Hughley Hails D’Tigress Despite Loss. Despite losing to the United States in the quarterfinal of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain, coach of Nigeria women’s basketball team, Otis Hughley, has hailed his team’s display at the global showpiece.
While expressing his joy despite the loss, Hughley, who took over the reins after the sack of Sam Vincent in August 2018 said: “I love these girls. I have two biological daughters and I feel like I have 12 more daughters.”
The D’Tigress who became the first African team to reach the quarter-final stage of the FIBA Women’s World Cup, lost 71-40 to world number one and defending champions, USA, as their hopes of advancing to the semis crashed.
About the game, he noted: “I thought they fought really well in the first half. I think the difference in the game is who shot well. I thought we played exponentially above what we have.
“Our girls dug down until there was nothing left. I’ve never felt so happy after a 31-point loss.”
En route the quarter-final, the D’Tigress secured three consecutive victories against Turkey, Argentina, and Greece after a disappointing loss to Australia. They became the first African team to reach the last eight.