UAAP Women's Basketball: 80th straight win propels NU to fifth straight title
Danine Cruz on Dec 05, 2018 01:18 PM
Lady Bulldogs notch five-peat
National University filed another account of history in their long list of victorious conquests.
The Lady Bulldogs swept Far Eastern University in the Season 81 Finals, 67-61, to grab their fifth straight UAAP title Wednesday morning at the Araneta Coliseum.
“Sobrang happy ko lang talaga. Yung goal namin is not the sweep but yung fifth straight championship. Bonus na siguro yung 80 wins or yung 16-0 again,” said the ever humble coach Pat Aquino.
NU took a very comfortable 41-25 lead by the end of the first half but FEU did not let go without a fight.
By the end of the third, the Lady Tamaraws chopped the Lady Bulldogs’ lead down to 10 points, 44-54. NU then deployed a suffocating defense in the final frame to secure their title.
“I give credit to the FEU, the coaching staff and the players for bringing out the best in us. They really prepared well and hindi naman sila pupunta sa championship na they don’t deserve it and they deserved it,” credited champion Aquino.
Finals MVP Jack Animam gave an all-around performance in the last game of the season with 15 points, 21 rebounds, and two assists. She had an average of 17.0 points, 16.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals, 3.0 blocks in the best-of-three Finals series.
Lady Bulldog Ria Nabalan posted 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists in her last game in blue and gold. She graduates undefeated after 80 games.
“[Para dun sa mga maiiwan,] push lang nila sarili nila, cheer nila ibang teammates nila at sana alagaan nila yung streak namin,” said Nabalan who has been part of every game in 80-0 streak.
Aside from Nabalan, Jhianne Layug also graduates undefeated.
For the Lady Tamaraws, Fatima Quiapo produced 15 points and 10 rebounds while Elaisa Adriano chipped in nine points and two rebounds.
NU 67 -- Itesi 17, Animam 15, Nabalan 11, Pingol 8, Camelo 8, Del Carmen 7, Canuto 1, Fabruada 0, Layug 0, Cacho 0, Goto 0.
FEU 61 -- Quiapo 15, Adriano 9, Mamaril 8, Bahuyan 7, Castro 6, Taguiam 6, Antiola 6, Bastatas 2, Payadon 2, Vidal 0.
Quarters: 18-16, 41-25, 54-44, 67-61