Celebration (Senegal)
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A to Z of AfroBasket Women 2015

NEWCASTLE (Paul Nilsen's Women's Basketball Worldwide) - The last continental championship of the year has been played and that means it's time to reflect on AfroBasket Women 2015.

A is for Aya Traore who headlined the All-Star Five with some exceptional performances and especially in the Final when the Senegal veteran brought her 'A-game'!

B is for brilliant Semi-Finals that saw two exhilarating clashes as Cameroon won 71-70 against Nigeria and Senegal edged out Angola 56-54.

C is for Cameroon and what proved to be a brilliant tournament for the hosts as they made a spectacular run all the way to the Final for the very first time.

D is for Deolinda Ngulela who is one of my favourite players in the women's game. While Mozambique didn't contest the podium, she was her usual brilliant self and made the All-Star Five.

E is for eleven - the number of AfroBasket Women titles which Senegal have now collected.

F is for former champions Angola who were denied a third straight title.

Geraldine Robert (GAB)

G is for Geraldine Robert and also Gabon. The forward is a real ambassador. She showed her class by making the All-Star Five, leading the tournament in scoring (20.4 points per game) and topping the efficiency chart.

H is for history as the hosts achieved a landmark result at the event.

I is for Ingvild Mucauro of Mozambique who was the only player in the tournament to snatch more than four steals per game.

J is for Julio Chitunda, my esteemed FIBA colleague and for all his dedicated work for the women's game in Africa, which manifested itself wonderfully at this tournament.

K is for keep improving, since this competition did feel like one that Africa could be truly proud of.

L is for Lonlack, namely Ramses Lonlack who emerged as the all-action hero for Cameroon with great numbers, performances and deserved place in the All-Star Five.

M is for Mozambique who couldn't get their strongest team out and it eventually showed in the final results as they came up short.

N is for Nigeria who claimed the last remaining berth for the 2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT).

O is for Olympics and a direct route for Senegal as they collected the last direct ticket available!

Proscovia Peace (UGA)

P is for Proscovia Peace of Uganda who amassed an impressive four tournament double-doubles and was a real powerhouse.

Q is for Qualifying Tournament, with Cameroon and Nigeria both extending their Rio dreams a little longer.

Raneem Elgedawy (EGY)

R is for Raneem Elgedawy, the 18-year-old Egypt sensation who was brilliant and averaged 11.9 points and led her team in rebounding with 8.1 board per game.

S is for seventeen triples which was the amazing tally that Mozambique racked up in their 5-8 clash against Egypt. It wasn't just raining threes, it was a deluge!

T is for tickets and the vast number that got snapped up for the local favourites with a string of super sell-outs!

U is for Uganda who took positives away from their first appearance in more than a decade, although they felt they could have done even better.

V is for videos and if you aren't familiar with AfroBasket Women, it's a great way to check it out via some short highlights and plays.

W is for winless South Africa who were the only team not to record a victory and there is plainly still work to do for a Federation who have been trying to bridge the gap with workshops and technical experts.

X is for 'X-factor' as usual and it was the fabulous home supporters who certainly provided it, by roaring their team to a slice of history.

Y is for Yaounde of course and a city which is unlikely to forget AfroBasket Women 2015 because of its intense and thrilling nature.

Z is for Zedong Taiwaly, the head coach of Cameroon who led his team to their best-ever finish.

Paul Nilsen


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Paul Nilsen

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