Sun, Sep

WNBA Star, Akhator out to Shine at Afrobasket


Nigeria's women's basketball team, D’Tigress super star, Evelyn Akhator is out to have fun in her debut at the 2017 Afrobasket Championship currently taking place in Mali.


Currently plying her trade in the WNBA with the Dallas Wings, Akhator who plays as a forward/center insist she has not fully reached her full potential despite the glimpse she showed in her game-high 24 points performance against Egypt.


The influential player who started her campaign against Mozambique with 13points and 6 rebounds before hitting 7points and catching 9 rebounds against DR Congo climaxed on Sunday against Egypt with 24points, 5 assists, and 13 rebounds.


Despite recording a double-double against Egypt, the number 3 pick in the 2017 WNBA draft is not carried away by her performances so far at the competition as she is fully focused on the games ahead.


“I don’t care about the scores, we just play every opposition at a time and that is what I have been doing and I think it’s been working not just for me but also for the team."


She expressed satisfaction with the team’s display after a good outing which saw them blowing out their Egyptian opposition with a 106points to 72 win.


According to her, opponents who underrated them due to their size have continued to regret it.


on the team’s chances of winning the tournament and booking an automatic ticket to the 2018 FIBA World cup, Akhator said the team is not getting ahead of themselves with 2 more group games to play as they need to focus more on their transition defence and offence.


“I think we are going to learn from our mistakes and get better. Every game is a learning experience for us. Against Egypt, we noticed we needed to take care of the ball more, we needed to reduce our turnovers and that was exactly what we did.”

Nigeria next play Guinea at 11:45am (local time) on Tuesday.