Malawi Queens star Mwawi Kumwenda on Sunday put up a sublime performance to help her Australian club Melbourne Vixens survive a strong challenge from NSW Swift and earn a second consecutive victory in the Super Netball season.
The lofty shooter notched 34 baskets at 100 percent shooting accuracy at Margaret Court Arena to be the game’s top-scorer as the hosts came from behind to triumph 63-61.
According to an article on www.heraldsun.com.au, The Vixens trailed Swifts by three baskets early in the last quarter and still found themselves behind with five minutes left on the clock “but the home side fought out the contest to get one hand on the Sergeant-McKinnis Cup” and Kumwenda was key in the victory.
“Kumwenda, who gave away 7cm on 190cm opponent Sarah Klau, often managed to find space over the back and did not miss from 34 shots at goal while her partner in attack Tegan Phillip worked up the court and also hit the scoreboard with 29 goals,” the article explained.
It added that Kumwenda and Phillip were the only Vixens players that remained in their starting positions as the rest of the court was shuffled.
While describing the match as tough, the lanky shooter said it was a good match.
Kumwenda’s inspirational performance follows another excellent display in Vixens’ first game of the season last week when she scored 41 goals out of 42 attempts to emerge Nissan Player-of-the-Match as her side narrowly beat Collingwood Magpies 59-58.
But in the latest victory, the individual accolade went to teammate Emily Mannix for her defensive efforts as she gained some crucial turnovers at key moments of the match. n