MANILA, Philippines -- National University flaunted its depth in romping past University of the Philippines, 105-53, for another dominant triumph in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
National U's key players shone as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to its 85th straight triumph, and fifth for the season. Jack Animam had 16 points and 12 rebounds in just 18 minutes, while Rhena Itesi had 11 points and 9 boards in 16 minutes.
NU head coach Patrick Aquino used the opportunity to give precious playing time to his second and third stringers.
"I told them earlier that those people that are having less playing time have to show up. It's in preparation for something better for the next few games," said Aquino. "They need to have that feeling that they know how to win and play the game, [which] will make us more prepared for the grind of the season."
Making the most of the playing time given to her was Melody Cac, who had 13 points built on two triples.
"She's been always there. Sa akin lang is nawawala lang 'yung opportunity niya because of our depth," Aquino said about the 20-year-old guard. "I just told her to be patient. She'll probably be one of our best players next year because she has that good stroke and she could play defense."
Behind a huge second quarter that saw NU score 29 points while limiting UP to just five points, the Lady Bulldogs mounted a huge 43-point lead to end the first half.
NU's lead would go to as high as 53 points during the closing seconds of the game.
Filipino-Canadian rookie Camille Clarin added 11 points while Kaye Pingol chipped in 10 points in just six minutes. All 15 Lady Bulldogs scored in the contest.
UP, who suffered their 34th straight loss to go down to 0-4 for the season, was led by Rei Sanchez's 21 points. Pesky Pesquera had 15 points and nine rebounds as well.
NU (105) - Animam 16, Cac 13, Clarin 11, Itesi 11, Pingol 10, Fabruada 7, Bartolo 6, Supada 6, Canuto 5, Hayes 5, Cacho 4, Harada 4, Goto 3, Del Carmen 2, Dimaunahan 2.
UP (53) - Sanchez 21, Pesquera 15, Larrosa 7, Hidalgo 5, Rivera 3, Gonzales 2, De Leon 0, Gusilatar 0, Lucman 0, Taulava 0.
Quarterscores: 33-14, 62-19, 81-36, 105-53.
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