Return of captain spurs England win
Monday 24 July 1995
Their earlier defeat by South Africa was too crucial to be easily forgotten, as it meant that England's ambition of a place in the final was effectively over.
Their performance against a useful St Vincent side in Group Y, however, revealed much that was praiseworthy. The captain, Kendra Slawinski, was restored to the starting line-up, claiming her 121st England cap in the process. The decision to drop her for the first half against South Africa on Saturday still seems a hard one to justify, especially given the fact that England lost 77-54.
Slawinski was, as ever, a bristling presence throughout, and though she twice tumbled hard on the court she played her usual prominent part in the proceedings.
It took a while for the England attack to flow, largely because of some inaccurate shooting, principally from Tracy Miller. But the goal attack, Sheila Hartley, compensated, and by the interval England had a secure 43-25 lead.
In the penultimate quarter, England moved to 62-40 before Miller at last found her shooting form as England coasted home.
South Africa, on course for the final, enjoyed a comfortable ride against the United States to win 76-30.
The New Zealand delegation, meanwhile, has criticised the tournament structure for having too many crucial matches played too early in the competition.
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