MANILA, Philippines -- National University (NU) hardly broke a sweat in demolishing University of the East (UE), 109-54, for a first-round sweep of the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament, Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Warriors, 37-3, in the first quarter to set the tone for the game and run away with their 87th consecutive victory.
Jack Animam, fresh from another stint with the Gilas Pilipinas Women's team, poured in 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and a steal to lead NU.
"Mukhang ready naman sila to step up. We thought Jack will not be able to play, but she surprised us," said assistant coach Julie Amos, who called the shots for coach Pat Aquino who is still in India for the 2019 FIBA Women's Asia Cup.
"Kung 'di naman dahil sa kanila, 'di ko magagawa 'yun. Kahit pagod kami, nandoon pa rin 'yung tiwala nila kaya sinusuklian ko lang yun," said Animam.
Congolese center Rhena Itesi put up 20 points and 14 boards, while Mikka Cacho added 11 points and three assists as all 14 Lady Bulldogs were able to score at least three in the game.
The Lady Bulldogs led by as much as 58 points, 105-47, after a Melody Cac jumper with 2:17 to play.
NU is now halfway through its quest for a sixth consecutive title, but Amos made it clear that they have plenty to improve on.
"We're happy na maganda ang turnout namin but there's still a lot of improvements," she said. "We have to be ready, everybody's on our back, so dapat on our toes din kami."
Joyce Terrinal paced the Lady Warriors (1-6) with 21 points and four rebounds, while Jearzy Ganade got a double-double of 12 points, 10 boards, and eight assists, but she committed 10 turnovers in the process.
NU 109 -- Animam 20, Itesi 20, Cacho 11, Cac 8, Harada 8, Clarin 7, Bartolo 6, Pingol 6, Surada 6, Del Carmen 4, Fabruada 4, Canuto 3, Goto 3, Hayes 3.
UE 54 -- Terrinal 21, Ganade 12, Cuadero 8, Cortizano 7, Nama 4, Raymundo 2, Caraig 0, Ordas 0, Pedregosa 0, Tinio 0.
Quarter scores: 37-3, 61-19, 92-40, 109-54.
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