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Lady Bulldogs take top 3 as Jack Animam leads SMART MVP race

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Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times Lady Bulldogs take top 3 as Jack Animam leads SMART MVP race Basketball News NU UAAP UE UST  UAAP Season 80 Women's Basketball UAAP Season 80 Sai Larosa Ria Nabalan Rhena Itesi Patrick Aquino NU Women's Basketball Love Sto. Domingo Jack Animam

Just like how dominant National University has been this season, the Lady Bulldogs also lorded over the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball most valuable player race to end the first round.

Leading the race is third-year Lady Bulldog Jack Animam. The 6-foot-2 Perlas Pilipinas stalwart is norming 12.67 points, while grabbing a league-high 17.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks to accumulate 83.67 statistical points.

And the maturity she gained from the recently-concluded FIBA Asia Cup has played a huge role in her development, according to head coach Patrick Aquino.

“Napakalaking bagay nung FIBA and SEA Games experience niya. We know she will be definitely better as the season progresses. She is pivotal in our campaign because of her height and her dominance inside,” Aquino remarked about the 18-year-old.

Second in the race is Animam’s frontcourt-mate Rhena Itesi with 75.33 SPs. The Congolese student-athlete is tied for fifth in points at 14.67 points per contest, second in rebounds with 13.9, and blocks with 1.4 swats per contest.

Animam’s long-time teammate since their days with Chiang Kai Shek College, Ria Nabalan, is running third with 70.33 SPs. Nabalan is third in the league in points with an average of 15.0 per game, while grabbing 8.3 rebounds and dishing out 3.9 assists.

Rounding out the top five are Love Sto. Domingo of the University of the East Lady Warriors with 68.8 SPs and Sai Larosa of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigresses with 67 SPs.

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