Lady Bulldogs one win away from outright Finals berth
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 12, 2015 12:02 PM
STILL PERFECT. Defending champion NU is one win away from sweeping the elimination round.
REIGNING titlist National University routed University of the Philippines, 87-39, Wednesday to move to just one win away from an outright Finals stint in the UAAP Season 78 women’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym.
Afril Bernardino had another solid outing, as the last season's MVP finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four assists while Shelley Gupilan added 15 points as the Lady Bulldogs extended their winning run to 13 games and 29 since last season.
Camille Claro delivered the key baskets down the stretch as De La Salle, bracing for its much-anticipated rematch with NU, hacked out a 63-58 victory over Ateneo.
The Lady Archers rose to 12-1 and will seek to derail the Lady Bulldogs’ bid for another double-round elimination round sweep on Sunday at the Katipunan venue.
Ara Abaca came through with 16 points, Alyanna Vergara had 14 points and Ana Castillo had a double-double effort of 10 points and 10 rebounds for La Salle, which won 12 straight after dropping its season opener to NU.
University of the East and University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, zeroed in for the third semifinals berth after prevailing over their respective foes.
Ruthlaine Tacula shot 20 points while Eunique Chan added 12 points and 15 rebounds as the Lady Warriors crushed Adamson University, 67-42, while Candice Magdaluyo came through with 17 points while Bettina Penaflor chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Tigresses downed also-ran Far Eastern University, 66-53.
UE and UST, which will dispute the third semis berth on Sunday, improved to 6-7.
The Lady Eagles dropped to 5-8 card in sixth spot, but the Katipunan-based cagers still has a shot of forging a playoff against the loser of the Lady Warriors-Tigresses match if they beat the Lady Falcons.
The Lady Maroons and the Lady Falcons bowed out of contention with their ninth loss in 13 contests while the Lady Tamaraws fell to 2-11 in last place.