Animam-led NU a win away from five-peat in UAAP Women's
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 01, 2018 01:11 PM
Jack Danielle Animam and NU are on the brink of a fifth championship in a row
National University faced another opponent in the Finals of the UAAP 81 Womens Basketball Tournament.
The result, though, stayed the same.
Jack Danielle Animam muscled her way into another double-double and the Lady Bulldogs manhandled returning challenger Far Eastern University for a 71-59 decision on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
“Well, one game away from another championship. I’m just glad and happy that we won the game,” head coach Pat Aquino said post-game.
Animam was a force all over with 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two blocks as the four-time defending champions marched forward to just a win away from yet another title.
The Lady Tamaraws were actually ahead early on until last year’s Season MVP imposed her will. “Naging rusty kami because we were away from competitive basketball for two weeks. We’re just happy that Jack came to play,” coach Pat said, talking about their long layoff after having swept the elimination round and automatically advancing into the Finals.
Pounding in eight points in a 17-4 run, Animam powered her side in erasing a two-point deficit and erecting a 26-15 advantage in the second quarter.
Both the double-digit and the momentum remained with NU for the remainder of the game.
Rhena Itesi and Jeanne Camelo also added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for them.
With that, they also won for the 79th time in a row dating back from 2014.
More than the eliminations, the Lady Bulldogs’ dominance is actually even more evident in the Finals where they have downed FEU in 2014, Ateneo de Manila University in 2015, De La Salle University in 2016, and University of the East in 2017.
Now, they are once more on the brink of getting the better of the Lady Tamaraws.
Clare Castro paced FEU with a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double. They try to slay the giant and stay alive in Game 2 on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
NU 71 – Animam 19, Itesi 13, Camelo 11, Nabalan 8, Fabruada 5, Del Carmen 4, Pingol 3, Cacho 2, Cac 2, Layug 2, Goto 2, Canuto 0, Harada 0, Ceno 0, Bartolo 0
FEU 59 – Castro 15, Taguiam 11, Bahuyan 10, Mamaril 7, Quiapo 6, Adriano 6, Antiola 4, Vidal 0, Bastatas 0, Payadon 0, Dugay 0, Rebleza 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-13, 37-23, 58-38, 71-59
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