DEFENDING champion National Uni¬versity moved two wins of clinching an outright Finals berth by dismantling Far Eastern University, 71-57, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 women’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym.
Shelley Gupilan scattered 18 of her 20 points from beyond the arc while Trixie Antiquiera scored all of her 15 points from the three-point area as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 12-0, and have won 28 straight contests dating back from last year.
De La Salle University, meanwhile, extended its winning streak to 11 while snapping University of the Philippines’ four-game winning run with a 78-53 victory.
Ara Abaca delivered a superb all-around performance with 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while Camille Claro tossed in 15 points for the Lady Archers, who have already assured of the twice-to-beat bonus, either in the Final Four or stepladder semis format.
Jollina Go drilled in 16 of her 28 points in the first half as Ateneo de Manila University hammered out a 66-62 decision over University of the East to bolster its semis hopes.
Princess Cochico tallied 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as Adamson University snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 75-71 win over University of Santo Tomas.
The Lady Eagles improved to 5-7 to tie the Lady Warriors and the Tigresses from third to fifth spots, while the Lady Falcons are not far behind at 4-8, joining the Lady Maroons in sixth place.
The Lady Tamaraws are already out of the running with a 2-10 card.