MANILA, Philippines -- National University (NU) survived a tough challenge from a game Far Eastern University (FEU) squad for a 75-62 win in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament, Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
It was a tight 63-58 game with 4:35 to go, when Jack Animam and Kaye Pingol came to the Lady Bulldogs' rescue. The two veterans sparked a 12-4 run to give NU the 13-point win.
NU remains perfect at 9-0, and its historic winning streak now stands at 89 games.
Animam led the way for the defending champions with 15 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal, while Pingol contributed 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. Fil-Am forward Kelli Hayes had 15 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Coach Pat Aquino was far from happy with the result, however, as he felt their bench players were unable to match the effort of the starters.
"The first group did their business, but the second group is coming up short all the time," he lamented. "Sabi ko nga sa kanila, hindi 'yan bandwagon na sasama ka lang. You have to give your support and best all the time. We have to address that and we have to fix that."
FEU was able to stay in the game, thanks to its 10-of-28 three-point shooting, but had no match for NU's might down low as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Tamaraws inside, 42 to 16.
Choy Bahuyan was the lone FEU player to get to double digits in scoring with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists.
Clare Castro added nine points, 10 boards, and two blocks, while Valerie Mamaril shot a horrid 3-of-17 clip to wound up with nine points, eight rebounds, and four steals.
The loss ended the Lady Tamaraws' three-game win streak to fall to a 6-3 slate.
NU 75 -- Animam 15, Hayes 15, Pingol 15, Surada 7, Clarin 5, Del Carmen 5, Itesi 4, Cac 3, Canuto 2, Fabruada 2, Harada 2, Bartolo 0, Cacho 0, Goto 0.
FEU 62 -- Bahuyan 15, Castro 9, Mamaril 9, Quiapo 9, Abat 8, Jumuad 4, Delos Santos 3, Payadon 3, Antiola 2, Adriano 0, Pacia 0, Vidal 0, Villanueva 0.
Quarter scores: 26-19, 34-28, 55-44, 75-62.
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