The Queens bounced back resoundingly from their defeat to New Zealand, winning 87-38.
A footwork error by Singapore on the first pass of the game initially put them on the back foot, but as they relaxed into the match they began to even things out.
However, with the reliable presence of Joyce Mvula shooting at 95% in the Queens’ attacking circle, and with a steady flow of ball from the defence, it wasn’t long before Malawi found their footing and ploughed quickly onwards, to lead 27-11 at the end of the first quarter.
Heading into the second, Singapore switched things up in their defensive end with substitutes coming on.
The changes proved fruitful. Whilst still physically challenged by Malawi on the ball, Singapore were able to compete more readily with the Queens. This, coupled with Charmaine Soh converting 12 goals from 13 attempts, led to the Singaporeans producing a much-improved quarter performance, although they still trailed 45-20 at half time.
Malawi came out of the blocks fastest as the whistle started the second half, and despite changes up and down the court, the new-look Queens displayed the same fluidity and instinct as the previous line-up.
Singapore, on the other hand, struggled shooting-wise in the third quarter. Their goal attack Kai Wei Toh, under the pressure of the Malawi defence, only managed 55% in the quarter, as Malawi extended their lead out to 63-30.
Singapore once more tinkered with their line-up in a bid to try and face the Malawi charge, which continued, unrelenting in the final quarter. However, the full court defensive pressure from the Queens ultimately became too much for Singapore, who were unable to produce a response, and ultimately went down 87-38 – with Malawi’s total their second highest ever in a single World Cup match.
Malawi’s goal shooter Joyce Mvula said:
“We feel much better. Yesterday was a hard time for us but we kept on going. We just have to keep the momentum going tomorrow, where we have to win. I know it’s not easy but we just have to be strong.”