MANILA -- National University (NU) annexed its immaculate run to 81 straight wins with an 80-60 conquest over Far Eastern University (FEU), Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament at Araneta Coliseum.
Jack Animam tallied 17 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists to lead the five-time champions in the triumph.
Congolese center Rhena Itesi also did damage with 16 points, six boards, and three assists, as rookies Angel Surada, who had 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals, and Camille Clarin, who tallied 10 points, three boards, and three dimes, also impressed in their debuts.
The win, however, left a lot to be desired for coach Pat Aquino as the Lady Bulldogs' lackadaisical defense saw them trail, 43-48, in the third frame.
"It was a hard win, rusty probably, overconfident, but the thing is we have to play double time against FEU," he said.
"Our players are still hesitant. We're coming up with a new system and they're still hesitant with that, but I just told them to play as hard as you can and everything will follow. That's what happened," he continued.
NU shook off those struggles and outscored FEU, 28-10, in the fourth frame to take the 20-point win.
Fil-Am forward Kelli Hayes, who previously played for the UCLA Bruins, contributed four points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists in her NU debut.
Clare Castro led FEU with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks, while Valerie Mamaril poured 16 points and two boards in the loss.
NU 80 -- Animam 17, Itesi 16, Surada 10, Clarin 10, Bartolo 8, Pingol 6, Del Carmen 5, Hayes 4, Canuto 4, Harada 0, Fabruada 0, Cacho 0, Cac 0.
FEU 60 -- Castro 24, Mamaril 16, Delos Santos 10, Quiapo 4, Jumuad 4, Bahuyan 2, Vidal 0, Padayon 0, Adriano 0, Bastatas 0, Antiola 0.
Quarter scores: 16-17, 22-25, 52-50, 80-60.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.