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Afrobasket: Gazelles Clinch Best Ever Finish

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Friday, August 4
•Uganda 85-44 Guinea

Uganda Women’s National Basketball team, the Gazelles, have recorded their best ever placement at the FIBA Women’s Basketball tournament.

The Gazelles eased past Guinea 85-44 in a classification game at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda on Friday.

And the team ends the championship in seventh place, their most successful campaign on their third attempt.

In 1997 Afrobasket in Kenya, Uganda lost all their four games terribly on their debut – Kenya (117-36), Mali (140-31), Senegal (150-45) and Cameroon (122-57) to finish 9th.

In 2015, Uganda beat South Africa 55-43 in their only group win before overcoming Algeria 75-73 in the classification to finish 10th.

Jannon Otto scored a game high 22 points while Jane Asinde, making a return since an injury in painful Rwanda loss, added 15 points.

Melissa Akullu, Rita Imanishimwe and Hope Akello added 9 points each in commanding display.

Every player on the Ugandan roster, outside Evelyn Nakiyinji, registered her name in the score-sheet column.

The tournament will be well remembered, mostly for that big win over 11-time winners Senegal in their second group game after losing to Mali in the opener.

Uganda went on to beat DR Congo 78-62 in the playoff game to storm their first ever quarterfinal.

Despite leading 22-11 against Rwanda in the First quarter, the Gazelles collapsed after Jane Asinde injury to lose 61-66.

The 66-88 defeat against Mozambique on Friday left the Gazelles fighting in 7-8th game but a return to winning ways in solid fashion against Guinea will see the Gazelles leave Kigali with heads high.

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