UAAP: Ria Nabalan joins elite 40-point club
Danine Cruz on Oct 20, 2018 02:56 PM
Ria Nabalan writes her own history
Before Saturday, there were only two players in the UAAP women's basketball division to reach the 40-point mark in a single game.
In 2011, FEU Lady Tamaraw Raiza Palmera fired 44 points in their 85-80 victory versus the University of the East. In 2012, another Lady Tamaraw in Allana Alim scored 45 points in a highly efficient 22-of-25 shooting clip crushing UE in an 85-43 victory.
Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum, National University's Ria Nabalan barged into the elite club as she displayed a 40-point performance of her own.
As early as the first half versus De La Salle University, she already had 20 points across her name. She did not falter for the rest of the match and continued to go beast mode. From bullying her way to the paint to sinking her perimeter shots, Nabalan did everything.
In the dying minutes of the fourth frame, she split her two free throws to reach the 40-point mark.
"Hindi ko naman magagawa yung kung wala yung teammates ko eh," Nabalan credited after finishing with six rebounds and eight assists too.
Anchored on Ria Nabalan's career-high of 40 points, the National University Lady Bulldogs notch their 72nd straight win in the UAAP. They are just one game away from matching the league record for the longest winning streak set by the Adamson Softball team. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/1dh21RB9gP— Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) October 20, 2018
From her initial career-high of 26 points set early this Season 81, she played the game of her life to rewrite her personal best. When asked about it, she bared that she was not initially aware of the history she was making.
"Nung sinabi nung mga teammates ko, [dun ko lang nalaman] kasi gusto rin nila makuha para sa akin," shared the graduating player.
To make matters sweeter for Nabalan, her 40-point performance lifted the Lady Bulldogs to its 72nd straight win, 111-64 -- just one game away from matching the league record 73-game winning streak.
On Wednesday, NU will take on the Adamson Lady Falcons seeking to match the record. The Lady Bulldogs may be dominating women's basketball for five years already, but Nabalan is not showing any signs of relaxing.
"Pagkatapos ng larong yun, saka ko yan maiisip na naging part na ako ng history. Syempre diba, pakita mo muna, laro mo muna, bago mo isipin mga ganung bagay kasi malay mo, bilog ang bola," said Nabalan.
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