Defending European Champions Spain endured an hard-fought 61-52 victory over Nigeria female Basketball team in a friendly game played on Thursday evening.
D’Tigress of Nigeria scored 5 of 11 attempted 3’s in the encounter, a huge improvement from the previous tune-up games they’ve played.
The victory means, Spain will record their first win, in three Friendlies played, after falling to beat France twice.
Nigeria D’Tigress are now on 2/2 run so far, with 2 wins and 2 loss.
The coach Hurts Hughley have to be given huge qudos for his tactical and technical input to the game, now let take a look at these.
While they faced Puerto Rico, Serbia and Belgium in Kotrijk, Nigeria were far from impressive shooting from beyond the arc. In the last game against Belgium they scored just 1 3’s out of 13 attempted, 7.7%. That stats does not speak well, and could have a damning effect ahead of the Olympics.
Now Hurtis told these girls ahead of the Spain game, don’t attempt too many 3’s, do it when you have high chances of scoring. It was obvious that the girls where deliberate and precise with their shot, they shot far better percentage from the free Throw-line registering 11/13, 85%, that is a big improvement from 53% in the Belgium game.
From both 3-point and FT line Nigeria lead their Spanish counterpart.
Playing against Spain, Belgium and Serbia all in a friendly game, ahead of crucial competition, can only put them in a very strong rhythm when the tourno kickstart.