YAOUNDE (AfroBasket Women 2015) Egypt won their second at AfroBasket Women 2015 Group B action in Yaounde, Cameroon on Friday.
After beating Algeria on Thursday, Egypt needed to step up to edge out Guinea 81-73 to remain undefeated in the tournament.
The North Africans' rotation paid off as Soraia Deghady and Fatma Aly came off the bench to retransform coach Tarek Elkattan’s team.
Despite Egypt’s dominance, Guinea never gave up, cutting the deficit to five points midway through the fourth quarter, but Egypt prevailed, especially because Deghady's long range shooting.
Stats Don't Lie: Had Guinea being more effective offensively they could have come out with their second win in the tournament history - They last won a game at AfroBasket Women 2011. Even though Egypt turned the ball over 20 times, Guinea’s 24 percent field-goal shooting (24 for 89) proved costly.
Nadia Peruch Niang, and Mariama Djiba Toure combined for 34 Guinea's points, but they needed a lot more support from the bench who contributed only two points.
Game Hero: Deghady sparked Egypt’s offense, making the team’s three three-pointer to go with a crucial 13 points.
Bottom Line: Having arrived in Yaounde on Friday morning - a day after the beginning of the competition - and play as hard as they did, Guinea left a message of their competitiveness spirit. This Guinea is nothing like the team that conceded heavy defeats against Mali during FIBA Africa Zone qualifiers in June.
Egypt, on the other hand, increased their chances of advancing to the Quarter-Finals, even though they are yet to face title contender Angola, Nigeria and Senegal in Group B.