Queens finish top
Unbeaten Malawi Queens rounded up the preliminary round campaign with an easy 75-31 over Singapore victory and they will likely face Jamaica in pool E tomorrow.
Malawi have finished pool C as leaders and they have been placed in pool E alongside Jamaica, New Zealand and the team that finishes second in pool D.
Uganda and Wales are set to meet today to determine pool D winners.
Both teams are tied on four points each, but Uganda are topping pool D courtesy of superior basket difference.
Meanwhile, the top two teams from pool E will qualify for the semifinals. This means that Malawi must beat at least two teams in this pool.
Queens were a marvel to watch as they continued their push to break into the top four. The Singapore victory came 24 hours after Queens became the first side to hit three figures since 2003 when New Zealand last set the feat in a World Cup game.
In-form Tactix towering shooter, Mwawi Kumwenda, continued tormenting opponents with her agility and flair. She scored 39 baskets out of 43 attempts while Jane Chimaliro converted her seven attempts.
Sindie Simtowe scored 23 baskets out of 24 attempts. Joyce Mvula had nine chances but she converted six baskets.
Mei Ling Yu and Charmain Soh struggled to get past Queens’ resolute defence which was marshaled by skipper Carol Mtukule Ngwira.
From the first quarter it was clear that Queens would beat Singapore but hitting another three-figure score looked unlikely.
The first quarter saw Queens leading 21-10 before extending the lead to 42-15 at half time. In the third quarter Queens were leading 59-23.
Meanwhile, Queens coach Peace Chawinga-Kaluwa said they were looking forward to the next round.
“We will not get complacent. We will treat each game seriously. We will review our performance and make the rightful game plan,” she said.
Queens are ranked sixth while New Zealand are second, Jamaica third, Wales are rated eighth with Uganda on position 14.
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