Melbourne Vixens continued their unbeaten streak against Collingwood Magpies with a 59-58 win but Melbourne Vixens coach Simone McKinnis says there is a lot to take away despite the win.
It was the Vixens third straight win over the Magpies but it was a close match and it looked like the Magpies had the upper hand throughout the match.
The Vixens were only able to win one bonus point as they won the second quarter by seven goals.
"I thought it was a really tough game," McKinnis said.
"It was a high quality game, both sides played exceptionally well at different times.
"I said to the girls at the end, I was just really proud of the way they worked right until the end," she said.
Malawian shooter Mwai Kumwenda had a standout in the match with a 98 percent shooting accuracy making 41 from 42 attempts.
The Magpies pushed the Vixens through each quarter but the Vixens locked up the game with two minutes left to play and went on to lead with 42 seconds left on the clock.
The Magpies weren't giving up easily but the pressure was intense with a minor error made when the ball was thrown into the circle and found the hands of the Vixens instead of the Caitlin Thwaites.
The Vixens were able to remain composed as the clock ran down and they brought the ball up the court to try to extend their lead but the siren went and they had claimed four points plus a bonus.
It wasn't a perfect game from the Vixens McKinnis said in the post-match interview.
"I think there is a lot we can learn from that match because there were some areas we weren't so good and we enjoy the win but it shows us there is a lot to learn as well," she said.
"I thought Collingwood played a good game at keeping us up, taking away our depth and our flow of the ball so we've got to be better at taking that back ourselves."