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2021 FIBA Women's AfroBasket silver medallists, mali, had to put on a show talent to beat Uganda in their first Group C game, winning 80-66 thanks to the prowess of Djeneba N'Diaye, who scored 25 points.
Admittedly, Uganda had a few flashes of genius, notably through Jannon Otto, who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds.
But the Malians were able to respond to the Ugandan offensives, thanks to N'Diaye, who did a bit of everything claiming 25 points, 2 rebounds and 7 steals. Highlight: every one of her steals resulted in points for the West African team.
It was Uganda, however, who got off to the best possible start, 19-16 at the end of the first period. But the Malians regained their offensive efficiency after the break, scoring over 20 points in each of the three remaining periods to claim their first win in Kigali.
On a side note, Uganda's head coach, Alberto Antuna, was ejected with over five minutes to go in the game after cumulating two technical fouls.
Earlier, Nigeria got off to a dream start with their victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo. They won 69-35 in the first Group D match of the tournament. Coach Bellarmin Tshibangu Sabwe's charges certainly gave them a run for their money. But the Nigerians proved too strong in the end.