KENYA beat Egypt 70-64 in a tight Fiba Africa Nations Cup Zone Five qualifiers at the National Stadium courts in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday evening.
The Kenyan girls went into this match knowing all too well that a win would almost certainly give them a ticket to the Africa championships in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo in November.
They were due to play Uganda in the last match of the show yesterday.
After the tip off of this eagerly awaited tie, Kenya took the initiative racing to a 18-14 advantage in the first quarter. They took it a notch higher in the second quarter with a huge 17-4 advantage for 35-18 lead at the breather.
After the intermission, the Egyptian sensing that the game was getting out of hand put the winners in too much pressure taking the third quarter 15-13 as they continued to press.
They came out with all guns blazing in the fourth where they applied a full court press subjecting their opponents into costly turnovers that they converted for a big 33-20 edge.
Hilda Indasi and Brenda Angeshi, who were the Kenyans main points getters were fouled out but already each had posted 19 and 12 points respectively. Captain Shialeli Owuor then took over sinking 19 points to ensure Kenyan carried the day.
Egypt, who have always got the better of the Kenyans in this competition, had 17 points from Reem Osama, 13 from Hagar Hesham and 10 from Menna Awad.
"We got tired and were in foul trouble. We made turnovers after Brenda and Hilda got fouled out." noted coach Ronny Owino adding that the situation would be rectified.