By Beng Emmanuel
Cameroon got off to a winning start by defeating Kenya 74-50 at the Yaoundé Multi-Purpose Sport Complex on Saturday in their opening fixture of the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket.
Marina Paule Ewodo was arguably the most impressive player on the court. The 23-year-old power forward scored 16 point, 7 rebounds, one assist and one interception as the host began in style to top group A.
Other standout performances came from Dulcy Fankam who registered 11 rebounds, two interceptions and Alexandra Green who had six (6) assists.
There were also wins for Senegal, Mali and defending champions Nigeria.
Mali scored the highest point of the opening day in their 101-39 win against Tunisia. Senegal outclassed Guinea 100-31 and Nigeria began their title defense with a 67-50 win against Mozambique.
Day two of the 2021 Women’s FIBA AfroBasket championship continues this Sunday. There will be four encounters to watch out for.
· Guinea takes on Egypt at 11:am
· Tunisia face Ivory Coast at 2pm
· Mozambique takes on Angola at 5pm
· Kenya challenges Cape Verde at 8pm.
· Cameroon 74-50 Kenya
· Nigeria 67-50 Mozambique
· Senegal 100-31 Guinea
· Mali 101-39 Tunisia.
The 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket will run until September 26. The top two teams qualify for one of the qualifying tournaments for the 2022 FIBA FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup to be held in Sydney between September 22 and October 1.