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BASKETBALL: Egypt beat DR Congo in Women’s Afrobasket opener


Photo: FIBA

The women national team beat 99-72 in the opening game of the 2017 Women’s on Friday.

The Pharaohs qualified to the tournament, which is held in Mali, after winning all of their four qualifying games against Uganda and Kenya.

Egypt managed to end the first-quarter 19-11 before smashing their opponents 26-10 and 22-20 in the second and third quarters respectively. In the fourth-quarter they were able to seal the game after scoring further 32 points.

Soraia Deghady was Egypt’s key player after handing them their first win in the tournament with 33 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Photo: FIBA

It’s worth mentioning that Egypt have fielded the youngest team for the third consecutive edition, an average age of 22 years.

Egypt were drawn in group B alongside holders Senegal, Nigeria, Guinea, DR Congo and Mozambique, with the top four teams qualify to the quarterfinals.

Egypt’s next game will be against Guinea, who lost to Senegal 105-39, on Saturday, August 19. They will then face Nigeria, Senegal and Mozambique on the 20th, 22nd and 23rd of August respectively.

The 2017 Women’s Afrobasket is being held in Mali from 18 to 27 August, with games will be played at Bamako. The winners and runners-up will be qualified for the 2018 Women’s Basketball World Cup, which will be held in Spain.

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