Having lost their first game 90-76 to China and finding themselves at the bottom of the qualifying group, they took the game to the French side winning the last three quarters 16-10, 21-14 and 19-13, after losing the first quarter 11-28.
Galatasaray’s Victoria Macaulay led the scoring for Nigeria with 19 points as the team led in 2 and 3 pointers 51%-44% and 35%-32% respectively.
Macaulay’s outing was an improvement on Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah’s 12 points against China.
Nigeria now occupies the second spot on the table with 3 points and a -12 game points.
Otis Hughley’s side will next play Mali on Sunday.
Coach Hughley in a post-game presser said the goal for his team was to play better than they did against China and it paid off with the win.
D’Tigress beats France 67-65 to keep World Cup qualifying hopes alive