Mwawi Kumwenda posted 49 baskets to lead her Australian team Peninsula Waves to a 66-46 victory over North East Blazers on Wednesday night at the State Netball-Hockey Centre.
The result was a sigh of relief to coach Claire Houben following last week’s defeat at the hands of Monash University.
Waves went down 60-51 to the impressive university team in their first home match of the season.
It was the first loss for Waves in the new season in which they have so far played seven games.
Houben expressed delight at her team’s recovery, urging her players to remain focused on next fixtures.
“It is a credit to the girls. They have been working hard and they are getting the results. But we have a few tough games coming up,” she said.
Houben had a special praise for Mwawi, who she calls MJ.
“MJ has just been playing so well. She just had another fantastic game and it is lovely to see how well she is doing.
“People just don’t see how athletic the girl is, but this week, I think she really showed that,” she said.
Holly-Ann Hood and Kelly Haynes were also outstanding.
Mwawi described the victory as important as the team aims to play in the national championship.
“The loss at the hands of Monash was painful and scaring. I thought we had lost the morale, but the victory tonight has restored confidence in the team. It was an important victory and, hopefully, we can continue winning so that we play in the national finals,” she said.