Ateneo keeps magical season going, sets Finals date with NU
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 28, 2015 01:50 PM
CINDERELLA STORY? Ateneo has now won five do-or-die matches in a row to enter the Finals for the first time in eight years.
ATENEO continued to defy the tremendous odds as it bundled out second-ranked De La Salle, 62-50, in the process to advance in the Finals for the first time in eight years on Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.
Hazelle Yam spearheaded the Lady Eagles' stirring 24-12 run in the final quarter, scoring seven of her game-high 15 points in that period, Jolina Go added 13 points, while Danica Jose had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Ateneo will face defending champion National University in the championship round starting Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
The Lady Eagles won their fifth straight game while facing elimination and are ready to slug it out against the thrice-to-beat Lady Bulldogs, who are unbeaten in 30 games since last season.
"Ever since we have our backs against the wall, sabi lang namin, we have to play with compassion," said Ateneo coach Erika Dy, who is seeking to steer her troops to its first title since 2007 with Cassy Tioseco leading the way.
Camille Claro and Ara Abaca shot 13 points apiece for the Lady Archers.
ATENEO (62) - Yam 15, Go 13, Jose 11, Tomita 9, Guytingco 7, Buendia 5, Javier 2, Aseron 0, Deacon 0, Newsome 0, Nitorreda 0.
DLSU (50) - Claro 13, Abaca 12, Vergara 8, Revillosa 4, Castillo 3, Ong 3, Penaranda 3, Dagdagan 2, Roxas 2, Vela 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 15-12, 26-24, 38-38, 62-50