Basketball: Kenya Lioness seek redemption against Cape Verde
BASKETBALL | By Washington Onyango | September 19th 2021
Kenya women's basketball team Lioness will be seeking to bounce back to winning ways when they play Cape Verde in their second pool match at the ongoing FIBA Women's Afrobasket in Yaunde in Cameroon.
Lioness campaign got off to a disappointing start after going down 74-50 to hosts Cameroon in their pool "A" opener on Saturday.
The defeat leaves Kenya in a dangerous position of elimination as they have to defeat Cape Verde to revive their hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.
In the first match, Kenya put in more work in the first two quarters but trailed 21-17 and 18-16 to fall 39-33 at halftime.
The hosts won the match in the third quarter. The Lionesses were within six points reach at the break, but we're completely undone in the third quarter and never recovered.
This is after a massive 26-9 scoreline in favor of the hosts and despite Kenya taking the final quarter 11-9, Cameroon comfortably won 74-50.
Kenya Captain Natalie Akinyi and Spain-based Mercy Wanyama jointly top-scored for Kenya with 12 points in the match as immediate Zone V MVP Victoria Reynolds was kept quiet.
The best two teams from the championship will advance to one of the qualifying tournaments for the 2022 Fiba Women's Basketball World Cup.
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