After securing the second seed, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers aim to sustain their winning momentum when they face the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 women’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“There’s no time to relax. We need to win this. We want to hold our destiny. We can’t let other teams to get the twice-to-beat advantage so there’s no room for complacency for us. We just need to work harder,” said La Salle head coach Cholo Villanueva.
Through Khate Castillo’s trey in the last 1:29 minutes of the match, the La Salle Lady Archers notched their ninth victory against the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors, 70-65, on November 5.
The green-and-white squad dominated beyond the arc, sinking eight out of 21 attempts while the Lady Warriors only had four out of 28.
Dominating under the basket, the UE Lady Warriors grabbed 50 boards against La Salle’s 34. The red-and-white cagers also banked on their second-chance points, tallying 20 markers against zero of the Lady Archers.
Castillo top scored La Salle with 18 points, followed by Camille Claro with 17. Joahanna Arciga and Snow Peñaranda added 14 and 13 markers, respectively.
Love Sto. Domingo showcased a double-double performance for UE with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Bienca also recorded a double-double outing of 10 markers and 12 boards, while Eunique Chan and Ruthlaine Tacula combined for 24 points.
Meanwhile, the UP Lady Maroons upset the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, claiming their second win this season on Wednesday.
Ma. Patricia Pesquera’s buzzer beating three-pointer saved her team from another defeat, 46-44.
The La Salle Lady Archers currently hold a 9-3 card win-loss record, while the UP Lady Maroons sat at the last spot with a 2-10 card.
Keeping their final four hopes alive, the Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons eye to bounce back against the UE Lady Warriors at 8 a.m.
The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Grow-ling Tigresses handed the Adamson Lady Falcons their seventh loss on Wednesday, 74-70.
With their respective defeats, the UE Lady Warriors landed at third place with 8-4 cards, while the Adamson Lady Falcons are at fifth place with 5-7.