UAAP Finals: NU sweeps UE for women's four-peat, 64th straight win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 03, 2017 01:31 PM
NU sweeps UE for women's four-peat, 64th straight win
NU was pushed to the limit, but pushed back just in time to claim their fourth consecutive championship

National University has not found itself in grave danger for much of their dynastic run.

They found themselves in just that position on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Digging deep into their championship hearts, however, the Lady Bulldogs still found a way past fighting University of the East, 79-68, en route to a season sweep in the 80th Season of the UAAP Women’s Basketball Tournament.

With the comeback win, the now four-time champions keep their 64-game winning streak dating back to 2014 intact.

Their dynastic run was in jeopardy at the onset of the game as the Lady Warriors got off to a strong start and claimed a 24-14 lead.

The UE advantage was still at 58-53 early in the final frame until Congo’s Rhena Itesi imposed her will and pounded in seven points in a 13-3 run that turned the tides in favor of NU, 66-61, with 3:18 remaining.

Still, Ruthlaine Tacula kept the girls from Recto coming and pulled them within 66-68 with under three mintues remaining only to see little-known Janet Sison go off for all of her seven points in the last 77 seconds.

Sison’s seven points, coupled with Itesi’s four, comprised the Lady Bulldogs’ 11-2 run to seal the deal.

Itesi wound up with a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double to go along with two blocks while Finals MVP Trixie Antiquiera and Ria Nabalan chipped in 19 and 14 markers, respectively.

That more than made up for an off-game from Season MVP Jack Danielle Animam who only had nine points on top of 23 rebounds in this one.

Tacula fronted the effort for UE with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists. Graduating big also Eunique Chan added 19 markers.

Missing the usual contributions of Mythical selection Love Sto. Domingo who only had five points, six rebounds, and three assists in this one, however, they fall short in finishing off the upset.

Still, the runner-up finish remains the school’s best in almost five decades.

BOX SCORES

NU 79 – Antiquiera 19, Itesi 15, Nabalan 14, Animam 9, Sison 7, Harada 7, Del Carmen 6, Ano-os 2, Camelo 0, Cacho 0

UE 68 – Tacula 25, Chan 19, Francisco 6, Sto. Domingo 5, Requiron 5, Ramos 4, Cortizano 2, Gayacao 2

QUARTER SCORES: 13-16, 33-35, 51-54, 79-68

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