Not even a bad shooting day from downtown could deny the National University Bulldogs a win in the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs only sunk four treys out of 21 attempts, but they still proved to be too strong as they prevailed 71-48 against the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
“We had an awful shooting day,” lamented NU coach Pat Aquino. “We can’t make any baskets from the half. If we have an awful shooting day from the outside, it’s not gonna be easy for us in the inside.
“We have to make that point we will be hitting outside shots,” the multi-titled mentor added.
Ria Nabalan led NU with 15 points, while Rhena Itesi and Jack Animam came up with double-doubles once again with 14 points and 14 rebounds and 11 points and 23 rebounds. Janet Sison also provided 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Up 53-42 after three quarters, NU finally got the lead they wanted after a 14-3 run capped off by Nabalan’s five unanswered points gave the Lady Bulldogs a 67-45 advantage with just 4:23 left in the game.
Soon afterwards, Animam converted two charities to hand NU their biggest lead at 69-45 for an eventual 71-48 victory.
The Jhocson school made up for its poor perimeter shooting with its rebounding and inside points. The Lady Bulldogs mastered the boards with 53 which led to 40 inside points compared to the Lady Tamaraws’ 36 and 26.
“It’s (Animam and Itesi’s) job to do that. I don’t think that they’re not capable of doing it but they’re really working hard for all those stats that they make,” added Aquino.
Precious Arellado was FEU’s bright spot with 15 points.
NU (5-0) goes for their sixth win of the season against the Ateneo de Manila University on September 30, 10:00 AM, while FEU (2-3) will look to bounce back versus the University of the Philippines on October 1, 8:00 AM. Both games will be held at Araneta.
NU (71) – Nabalan 15, Itesi 14, Animam 11, Sison 10, Antiquera 8, Harada 7, Del Carmen 2, Ano-os 2, Cacho 2, Camelo 0.
FEU (48) – Arellado 15, Mamaril 9, Gerner 8, Quiapo 4, Taguiam 3, Ouano 3, Bastatas 2, Jumuad 2, Balleser 2, Antiola 0, Okunlola 0, Payado 0, De Guzman 0.
Quarterscores: 23-18, 38-29, 53-42, 71-48.