Malawi netball star Mwawi Kumwenda was earned her Most Valuable Player for the consecutive game as Melbourne Vixens recorded the biggest win over Thuderbirds 75-54.
Mwawi scored 38 baskets at 97percent while her partner Tegan Phillip got 37 baskets at 93 percent to inspire the team to their fifth victory in round 8 of the Suncorp Super Netball.
“I can’t stop smiling Another win and being named the most valuable player in today’s game,” she said.
“I am proud to be on this team. It was always my dream to play for the Vixens because I started my career in Victoria.”
According to Suncorp Super Netball website The Thunderbirds’ fight would have frustrated, and perhaps surprised, the Vixens whose lead was trimmed to five by halftime.
Pitman, Bailey and captain Erin Bell gave nothing away to the Vixens’ defenders who were unable to influence the first half momentum.
For much of the game, Thunderbird Renae Ingles had been on track for a breakout performance.
She trailed Liz Watson everywhere and had restricted the Vixens wing attack to just a handful of involvements. But she couldn’t do it indefinitely.
Watson blew the Thunderbirds away in the third quarter as the Victorians set aside their second-quarter troubles to lead by 12 at the final change.
Even when the Adelaide defenders forced her high, her vision and laser-accurate hands would find a shooter with a long-range pass.
Melbourne ramped up its defensive game in the final term, led by Jo Weston and Emily Mannix who wrapped up the Thunderbirds attackers.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :