Defending champions De La Salle University Lady Archers edged the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 50-42 to take their second win in the Women’s Basketball Tournament of the 77th Season of the UAAP.
The Lady Archers struggled early in the game, trailing by a lowly 5-8 at the end of the first quarter. However, the second period saw a much more energetic La Salle dominate the Lady Falcons, holding the Adamson squad to a meager eight points in the entire quarter, while sustaining a 14-0 run that ended only in the final minute of the period. La Salle would head into the halftime with a commanding 19-16 lead.
The third quarter saw a much tighter ballgame between the two squads, with Adamson reclaiming the lead, 23-21 in the mid-third quarter. However, La Salle’s Camille Claro and Trisha Piatos would answer back to put the Archers back up, 26-23. The lead change marked the last time Adamson would take the lead in the game, as the remainder of the game saw La Salle pulling away from Adamson, with the Lady Falcons repeatedly closing in on the Lady Archers, but failing to reclaim the lead in the ballgame.
Camille Claro and Ana Castillo had 8 points apiece to lead the Lady Archers, while Zhalyn Mateo and Jingky Balasta led the Lady Falcons with 11 points and 8 rebounds and 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The Lady Archers become the first team a second consecutive team in the women’s tourney, while the Lady Falcons fall to a 0-2 hole, having lost to the NU Lady Bulldogs in last week’s season opener.