DE LA Salle University halted University of the East’s (UE) four-game winning run on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 women’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Khate Castillo had 21 points and nine rebounds; Camille Claro added 17 points and six assists, while Snow Penaranda had a double-double effort of 11 points and 10 boards as the Lady Archers nipped the Lady Warriors, 74-72.
“We weren’t playing smart especially in the second half. We’re turning the ball over. It became easier for them to score baskets, easy baskets on the other end. So we need to improve on our decision making especially against pesky team like UE,” said La Salle head coach Cholo Villanueva.
With its fifth win in six matches, La Salle stayed within reach of reigning two-time champion National University, which is unbeaten in four starts.
“We’re just lucky that we want this game. Again, all the stats say that they should have won the game but the good thing about this game is we have our composure down the stretch. We were able to make stops when we needed them and execute properly and get the shots that we wanted especially in the last one minute and a half,” Villanueva added.
Earlier, University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons notched their first win of the season, edging past the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 42-40.
“Finally, we won. Our 11-day break since our game against UST was a big advantage. So this is our first game after 11 days, we really prepared well for Ateneo. We had more than one week to prepare so it’s good that the players responded,” said UP head coach Kenneth Raval.
Both teams tallied 24 turnovers, but the Lady Maroons banked on their free throw shooting – 85.71 percent compared to Ateneo’s 60 percent.
“What I said to them in the last three minutes, we just have to really outwork our opponents and we’ll have a fighting chance and of course, lessen our turnovers. I think we’re averaging 32,” Raval added.