Lady Warriors put a stop to Lady Tams’ charge
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 13, 2017 01:46 PM
Coming off a feel-good third-place finish a year ago, University of the East stumbled out of the gates now in the UAAP 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Warriors didn’t take long to get back up and move forward, stopping Far Eastern University dead in its tracks via a 59-56 victory on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
As always, Eunique Chan and Love Sto. Domingo showed the way with 19 points, nine rebounds and 12 markers, nine boards, respectively.
Unlike UE, the Lady Tamaraws were coming off a big-time win against De La Salle University and were again giving a good account of themselves in this one.
Precious Arellado spearheaded the 16-8 run that cut down what was once a nine-point deficit for FEU into a score of only 56-57 with 1:16 remaining.
That was the closest they could come, however, as Ruthlaine Tacula’s short stab cemented the final margin of victory in favor of the Lady Warriors.
Tacula wound up with eight points and seven rebounds, including the basket that assured her team’s rise to 1-1. “A win in a win. Siyempre masaya kami na nanalo kami,” head coach Aileen Lebornio said.
She also added, however, “Pero napakapangit din ng pinakita ng mga bata.”
Indeed, Lebornio has much more to work with her girls who turned the ball over a whopping 38 times.
Arellano paced the Lady Warriors with 29 points which still fell short in preventing their first setback in the season.
Meanwhile, Ateneo de Manila University flew into a 2-0 standing after Katrina Guytingco lifted them over fighting University of the Philippines, 52-51.
The Lady Eagles were on the brink of an upset before Guytingco’s inside basket proved to be the difference between the two teams.
On the other hand, Iriss Isip’s 16 points went to waste as the Lady Maroons fell to 0-2.
UE 59 – Chan 19, Sto. Domingo 12, Tacula 8, Nawa 6, Strachan 5, Francisco 4, Gayacao 2, Ramos 2, Cortizano 1, Requiron 0, Antonio 0.
FEU 56 – Arellado 29, Balleser 10, Mamaril 6, Bastatas 5, Quiapo 3, Jumuad, Payadon 1, Gerner 0, Taguiam 0, Ouano 0, Okunlola 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 10-17, 31-30, 49-40, 59-56.
ATENEO 52 – Buendia 10, Deacon 9, Go 7, Yam 6, Guytingco 6, Joson 6, Uy De Ong 3, Villamor 3, Cancio 2, Newsome 0, Morelos 0.
UP 51 – Isip 16, Esplana 12, Ordoveza 7, Domingo 7, Bascon 3, Ongsiako 3, Rodas 2, Pesquera 1, Tan 0, Cruz 0, Viray 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 16-8, 25-23, 38-36, 52-51.
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