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Aris hopes to see more consistency from UAAP POW Konateh


Jainaba Konateh continued to shine for the eight-peat-seeking National University Lady Bulldogs in the UAAP Season 86 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

With nine wins in a row, the Lady Bulldogs clinched at least a playoff for one of the two coveted twice-to-beat berths in commanding style following its 75-57 win over the UE Lady Warriors.

Konateh has also been rock-solid for the Lady Bulldogs on the defensive end – especially in its 77-76 escape victory over the UST Growling Tigresses.

In that game, she delivered a reliable performance of eight points and 16 rebounds.

Then she followed it up with a double-double outing of 17 points and 17 rebounds in the squad’s ensuing 73-64 rout of the La Salle Lady Archers.

With her efforts, the Gambian big earned the Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Women’s Player of the Week honor, presented by San Miguel Corporation and backed by minor sponsors Discovery Suites and Jockey.

With averages of 10.0 points and 13.0 rebounds, Konateh beat UST’s Kent Pastrana, Ateneo’s Junize Calago, and UP’s Favour Onoh for the weekly nod.

“I’m glad Jainaba had a foul-trouble-free game. She just played ‘yong role niya of getting the rebounds and trying to score if she had the opportunity. This is the type of win that we would really be happy with,” said head coach Aris Dimaunahan in Konateh’s performance against the Lady Archers.

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