UE, La Salle collide in UAAP women’s basketball

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The University of the East (UE) Lady Warriors eye to avenge their first-round loss against the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

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“We have to prepare for La Salle. I know that they are also preparing. We really have to prepare and we’ll make sure that we will give a harder fight,” said UE head coach Aileen Leborno.

With both teams holding an 8-3 win-loss card, UE and La Salle will clash for the second seed.

The UE Lady Warriors enjoyed a three-game winning streak defeating the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons, and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles.

Controlling the rebounds and dominating the paint, the Lady Warriors destroyed the Ateneo Lady Eagles, 50-30, last October 26. The red-and-white cagers tallied 54 boards and 26 inside points against Ateneo’s 29 boards and 16 inside points.

Nicole Mendina top scored UE with 15 markers, while Eunique Chan and Love Sto. Domingo combined for 18 points and 32 rebounds. Hazelle Yam owned the lone bright spot for Ateneo with 11 markers.

“The mentality of the players and the defense. We would tighten our defense because ever since, we haven’t won against La Salle. We have to develop more their trust on themselves that they can really win because it is always our problem,” Leborno said on the adjustments for the UE squad.

Top seed National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs handed the La Salle Lady Archers, their third loss, 93-77, on October 29.

The Lady Bulldogs also beat the Lady Archers in rebound, recording 61 boards where 31 of it came from the offensive side. The green-and-white squad notched only 29 rebounds.

NU scored 35 second-chance points against La Salle’s 11. But the Lady Archers dominated from the perimeter with 34 points, while the Lady Bulldogs had 22.

Three Lady Bulldogs posted a double-double performance. Jack Animam had 25 points and 22 rebounds, Gemma Miranda scored 23 markers and 13 boards, and Afril Bernardino tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Camille Claro led La Salle with 21 markers, followed by Chay Vergara with 13. Joahanna Arciga and Kat Nuñez combined for 21 points.

The NU Lady Bulldogs are aiming to stretch their winning streak to 45 as they battle the FEU Lady Tamaraws at 8 a.m.

The Lady Bulldogs are on top of the standings with a 12-0 record, while the Lady Tamaraws are No.6 with a 3-8 card.

REALYN STEVENS

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