Nigeria followed up victories in 2017 and 2019 to win a third consecutive Women's AfroBasket title ©

Nigeria have won a third consecutive International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women's AfroBasket title courtesy of a 70-59 victory against Mali in the final at the Yaoundé Multipurpose Sports Complex the in Cameroonian capital.

Captain Adaora Elonu notched 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in the final to help her side to victory, and was later named the tournament's Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Her team mate Ezinne Kalu also featured in the All-Star Team as point guard.

Senegal's Yacine Diop, Cameroon's Marina Paule Ewodo and Mariam Coulibaly of Mali completed the All-Star Team.

Nigeria, Africa's top-ranked nation by FIBA, beat the Ivory Coast 72-56 in the quarter-finals and Senegal 73-63 in the last four to reach the final.

Centre Victoria Macaulay scored 15 points against Mali as they earned gold medal in the event for the fifth time.

Mali meanwhile secured a dramatic, single-point 52-51 victory against hosts Cameroon in the semi-finals, having overcome 2011 and 2013 champions Angola in the previous round.

Nigeria overcame Mali 70-59 in the Women's AfroBasket final ©
Nigeria overcame Mali 70-59 in the Women's AfroBasket final ©

The eventual winners topped Group B with wins against Angola and Mozambique, while the silver medallists won Group D at the expense of the Ivorians and Tunisia.

Cameroon had home advantage and earned bronze courtesy of a 53-49 triumph against Senegal, denying their opponents a podium finish at the Women's AfroBasket for the first time since 1986.

The hosts had won Group A by beating Kenya and Cape Verde, and defeated Egypt 67-61 in the quarter-finals before their narrow loss to Mali.

Senegal clinched top spot in a group featuring Egypt and Guinea, and recorded an impressive 74-46 win against Mozambique in the last eight before coming unstuck against Nigeria.

Mozambique placed fifth, Egypt sixth, Ivory Coast seventh and Angola eighth in the final standings.

Of the teams eliminated in the group stage, Kenya ranked ninth, Cape Verde - who also won the fair-play award - 10th, Tunisia 11th and Guinea 12th.

Egypt's Nadine Mohamed Sayed Soliman Mohamed top scored for the tournament with 101 points, with Tamara Seda of Mozambique the best rebounder on 52.

Salimata Berte of Ivory Coast took the best three-pointer award.