SINGAPORE - Hosts Singapore lost 37-61 to Papua New Guinea during the Mission Foods Nations Cup tournament at the OCBC Arena on Wednesday (Sept 7).
Both sides entered the match with two wins and one loss each.
Ranked 15th in the world, Papua New Guinea seized the lead in the first quarter, going into the break 14-10 ahead on the back of aggressive play and quick passes.
Their dominant form continued in the second quarter, and they had twice the number of goals (32-16) as the hosts at half-time.
Singapore outscored the visitors by three goals in the third quarter (14-11) but still trailed 30-43.
Papua New Guinea came out with all guns blazing in the final quarter, scoring five consecutive goals before their opponents could get one in. Charmaine Soh gave the home crowd of 1,474 something to cheer about as she scored a goal with just 20 seconds on the clock, but Papua New Guinea fired back immediately, right before the final whistle blew.
Singapore will face undefeated Zambia in the final round-robin match on Friday (Sept 9), while Papua New Guinea will play Ireland.
Said Singapore coach Ruth Aitken: "Papua New Guinea played very well and they really stepped it up in the second and fourth quarters, and we were challenged to try and stay with them.
"Our own performance was a bit up and down; I thought we were slow to start but it was good to see (goal attacker) Pamela Liew play right till the end - she did some good work there."
Thursday (Sept 8) is a rest day, and Aitken, 60, hopes her charges will regroup in time for their match against Zambia.
She added: "Zambia are in form and they've shown real ability to really put the hammer down on one quarter and just put the score out, so we've got to work really hard to contain them and try to play our game."