28 July, 2019
03 August
8 Sara Caetano (ANG)
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Caetano turns up the light, Egypt on fire

KIGALI (Rwanda) - Sara Caetano is at the FIBA U16 Women's African Championship to mean business. As simple as that. A total of 63 points in two games averaging 31.5 points per game has her at the top of the scorers' chart in style. 

Her efficiency on the boards and consistency is what has set her apart so far from the rest of the pack as she dropped 33 points and picked 17 rebounds to guide Angola past hosts Rwanda 68-49 for their second victory at the biennial competition so far. 

That win improved Angola's win ratio to 2-0 while the hosts find themselves between a rock and a hard place with two straight losses despite their performance being a much better one after they put up a decent fight against a more drilled side. 

Title contenders Egypt started their campaign on a positive note making light work of Uganda 80-46 in the Nile derby with point guard Hala Yassine enjoying a field day. She scored 18 points to her name in a performance that was enough to earn her a woman-of-the-match award. 

The North Africans were a beauty to watch on offence as they worked their way into the good books of the home fans who were left entertained by the execution of the basics of the hoops game right from moving the ball until an opening to shoot and down to how they pressed close on both zonal marking in the paint and boxing out. 

For head coach Aly Ahmed, he will still be looking for an improvement on their defence when they take on the reigning champions Mali in their next game. 

Radwa Abdelaal and captain Farida Mosaad added 12 and 11 points in that order to hand Egypt an important win that will give them confidence. 

Mary Amaniyo netted a joint game high 18 points and picked four rebounds while her fellow forward Maria Najjuma picked 22 rebounds and scored 11 points to make a case for Uganda but this was not enough to overcome a much stronger Egyptian side. 

Meanwhile, Mozambique picked their first win at the tournament defeating neighbours Tanzania 78-52 much to the disappointment of the Tanzanians who were in the winning equation at the half time break but a lack of consistency and complacency in the third saw them collapse much to Mozambique's advantage. 

Both Mozambique and Tanzania are at a 1-all win ratio and will be looking to improve that record on Tuesday. Tanzania face unbeaten Angola while Mozambique will be up against hosts Rwanda.