D’Agosto win 2015 FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women, Dongue scoops MVP honours
LUANDA (2015 FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women) - Angolan side Primeiro D'Agosto won the 2015 FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women (ACCW) on Sunday following a 69-53 triumph over local and continental rivals InterClube de Luanda on the outskirts of the Angolan capital city of Luanda.
Mozambique international Leia Dongue lifted the Angolan champions with game-highs 28 points and 18 rebounds, Senegal's Maimouma Diarra was terrific near the basket to go with 12 points and seven rebounds, and the D’Agosto ended InterClube’s attempt to win the tournament for the third consecutive time.
Italee Lucas and Nadir Manuel - the only InterClube de Luanda players to score in double digits - combined for 22 points, but D’Agosto's determination proved too much for the former ACCW champions.
D'Agosto outplayed the opponent from start to finish.
As well as leading 30-16 at half-time, D’Agosto out-rebounded InterClube 40-23 to finish the tournament undefeated in eight games.
InterClube, on the other hand, concluded the event with a 6-2 mark.
This is D'Agosto's first ACCW title since 2006.
2015 FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women All-Star Five - from left to right: Maimouna Diarra (SEN), Sarah Zeinab Chan (SSD), Ana Suzana Jaime (MOZ), Leia Dongue (MOZ) and Italee Lucas (ANG-USA)
In meantime, Dongue was named the tournament Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row.
The Mozambican ace headlined the All-Tournament team along with Maimouna Diarra, Ana Suzana Jaime, Italee Lucas and Sarah Chan.
In the Third-Place game, Mozambique champions Ferroviario de Maputo outscored Nigerian First Bank 71-54.
Early in the day Nigerian side Dolphins held on to a 59-52 win over INSS from the DR Congo to claim the fifth-place, while INJS from Cameroon beat RADI from the DR Congo 58-53.
African Champions Cup Women 2015 final standings:
1. Primeiro D’Agosto (Angola)
2. InterClube de Luanda (Angola)
3. Ferroviario de Maputo (Mozambique)
4. First Bank (Nigeria)
5. Dolphins (Nigeria)
6. INSS (DR Congo)
7. INJS (Cameroon)
8. RADI (DR Congo)
9. BERCO Stars (Burundi)
10. United States International University (Kenya)
11. Kampala City Council Authority (Uganda)
12. Maculusso (Angola)