NU after UAAP record 74-game winning streak: "I hope na mapansin naman yung women's basketball sa Pilipinas"
Danine Cruz on Oct 27, 2018 06:39 PM
"Sana mabigyan kami ng chance, the women’s side of basketball, that they can play basketball and they could really entertain everybody here." -- head coach Pat Aquino
The National University Lady Bulldogs etched their names as the record-holders of the longest winning streak in the UAAP with 74 wins and counting.
The record may have put them in the history books as the most dominant team ever across all sports in the collegiate league, but members of the super team sees this as not only an opportunity to put spotlight on their school's program but on their division of the sport in general.
"I hope na mapansin naman yung women’s basketball here in the Philippines, here in the UAAP more. Sana mabigyan kami ng chance, the women’s side of basketball, that they can play basketball and they could really entertain everybody here," said the mastermind behind the record, NU women's basketball head coach Pat Aquino.
"It really means a lot, not only for the NU community, for NU women’s basketball, not only for us, but the whole women’s basketball itself," he added.
Team captain Ria Nabalan who finished the record-breaking game with 31 points, seven rebounds, and six assists shared the sentiment.
"Syempre pare-parehas lang tayong tao sa mundo, pare-parehas tayong Pilipino, parehas tayo ng sport, suportahan niyo din [kami]," Nabalan said.
NU supporters attended the record-breaking game complete with streamers, flags, and caps to show their support for the girls.
"Thankful din ako sa NU community, nagsipuntahan sila. Nagulat kaming lahat," expressed Nabalan.
Dominant center Jack Animam reiterated the thoughts she once expressed after she played for the Perlas Pilipinas early this year in the FIBA 3x3. Women's basketball deserves more.
"Collegiate pa nga lang wala na ngang nanonood what more pa kaya sa national team diba? So siguro onting exposure pa. Alam mo, I'm wishing and hoping na sana hindi man nila itelevised yung games ng women's, sana yung weekly highlights man lang kasi nanonood naman sila ng men's so why not before mag start yung men's, ipakita nila yung highlights ng nangyari sa women's. So parang dun sa highlights na yun, maenlighten ang people na 'Ahhh may women's basketball pala,'" expressed Animam.
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