UAAP Women's Basketball: UST Tigresses claim fourth spot, boot out La Salle

Danine Cruz on Nov 21, 2018 12:57 PM
UAAP Women's Basketball: UST claims fourth, boots out DLSU
The Growling Tigresses are still alive in the UAAP women's basketball tournament.

The University of Santo Tomas eliminated De La Salle University from Final Four contention, 79-67, in a knockout match Wednesday morning at the Araneta Coliseum.

Congolese Grace Irebu showed why she is the UAAP Season 81 MVP after scoring 29 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

"Siguro [inspired nga] kasi when I announced it nung kailan lumabas yun, she cried, she's very happy," shared coach Haydee Ong on her foreign student-athlete.

Sai Larosa added 18 markers and four boards for UST.

The Growling Tigresses bucked a slow start that had them trailing by 11-0 in the opening minutes of the first quarter. UST eventually found its groove to take a five-point lead at the end of the first half, 38-33.

However, as Ong put it, with La Salle not giving up, it was not easy.

"It was a well-fought game. Of course knockout so thanks to La Salle we become a better team again today because of the tight competition and we're happy na yung resiliency ng girls, they never gave up. Nung first quarter, down 11-0 diba so they're just fighting. Every time nag ti-time out ako, [lumalaban]" said Ong.

Ultimately, the Tigresses tightened its grip on their lead and never let the Lady Archers inch any closer.

Graduating La Sallians Ana Castillo and Camille Claro played their final games for the green and white with 20 and 15 points, respectively. Kath Nunez, who finished with two points, also played her last game.

From finishing seventh last season, La Salle improved to a fifth place finish this Season 81.

On Sunday, through the step-ladder format, fourth-seeded UST will take on the loser of playoff match for second between Adamson University and Far Eastern University.

The Scores:

UST 79 - Irebu 19, Larosa 18, Capilit 16, Aujero 4, Fereer 3, Tacatac 3, Portillo 2, Rivera 2, Sangalang 2, Magat 0

DLSU 67 - Castillo 20, Claro 15, Arciga 10, Revillosa 7, Paraiso 6, Torres 3, Binaohan 2, Quingco 2, Nunez 2, Castillo 0, Del Ocampo 0, Jimenez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-21, 38-33, 54-50, 79-67

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