Nigeria Makes Significant Move Up FIBA Women’s Ranking

By: Gyang Dakwo

Nigeria, Belgium, Brazil and Mali are all celebrating positive rises in the latest edition of the FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike

Fresh from being crowned FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Champions, Nigeria move 7 places to 11th with 528.9 points. That comes off the back of their dominance at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2023 where they won the silverware for the fourth time in a row.

Meanwhile, Mali who had to settle for third in the tournament move upwards again due to their continued consistency. They have been rewarded with a huge leap of 13 places to 16th with 362.1 points, while silver medalists Senegal enjoy an increase of 11 places to 316.3 points and are the last team occupying a berth in the top 20.

FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 champions, Belgium have moved up one spot to secure their  all-time high of sixth spot. With 654.6 points, they jump over neighbors France who are on 643.8 and are only 0.8 points behind Canada in what is an unchanged top five.

China who won the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2023 remain 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 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.

This is the first FIBA World Ranking Women, presented by Nike that benefits from the adjusted Competition and Region Weights which based on the performances  of each nation over the past 8 years.