Lady Bulldogs open title defense with 49th win in a row
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 10, 2017 09:33 PM
Defending champion National University escaped with a 69-66 overtime win over University of the East to stretch its winning run to 49 matches now in the UAAP Season 80 Women's Basketball Tournament on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym.
Rhena Itesi and Jack Animam each produced 14 points and combined for 26 rebounds as the Lady Bulldogs overcame a huge Lady Warriors fightback from 17-points down to prevail.
Ruthlaine Tacula came through with 26 points while both Love Sto. Domingo and Eunique Chan made double-double efforts with 11 points and 10 rebounds for UE.
Despite the loss, the Lady Warriors, third placers last season, proved that they are ready to contend against the three-time champions.
In the last game, Jolina Go finished with 19 points, 15 from beyond the arc, while Melissa Newsome chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds as Ateneo de Manila University edged Adamson University, 61-58.