The National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs trounced the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons, 84-55, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 women’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs limited the Lady Maroons to only 19 baskets out of 60 attempts.
Showing aggressive dominance, the blue-and-gold squad extended their lead to 33 as Florymae Ceño sank a three-pointer with 5:23 minutes remaining in the match, 80-47.
NU’s Sharmila Rebadulla sealed their win with a layup, 84-55, resulting in an outright finals berth. NU remained at the top of the standings unchallenged with a 14-0 win-loss card.
Afril Bernardino top scored for the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Je-anne Camelo had 14 markers while Ceño and Ria Nabalan added 12 points apiece.
Ma. Antonia Wong and Daphne Esplana both tallied 11 markers for UP, while Christine Aliermo had 10 points.
“I feel so happy not only for myself but for the kids that really worked hard not only for this season but also off season. They’ve been really working hard and I’m just so proud of them,” said NU head coach Patrick Aquino after the Lady Bulldogs swept the season for the third straight year.
Meanwhile, the Adamson University (AdU) Lady Falcons completed a come-from-behind victory against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, 57-53.
With FEU taking the lead in the first three quarters, the Lady Falcons snatched the advantage in the opening minutes of the last frame as Jamie Alcoy sank her floater, 44-43. The Lady Falcons completed a 7-0 run through the efforts of Alcoy and Jo Razalo, 51-43.
Precious Arellado broke the dry spell for the Lady Tamaraws after draining a three-pointer with 3:51 minutes remaining in the match, 54-48.
But the Lady Falcons did not look back and close the match in their favor, 57-53, forcing a playoff for the last final four berth against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigresses. Both teams hold 6-8 win-loss records.
Kaye Pingol led Adamson with 15 points, while Alcoy and Razalo had 11 markers apiece. Nathalia Prado recorded a double-double outing of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Arellado led FEU with 17 markers, while Angelica Gerner tallied 10 points and 12 rebounds.
In the the last two matches, the University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors survived the UST Growling Tigresses, 64-58, while De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers bested their archrivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 71-60.
The La Salle Lady Archers secured the second spot with an 11-3 record, while the UE Lady Warriors landed at the third spot with a 10-4 card.