The National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs eye to extend their winning streak to 39 as they face the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigresses in the University Athletic Associa-tion of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 women’s basketball tournament today, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
After sweeping the last two seasons, the Lady Bulldogs notched their sixth win in the first round of eliminations against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, 80-69, on Wednesday.
NU dominated under the basket, tallying 47 rebounds compared to FEU’s 31. The Lady Bulldogs also moved the ball more frequently, executing 24 assists compared to 16 of the Lady Tamaraws.
However, the Lady Tamaraws limited the Lady Bulldogs to 31 baskets out of 74 attempts. They also notched more three-pointers, five out 16, compared to NU’s seven out of 25.
Showcasing a double-double performance, Lady Bulldog Jack Animam tallied 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Gemma Miranda and Ria Nabalan combined for 31 markers.
Valerie Mamaril led FEU with 20 points, followed by Angelica Gerner and Precious Arellado with 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
“I won’t disregard what UST has right now. But you know, what the record is, it doesn’t matter when it’s a game. It’s gonna be different all the time so we’ll be ready for that, we’ll do our very best again. You know Coach Haydee (Ong) has already been planning or maybe scouting us all the time. We can’t just ignore the good players they have. Maybe, we have to play better than we expect,” said NU head coach Patrick Aquino.
The UST Growling Tigresses lost to the Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons, 62-66, on Wednesday.
The Tigresses failed to escape the sticky defense of Adamson, scoring 22 baskets out of 71 attempts.
Shanda Anies led UST with 13 points, while Misaela Larosa recorded a double-double performance of 11 markers and 11 boards.
The Lady Bulldogs kept an unscathed 6-0 win-loss card while the Tigresses currently hold a 2-4 slate.
The FEU Lady Tamaraws will battle the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons at 8 a.m. with both teams looking for their second win. FEU and UP are tied in the last spot with a 1-5 card.