Lady Warriors take solo second as UST is upset by FEU

Lady Warriors take solo second as UST is upset by FEU
The UE Lady Warriors gained more separation from the UST Tigresses.

STANDINGS 

NU 12-0
UE 10-2
UST 10-3
FEU 6-6
AdU 6-7
Ateneo 3-9
DLSU 2-10
UP 0-12

The UE Lady Warriors clinched solo second as they denied the De La Salle Lady Archers an upset win, 82-79, in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Lady Warriors, known as a stout defensive team, allowed a team-high 52 points from the perimeter. UE, however, took advantage of their size and muscled their way with 52 points inside the shaded lane.

Team captain Eunique Chan led now 10-2 UE with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Ruthlaine Tacula added 20 markers. Love Sto. Domingo also had a double-double performance, posting 18 points and 17 boards. 

In a losing effort for the 2-10 Lady Archers, Khate Castillo scored 19 while Angelika Figueroa tallied 15 points more.

Lady Warriors head coach Aileen Lebornio was not pleased with her team’s effort and said that they underestimated the seventh-place Lady Archers, going lackadaisically, especially on the defensive end.

“Worst defense namin ngayon. Wala kaming depensa kanina. Pagbalik namin ng UE, kailangan namin magtrabaho sa depensa. Hindi kami puwede magkamali sa last two games namin. Kaming mga coaches kailangan namin magtrabaho din.”

UE (10-2), who was tied with the UST Growling Tigresses at second coming to their respective matchups with a 9-2 slate, is now alone at the second spot as the FEU Lady Tamaraws kept their Final Four hopes alive by upsetting UST in the second game, 62-58.

The Lady Tamaraws, still at fourth with a 6-6 win-loss slate, scored their biggest win of the season, courtesy of a dagger three drilled by Valerie Mamaril with 52.3 ticks left in the payoff period.

Ahead by a precarious point, 57-56, Mamaril sized up her defender and banked in the step-back jumper from the right wing to go up four, 60-56.

UST managed to cut the lead to two, 58-60, with Anjel Anies’ charities, however FEU’s Precious Arellado put the icing on the cake with two free throws with with 20.4 seconds remaining.

“Important win sa amin ito. [UST] naghahabol for second, kami naghahabol sa Adamson dahil lamang sila sa amin ng one game. Pinaka-safety sa amin 'to,” said Lady Tamaraws head coach Bert Flores.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

UE (82) – Chan 21, Tacula 20, Sto. Domingo 18, Requiron 14, Ramos 5, Cortizano 2, Francisco 2, Gayacaco 0, Nama 0, Antonio 0, Stratchan 0.

DLSU (79) – Castillo 19, Figueroa 15, Dagdagan 19, Vergara 9, Del Campo 8, Javier 6, Nunez 6, Paraiso 4, Torres 3, Jimenez 0. 

Quarterscores: 16-15, 45-29, 64-60, 82-79.

SECOND GAME

FEU (62) – Mamaril 23, Arellado 13, Quiapo 9, Gerner 4, Taguiam 3, Ouano 3, Jumuad 2, Balleser 2, Antiola 2, Okunlola 1, Bastatas 0, Payadon 0, Bahuyan 0.

UST (58) – Angeles 21, Anies 9, Jerez 8, Gandalla 7, Rivera 5, Larosa 3, Peñaflor 2, Aujero 2, Portillo 0, Sanggalang 0, Isanan 0, Capilit 0.

Quarterscores: 10-7, 22-27, 41-39, 62-58.

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