Antiquiera waxes hot as NU goes 1-0 in UAAP Finals

Philip Matel on Nov 29, 2017 01:29 PM
Antiquiera waxes hot as NU goes 1-0 in UAAP Finals
The NU Lady Bulldogs continue their vise grip over the UAAP women's basketball tournament, winning their 63rd consecutive victory.

Trixie Antiquiera's flaming hands could not be doused as the NU Lady Bulldogs drubbed the UE Lady Warriors, 89-61 in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 Womens' Basketball Finals at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday afternoon.

Antiquiera scored 19 of her 30 points in the first half, drilling four treys in the first 20 minutes of action. She then proceeded to hit three more triples in the second half, for a scorching 7/11 shooting clip from downtown.

At one point in the match, Antiquiera's 27 point total equaled the overall scoring output of the Lady Warriors in the third quarter, 51-27.

The lead ballooned to as much as 36 for NU, 76-40, who had to fight tooth and nail in their two wins against the Lady Warriors in the elimination round, winning three points and 13 points, respectively, against their 27-point winning margin average.

The four-time defending champions had the game already in the bag as early in the first quarter, 16-2 as they uncorked a 14-0 run after the lone deadlock of the game.

UE's physical defense was not enough to stop newly-crowned season MVP Jack Danielle Animam with 10 points and 17 rebounds, although they forced 8 turnovers. Ria Nabalan, who was named part of the Mythical Five added 16 points.

Mythical Five member Love Sto. Domingo scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for UE, while Joyce Francisco added 12 markers.

"It was a good win. Again, just happy for the girls, especially Trixie [Antiquiera]. Her last playing year and having the grand time of having the three-point [barrage]. Hindi ko naman ineexpect, at least lumabas ngayon," NU head coach Pat Aquino said after the game.

NU will try to win their fourth straight title and 64 consecutive game on Sunday, Dec. 3, time and date still to be determined by the result of the UAAP Men's Basketball Finals between Ateneo and La Salle.

THE SCORES:

NU (89): Antiquera 30, Nabalan 16, Animam 10, Camelo 8, Ano-os 8, Itesi 7, Harada 5, Cacho 3, Del Carmen 2, Sison 0, Ceno 0, Layug 0, Lopez 0, Tanesa 0.

UE (61): Sto. Domingo 17, Francisco 12, Cortizano 11, Tacula 9, Chan 6, Gayacao 4, Ramos 2, Antonio 0.

Quarter Scores: 22-7, 43-21, 63-34, 89-61.

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