UAAP 82: UST bucks slow start to defeat UE in Women's Basketball

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 25, 2019 11:18 AM
UAAP 82: UST bucks slow start to beat UE in Women's BBall
Grace Irebu put up 24 points and 16 rebounds to help UST take down UE (Photo courtesy of the UAAP)
Grace Irebu helped University of Santo Tomas recover from its slow start, edging University of the East, 58-49, Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball Tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Congolese center unloaded 24 points and 16 rebounds as the Golden Tigresses recovered from their slow start after being held to just four points in the first quarter.

"I talked to Grace that she needed to be stronger in the inside versus UE. Nagdeliver naman siya," said coach Haydee Ong.

Irebu capped off UST's 8-0 pullaway from a tight 46-44 lead to grab a 10-point edge, 54-44, with 2:07 left in the game.

"Sabi ko nga kanina, millenial mind," quipped Ong. "Kidding aside. We are still tired from the FEU game. They started very slow. I told the ladies during halftime that we are lacking energy. We just can't win if we just can't shoot the basket."

Kikay Gandalla added 13 points and five boards, while Lon Rivera had seven points and six rebounds as the Golden Tigresses nabbed back-to-back wins to rise to a 4-2 standing.

Jearzy Ganade led the Lady Warriors with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists as she committed nine turnovers in the loss.

Tin Cortizano chipped in 11 points and eight boards as UE fell to a 1-5 card.

The Scores:

UST 58 -- Irebu 24, Gandalla 13, Rivera 7, Callangan 6, Tacatac 5, Ferrer 3, Gonzales 0, Javier 0, Panti 0, Sangalang 0, Soriano 0.

UE 49 -- Ganade 17, Cortizano 11, Ordas 9, Pedregosa 7, Cuadero 3, Caraig 2, Fernandez 0, Nama 0, Raymundo 0, Terrinal 0.

Quarterscores: 4-13, 13-20, 39-35, 58-49.

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