The National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs eye to extend their winning streak to 42 when they face the Adamson University Lady Falcons in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 Women’s basketball tournament today at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
The NU Lady Bulldogs mauled the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 80-56, while the Adamson Lady Falcons beat the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons, 60-67 on Saturday.
Afril Bernardino led the Lady Bulldogs with a double-double performance of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Lady Falcon Jamie Alcoy raised the banner for Adamson with 17 points and five rebounds.
“It was easy for them to do their thing. In the fourth quarter they are doing their own thing for themselves. I told them not to do that. You have to play as a team all the time,” NU head coach Patrick Aquino said after improving their clean 9-0 win-loss card.
Adamson Lady Falcons are currently No.4 with four wins and five loses.
But Aquino said that he does not want his team to relax against Adamson. “I do not wanna say I worry about Adamson. They are still a team [to beat]. If we don’t play well and work together, it will be a different story,” Aquino added.
The NU Lady Bulldogs will battle the Adamson Lady Falcons at 3 p.m. Prior to the main event, the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors will face the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws at 8 a.m., while the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers will clash with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigresses at 10 a.m. The Ateneo Lady Eagles will try to return to the winning column as they face the UP Lady Maroons at 1 p.m.
Aquino said that the rebounding department of the NU Lady Bulldogs and the support from the bench players are the elements they have to fix before facing Adamson.
“Like most of the day our rebounds [will be the focus]. I’ll be practicing them with that. The bench [players]have to function. [They have] to support the first five. We still lack [on these aspects]and hopefully we improve,” Aquino concluded.