NATIONAL University (NU) won its 32nd straight game to claim back-to-back UAAP women’s basketball titles, hammering out a 75-55 victory over Ateneo on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym.
The Lady Eagles finally got their first lead of the Finals series, 3-0, but the Lady Bulldogs buckled down the work with their stingy pressing defense, taking a 19-6 run early in the second period and never looked back.
It was NU’s second straight perfect season, as the Lady Bulldogs’ hold the third current longest winning streak in any sport in the league.
Adamson is 62-0 in softball, which spans for five seasons, while NU men’s lawn tennis is unbeaten in 33 contests.
Adding to her two season MVP trophies, Afril Bernardino had 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs en route in winning the Season 78 Finals MVP.
Andrea Tongco came through with 17 points while Rinna Itesi and Shelley Gupilan added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for NU.
Despite the loss, it is still a season to remember for Ateneo, which needed to hurdle five do-or-die matches, including two against La Salle in the step-ladder semis to advance in the Finals for the first time since 2007.
Jolina Go shot 19 markers while Danica Jose chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds in her final game for the Lady Eagles.