Ezinne Kalu started what could have been the greatest come-back in the history Women’s Basketball in the Olympics with a well received pass for a layup, Adaora Elonu 5 points in the blink of an eye reduced the deficit to just 7 points with three mins left. Seconds after the time out, a quick back to back bucket pulled the game away in favour the team USA, 82-71.
In the end Ezinne Kalu scored 16 points in 28 mins on-court, Victoria Macaulay added 11 points while Promise Amukamara and Adaora Elonu combined for 20 points. Promise Amukamara had her own moments in the 3rd quarter with some impressive runs, but failed to utilize lay-ups.
The D’Tigress had a solid start to the game, leading by as many 7 points (8-1) in the first couple of minutes of the first quarter, ending the half with a 20-17 lead. They failed to translate that into the second quarter as team USA stole the initiative leading by 44-32, at the end of half-time.
A’ja Wilson lead team USA with 19 points. Combination of Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson in the frontcourt, gave Nigeria big problems. Brittney Griney’s paint presence cannot be overlooked, she added 13 points.
Legendary duo of Diana Taurasi added 10 points and Sue Bird with 13 dimes.
The USA Women’s team proved, they have experience, they have medals and they are so talented. Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi has 8 Gold medals combined in the Olympics.
Nigeria next face, France who lost to Japan in the first game played.