Nigeria moved up seven spots to 11th with 528.9 points in the latest FIBA World Ranking Women presented by Nike in Switzerland on Wednesday.
The climb comes off the back of D’Tigress’ dominance at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2023, where they won the title for the fourth time in a row.
Mali, who finished third at the tournament, made a huge leap of 13 places to 16th with 362.1 points, while silver medalists Senegal enjoyed an increase of 11 places to 316.3 points and are the last team occupying a berth in the top 20.
Fresh from making history and being crowned FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 champions, Belgium have moved up one spot, and it’s highly significant and cause for delight as they now secure their joint all-time high of sixth spot. With 654.6 points, they jump over neighbours France, who are on 643.8, and the Cats are only 0.8 points behind Canada in what is an unchanged top five.
China won the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2023 and remains stable in second place.
Brazil are back in the top ten after they soared seven places to eighth position on 612.6 points via their stunning FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2023 triumph. The South American nation won a record sixth title at the event as they beat the USA in the final.
Elsewhere on the list, Hungary’s eye-catching run to the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Semi-Finals also sees them back in the top 20 with a rise of five places to 19th on 342.5 points.
Meanwhile, Germany played in the competition for the first time in 12 years and excelled on their return, helping them to accelerate 11 places to 25th on 298.5 points.
Finally, Iran achieved a stellar rise of 26 places to 52nd after moving to 135 points after they made the title game of the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Division B 2023 in Bangkok.
This is the first FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike, that benefits from the adjusted competition and region weights.
They have been adjusted based on the performances of each nation over the past eight years.