Uganda secured a seventh place finish, their best ever at the Women’s Afrobasket 2023 by beating Guinea 85-44 on Friday afternoon at the BK Arena in Kigali Rwanda.
Jannon Jaye Otto led Uganda’s top performers with 21 points while Jane Asinde who was coming back from a sprained ankle injury added 15 points on the day.
Forward Hope Akello picked up 12 boards and added 9 points as the Gazelles run riot in the last two quarters of the game. The win was Uganda’s biggest points difference at the tournament.
Head coach Alberto Antuna’s reaction.
“We’re 7th on the continent, that’s massive for us, we came here after 9 years, I think everyone who watched our games saw that we played very good basketball and like I said to the girls it’s not easy to win by 40 points against teams in this tournament.”
“After the tough loss against Rwanda and Asinde’s injury, everyone was affected, the body language on the team was different but her playing again means she put everything on the line for her country.
“We value this win, leaving the tournament with different milestones like finishing 7th for the first time, beating Senegal first time in history, winning three games first time in history so we need to be proud of all our efforts, it’s a huge milestone.
Jane Asinde Reaction.
“This tournament has been a great opportunity for me it’s my first time playing for Uganda, making history, it’s been amazing to play with the girls and we just going to keep building on what we have.”
Nigeria won the competition for the fourth straight time while Mali scooped third place after beating hosts Rwanda.