The Singaporeans lost 89-21 against the might of the Silver Ferns, and after finishing bottom of Group B they will now compete for the 13th-16th placed positions in the next phase of the competition.
Despite the defeat, Milicich’s team won plenty of friends among the crowd, with bright, adventurous play helping them to that historic high score against their illustrious opponents.
“I think the occasion was the exciting thing. We haven’t had that kind of support in this sort of environment since we’ve been here, and I think the players really enjoyed it.
“I told them to just soak it up, because it’s a rare opportunity for them. We’ve done very well to get out there and rub shoulders with the Ferns. We’ve come off the court with smiles on our faces and that’s what we wanted.”
Singapore now go on to fight for placings, with their target being to improve upon their 15th place finish four year ago.
“We need to make sure we consolidate on what we have learned in the last three days, and put some things together for our next three games, which are really important.
“Our goal hasn’t changed – we want to improve on our 15th ranking from the last World Cup, so we’re aiming to finish in 13th or 14th spot.
“The players had some individual goals that they want to achieve from today and I think they achieved those. We’re not trying to think too much about the score, but that overall performance, and I think we did some really nice things out there today.”