Adamson University will battle third seed University of the East (UE) in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 women’s basketball stepladder semifinals on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Lady Warriors closed out the elimination round with a 10-4 win-loss record, while the Adamson Lady Falcons clinched the last final four slot after trouncing University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Wednesday, 73-58.
Adamson banked on its 36 inside points against UST’s 26 markers. The Lady Falcons also capitalized on the Tigresses’ 40 turnovers, tallying 33 points.
Kaye Pingol topscored for Adamson with 17 points, while Nathalia Prado recorded a double-double outing of 15 markers and 10 boards. Jonalyn Lacson and Jamie Alcoy combined for 23 points.
Shanda Anies and Bettina Peñaflor led UST with 10 and 14 markers, respectively.
At the end of the eliminations, the Lady Falcons and the Tigresses held a 6-8 card.
“Initially, going to this tournament, I told the players that we won four games last season, and if we win five games this season, we’re not supposed to be contented with what we have. For me, we have to win as many games as possible. If we have five wins, we don’t stop from there. I did not target to reach the Final Four, my target is to improve them from last round, which is the main goal of the team,” said Adamson head coach Mike Fermin.
The Lady Warriors swept the Lady Falcons in the elimination round. During their first meeting last October 2, UE dispatched Adamson, 69-57, while on their second clash last November 12; the red-and-white cagers upset Adamson, 66-55.
“We need to watch tapes, look at what we have to improve because they (UE) defeated us twice. So for us to snatch a game, we have to double our efforts going to UE’s game on Saturday,” Fermin concluded.