KHATE Castillo came through with 23 points and six rebounds while Camille Claro added 13 points and eight rebounds as De La Salle overwhelmed University of the East, 72-50, to force a best-of-three title series against National University in the UAAP Season79 women’s basketball stepladder semifinals on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The finals opener between the Lady Archers and the Lady Bulldogs, is set on Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Three-peat seeking NU, which has won 46 straight games dating back from 2014 season, is in the best-of-three Finals after going 14-0 in the eliminations.
For De La Salle, it will be its third championship appearance in the last four seasons.
The Lady Archers, who secured the twice-to-beat bonus in the step-ladder semifinals after finishing at 11-3 in second place, wasted no time in finishing off the Lady Warriors by leading by as much as 27 points to prevail.
Love Sto. Domingo had 22 points and 10 rebounds for UE, which achieved its first podium finish under coach Ai Libornio.