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Resilient Angola see off Mozambique in gruelling battle, Egypt join the centenary club

YAOUNDE (Cameroon) - Two-time Africa champion, Angola had to fall back on their A-game to be able to wade off a still challenge from Mozambique in Day-2 of the FIBA Women's AfroBasket, and Egypt were ruthless over Guinea at the Palais Polyvalent des Sports, Yaounde, Cameroon.

Angola coasted to a double digits first half lead (39-28) and further extended the lead by adding three more points to take a 53-39 points advantage going into the decisive quarter, but had to prove resilience as Mozambique put up pressure on.

But the winners of the 2011 and 2013 editions of Women's AfroBasket eventually prevailed 70-61.

Avelina Peso played a lead role on her side's hard-fought victory with 17 points, 9 rebounds, two assists, three steals and an efficiency rating of 26 with captain Italee Lucas adding 12 points and three rebounds. Both, Peso and Lucas were the only Angolans to score in double digits. 

In Sunday's game, Egypt joined Senegal and Mali as the three teams to reach a hundred-point mark when they handed Guinea their second defeat in Group C winning by 102-58 points.

Nadine Mohamed, who made her Women's AfroBasket debut in 2015 in Yaounde before embarking on a US College basketball career, was in superb form for her side, leading her team in scoring with 20 points. She added seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and an efficiency rating of 26.

Nadine Mohamed

Mohamed was joined by five other Egyptians who scored in double digits, while Guinea's Aicha Dallo Mara finished with a game-high 21 points and her 39-year-old teammate Khady Mbaye added 13 points in the losing cause.

Team captain Soraya Degheidy added 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, five steals and garnered 25 efficiency rating, four other players were in double digits, Hagar Amer (15), Norhan Ahmed (14), Nouralla Abdelamin (12) and Raneem Elgedawy contributing 11 points for Egypt.

Cote D'Ivoire started her Group D campaign with a 69-49 points victory over Tunisia in the second match up of the day.

Ivorian guard Kani Kouyate finished the tie with nine points but was all the she had to thank for as she picked up seventeen solid rebounds, ten of which from offense and seven from defense and was rated highest on her team roster with 25 efficiency rating.

Kani Kouyate

Salimata Berte led Cote D'Ivoire in scoring with 20 points as the duo of Laetitia Sahie and Djefarima Diawara contributed 16 and 11 points respectively.

Marwa Shili, Wafa Loubiri, and Mariem Trabelsi - the only Tunisians to score in double digits - combined for Tunisia's 40 points. 

And, the last game of Day-2 of Africa's biggest women championship between Kenya and Cape Verde provided an edge of seat moment for both sides but Kenya proved the better side at end snatching a 61-58 victory.

Victoria Reynolds

Kenya's Victoria Reynolds, who became the heroin for her team, led her side with an efficiency rating of 20, poured in 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals while Christine Akinyi added 14 points and five rebounds with Mercy Wanyama grabbing ten rebounds, two blocks and eight points.

Joseana Vaz was an all-around for Cape Verde, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and  Ornela Livramento followed Vaz with 16 points.

Kenya await the outcome of the game between Cape Verde and host Cameroon on game Day-3 to know their final standing in Group A.