AfroBasket: Lionesses maul Cape Verde to take charge of Group A
Kenya’s women basketball team Lionesses took charge of Group A of the Women’s Afrobasket Championship after defeating Cape Verde 61-58 in their second group game at the Yaoundé Multipurpose Sports Complex.
Lionesses dominated the first, third and fourth quarters; 16-12, 15-13 and 18-12 while losing 12-21 in the last quarter.
USA -based Victoria Reynolds led Kenya’s charge scoring 17 points, five assists and five rebounds while Cape Verde’s Joseana Vaz had 18 points with 12 rebounds and three assists.
Lionesses are likely to finish second in the group as giants Cameroon face Cape Verde today with the hosts widely expected to win.
In the meantime Lionesses head coach George Mayienga says they are handling each team differently.
“We’re taking one game at a time because the teams are not the same, they have different styles of players and systems of which we need to approach differently. We’ll be training today (Monday) since we don’t have a game today,” Mayienga said.
Finishing second will see the Kenyans advance to the knockout stage to face Mozambique who finished third in Group B on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, in Group C, Guinea suffered another huge defeat losing 58-102 to Egypt while Tunisia were defeated 49-69 by Ivory Coast in a Group D contest as Mozambique lost 61-70 to Angola in a Group B match.
Today’s last group matches
Ivory Coast VS Mali -1PM
Egypt VS Senegal- 4PM
Cape Verde VS Cameroon -7PM
Angola VS Nigeria-10PM