UAAP Women's Basketball: Lady Bulldogs cement milestone 75 straight wins, sting Lady Eagles
Danine Cruz on Nov 04, 2018 12:51 PM
NU reaches the diamond win.
The National University Lady Bulldogs preserved their long-running immaculate record in the UAAP women’s basketball tournament after biting the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles, 76-52, Sunday at the Ynares Center, Antipolo.
Both teams were at pace with each other in the first quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs started pulling away by the second frame anchored on Jack Animam and Rhena Itesis’s dominating inside presence.
From then on, NU held on to their lead and never looked back. They led by as much as 31 points.
However, despite the showing, Coach Pat Aquino, with his incredibly high standards, thought that they played a little bit too relaxed.
“Actually, medyo maganda yung pagka-panalo last game but you know we tend to relax more today so we try to bounce back again and prepare for the next game which is UE,” said the champion mentor.
Just a game ago, the Lady Bulldogs made history by breaking the longest winning record in the UAAP. Aquino bared that being done with that milestone rerouted their focus back to the championship.
“Actually, natanggalan [ng pressure] in such a way na tapos na yung record-setting win or breaking the record. Sabi ko nga dati, tapos na yun and we just have to take it one game at a time again. Forget about the history, it has been done already,” said Aquino.
This just goes to show that at this point, the dominant Lady Bulldogs are just against themselves. They now have a dominant 11-0 record in UAAP Season 81.
Jack Animam led NU with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists while Itesi chipped in 14 points, 22 rebounds, and two assists.
Much younger players Princess Fabruada, Monique del Carmen and Kaye Pingol also showed that NU’s future remains bright. All three players collectively added 20 points. Pingol chipped in eight assists.
“I intend to use everybody para lang to be ready sa mga future games namin experience wise. Not only Kaye [Pingol] but Monique [del Carmen] also played, [Princess] Fabruada who is a rookie also stepped up. It is good for the team and we hope na somebody pa rin will fill in pa rin sa first five,” added Aquino.
For the Ateno side, it was Jhazmin Joson and Jolina Go who carried the team with 11 points each. The Lady Eagles now stand at 4-7.
Meanwhile in the 8 AM game, the Far Eastern University escaped University of the East’s late game threats, 64-57, and listed their eighth win after eleven outings. The Lady Tamaraws sit pretty at the solo second spot in the UAAP Season 81 standings. Unfortunately for UE, they were dealt with their third straight loss and dropped to a 2-9 slate.
FEU (64) -- Mamaril 17, Adriano 9, Taguiam 8, Castro 8, Quiapo 6, Bahuyan 6, Antiola 5, Vidal 5, Payadon 0, Bastastas 0, Hortaleza 0.
UE (57) -- Requiron 19, Ganade 14, Cortizano 10, Pedregosa P. 8, Francisco 6, Borromeo 0, Strachan 0, Nama 0, Fernandez 0.
Quarterscores: 10-10, 27-21, 43-42, 64-57
NU (76) -- Animam 20, Itesi 14, Nabalan 10, Fabruada 8, Del Carmen 6, Pingol 6, Camelo 5, Layug 3, Cac 2, Canuto 2, Bartolo 0, Cacho 0, Ceño 0, Goto 0, Harada 0.
Ateneo (52) -- Joson 11, Go 11, Guytingco 7, Cancio 7, Buendia 5, Newsome 4, Nimes 3, Villamor 2, De Dios 0, Payac 0, Gino-gino 0, Moslares 0, Seigle 0.
Quarterscores: 15-11, 33-23, 55-35, 76-52