DAR ES SALAAM (FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women 2016) - Ugandan champions UCU Lady Canons (UCU) extended their unbeaten run to three wins after edging Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) 64-60 in a very heavily contested tie on Tuesday.
KPA came back strong in the second quarter outscoring UCU 21-14 to cut down the former's lead to three points 32-29 at the break.
In the third quarter, KPA coach Anthony Ojukwu changed tactics as his side launched their habitual full court press to force the Lady Canons on a run of forced turnovers with only Franceas Nabulobi's well-taken three pointer to show for in five minutes of stoppage time.
The two sides exchanged the lead many a time but KPA established a 56-51 lead with two minutes to play.
UCU experienced shooting guard Judith Ayo Nansobya then shot two back-to-back three pointers to revive her side's hope of winning the tie.
Her teammate, Ritah Imanishimwe who is quickly establishing herself as a stoppage time winner, was fouled in the paint and made her trip to the free throw line count much to the excitement of her teammates as UCU took a 62-60 lead.
Nansobya was then fouled and she converted both on the charity line to seal victory for the Lady Canons to maintain an unbeaten run of three wins.
Meanwhile, USIU Flames registered their third win after defeating Ubumwe 81-74 in an entertaining game that saw the lead change four times and tied seven times.
USIU's Sarah Chan sunk an incredible 38 points and registered 12 rebounds to inspire her teammates to a hard-fought victory that brings their tally to 3-0.
Angela Okoth and Georgia Adhiambo added 17 and 10 points in that order as the Kenyan outfit kept their eyes on the coveted trophy and a place at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women set for 26 November - 4 December in Maputo, Mozambique.
Burundian center Ines Nezerwa scored 34 points but her efforts were not enough to salvage a win against USIU. This brings her points tally to 77 in three games having scored 31 points against KPA in the opener.
KCCA Leopards of Uganda finally found their winning feet after registering two victories against Tanzanian sides JKT 77-58 and Don Bosco Lionesses 73-35.
Burundian forward Larissa Katungeko scored 14 points against Don Bosco and 10 against JKT.
The two wins have improved KCCA's ratio to 2-2 while JKT and Don Bosco are both out of title contention having lost all their games so far.