Games Nov. 5:
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
8 a.m. – NU vs FEU (Women)
10 a.m. – DLSU vs UE (Women)
DEFENDING champion National University broke the game wide open in the second period to rout La Salle, 93-77, and move two wins away from clinching an outright Finals berth in the UAAP women’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Lady Archers were very much in the game in the first 10 minutes of play until the Lady Bulldogs unloaded a 28-point barrange in the second period that eventually enabled them to stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games.
Earlier, University of Santo Tomas boosted its Final Four bid while eliminating last season’s runner-up Ateneo in the process with a 59-42 win.
NU, which also extended its perfect run to 44 games dating back from 2014, has assured itself of a twice-to-beat bonus in case there is a Final Four.
But with the way things are going, there is no stopping the Lady Bulldogs in jumping straight to the best-of-three title series.
Jack Daniel Animam had a monster outing of 25 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks while Gemma Miranda (23 points, 13 rebounds) and Afril Bernardino also posted a double-double (21 points, 12 boards).
La Salle absorbed its second straight loss, dropping in a tie with idle University of the East in second place at 8-3, and further tightening the race for the twice-to-beat slot - whether in the Final Four or stepladder format.
The Lady Archers will face the Lady Warriors in a vital match on Nov. 5 after a week-long Halloween break.
Camille Claro came through with 21 points, five boards and four assists while Chay Vergara contributed 13 points, five rebounds and two assists for La Salle.
Shanda Anies had 19 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, Sofia Felisarta chipped in 13 points and seven boards, while Jhenn Angeles added 10 points for the Tigresses.
UST improved to 5-7, and now trails fourth-running Adamson (5-6) by half-a-game in the race for the remaining semis berth.
The Lady Eagles bowed out of contention with their ninth loss in 13 matches, leaving the Lady Falcons and the Tigresses battling for the last slot.
Hazelle Yam paced Ateneo with 13 points and nine rebounds while Aiko Tomita and Kat Guytingco added 10 points apiece.