Nigeria.svg
Chineze Nwagbo 8 Flag of Nigeria.svg
Linda Ogugua 15 Center Nigeria Flag of Nigeria.svg
Morolake Ogunoye 5 Flag of Nigeria.svg
Ugo Oha 8 Center United States Flag of Nigeria.svg
Ugochuckwu Oha 15 Flag of Nigeria.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg
Funmilayo Ojelabi-Ogunleye 10 Flag of Nigeria.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg
Mercy Okorie 7 Flag of Nigeria.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg
Adeola Olanrewaju 14 Flag of Nigeria.svg
Taiwo Rafiu 14 Center Flag of Nigeria.svg
Rashidat Sadiq 12 Forward Flag of Nigeria.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg
Sam Vincent (basketball) Coach Flag of Nigeria.svg
Itoro Umoh-Coleman 4 Guard United States Flag of Nigeria.svg Flag of Nigeria.svg
Tamunomiete Whyte 5 Flag of Nigeria.svg

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

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