UAAP Women's Basketball: History makers NU Lady Bulldogs match record 73-game winning streak
Danine Cruz on Oct 24, 2018 12:39 PM
The NU Lady Bulldogs dominated the Adamson Lady Falcons, 86-58, to improve to 9 - 0 in the UAAP Season 81 women's basketball tournament. NU also matched the longest winning streak in the UAAP for any sport at 73 games.
National University grabbed their 73rd straight win in the UAAP and matched the league record for the longest winning streak in any sport. Inside a quiet Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, the Lady Bulldogs dominated the Adamson University, 86-58.
As early as the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs asserted their dominance over the Lady Falcons. NU ended the half with a comfortable 16-point lead, 44-28.
Behind Rhena Itesi's towering inside presence, NU pulled further away in the second half to ultimately propel NU just a game away from breaking the 73-game winning streak record set by the Adamson Softball team in 2016.
The victory penned the Lady Bulldogs in the history books, but for head coach Pat Aquino, he bared that he needed to take that fact away from the girls' minds.
"Actually, sabi nga namin let's forget about the streak. The 73-0, let's forget about that, it's gonna be 9-0. It's just a game that we have to play, we have to win this game," shared Aquino about his team.
Itesi scored the most with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and two assists while Ria Nabalan, Jack Animam, and Jeanne Camelo all produced 12 points each.
For Adamson, Jamie Alcoy and Kath Araja scattered 18 and 11 points respectively.
The history-seeking ladies of NU will look for the record breaking 74th win on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Arena against the second ranked team in the standings, University of Santo Tomas.
"It's gonna be UST in the next game -- one of the toughest teams to beat this season sa UAAP Women's. So we are going to really prepare hard for the next two days, and hopefully na makuha namin yung next win," said Aquino.
Adamson (5-4) will take on University of the Philippines (0-9) on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Sai Larosa of the University of Santo Tomas (6-3) dealt University of the Philippines (0-9) with yet another blowout loss, 103-58. Larosa produced 35 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists for a career-high performance.
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