DAR ES SALAAM (FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016) - Kenya Ports Authority and USIU Flames have secured qualification for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016 after beating KCCA and UCU Lady Canons 72-27 and 57-53 respectively on Friday at National Stadium.
Nothing under the sun seemed to work for KCCA as they made turnover after turnover much to their frustration ultimately handing Anthony Ojukwu's side a place at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women scheduled for 26 November - 4 December.
Yvonne Akinyi and Natalie Akinyi dropped 17 and 16 points respectively.
The win improved KPA's ratio to 5-1 as they emerged as champions having lost only once to the UCU Lady Canons, who themselves blew their chance to make it to the continental showpiece.
The Mukono based outfit faced USIU in a do or die tie with their ratio at 4-1 after they fell to Rwandan side Ubumwe on Thursday.
A mediocre start saw them trailing 23-14 at the end of the first period but they fought back to cut down the lead to two points 33-31.
USIU led 47-41 in the third quarter and the experience of Sarah Chan and Angela Okoth came in handy in the last quarter to seal victory.
Chan scored a game high 24 points while Georgia Adhiambo and Okoth added 12 and 10 in that order.
Judith Ayo Nansobya top scored for the UCU Lady Canons with 16 points but her efforts were not enough to secure the much needed win.
The win for USIU meant that the latter, Ubumwe and UCU had both won four games and lost two and according to the tournament rules, the mini classification was applied highlighting the three teams' goal difference.
USIU came out top with +11 while Ubumwe settled for third place with -4 while UCU had -7.
Celine Okumo was named the Most Valuable Player for her contribution in guiding KPA to the regional title.
Final standings of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016 Zone 5 Qualifiers
1- Kenya Ports Authority(KEN)
2- USIU Flames(KEN)
4-UCU Lady Canons(UGA)
6- JKT Stars (TAN)
7- Don Bosco Lionnesses(TAN)