Forward Yacine Diop and point guard Cierra Dilliard commanded the pace in the first half overpowering the Nigeria defence.

Diop had 21 points, two rebounds and one assist, while Dillard contributed 11 points, six assists and three rebounds at the end of the first half.

Nigeria, in the third quarter, managed to crawl back into the game winning 12-11 but came out smoking in the fourth, scoring 11 straight points to get back into the game and lead by a point, but they never took their foot off the pedal.

Okonkwo finished the game with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one block, while Ogoke and Ebo had 11 points apiece. Promise Amukamara and Mujarnatu Musa had eight points each.

D’Tigress face world champions the United States on Friday (today).