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Penaranda steps up as La Salle bounces back, staves off UE



Snow Penaranda buried 9 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter as the De La Salle University Lady Archers bounced back from an opening day loss to clip University of the East, 63-59 Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 women’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.

UE was still ahead, 39-30 after the backcourt duo of Cherry Ano-os and Tacula steered the Recto group through behind baskets in transition, although La Salle went to their size to close the penultimate quarter on a 15-2 run to take a 45-41 lead.

It was a nip-and-tuck battle in the final frame, but La Salle was able to come through with the decisive hits.

After the Lady Warriors took a 51-48 lead behind baskets from Ruthlaine Tacula and Marie Fe Sampaga, Penaranda scored the next seven points for the Lady Archers, asserting might inside as the Taft side seized a 55-54 cushion.

Eunique Chan then scored on her own post move underneath, before free throws by Ana Castillo made it 57-56 for La Salle.

A jumper later by Ara Abaca gave La Salle more breathing room at 59-56 with just over a minute left, before a steal by Penaranda leading to another basket inside pushed the gap to 61-56.

A trey by Tacula pulled UE within 59-61 but Alyanna Ong sealed the win with two more foul shots as La Salle improved to 1-1, the same record as their opponents.

Penaranda had 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting and hauled down 13 rebounds in the victory which prevented the Lady Warriors from going on a winning streak.

Abaca also had a double-double after scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds.

La Salle did not play with main playmaker Camille Claro, who was suffering from a sprain prior to the match.

The Scores:

DLSU (63) – Penaranda 15, Abaca 11, Castillo 9, Ong 8, Dagdagan 8, Vergara 3, Roxas 2, Gonzales 2, Revillosa 2, Figueroa 2, Vela 1

UE (59) – Chan 18, Tacula 18, Ano-os 10, Sto. Domingo 7, Sampaga 4, Francisco 2, Ramos 0, Taguiam 0, Mendina 0, Gayacao 0, Nama 0

Quarters: 14-12, 26-30, 45-41, 63-59.

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