MANILA, Philippines -- For the sixth consecutive season, National University (NU) has swept the elimination round in the UAAP women's basketball tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs claimed a comprehensive 80-62 victory over University of the East (UE) on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena, giving them a 14-0 record in UAAP Season 82 and propelling them to the best-of-3 finals.
Jack Animam anchored the powerhouse Lady Bulldogs with her 13 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, and one block as they stretched their unbeaten streak to 94 straight games.
NU now has a chance to extend its dynasty with a sixth straight championship.
"I'm just happy that we accomplished with another feat, but we're not finished with our goal which is to win the championship," said coach Pat Aquino.
"This streak is nothing without the championship," he stressed.
Mayu Goto came off the bench with 11 points as the only other Lady Bulldog to score in double figures, while Jeuel Bartolo and Camille Clarin also provided spark with nine points apiece.
NU was quick to seize control of the match with a 28-12 start before taking a 49-23 halftime lead and enjoying leads that ballooned to 27 points.
The Lady Bulldogs' reserves stepped up in the second half, with Aquino drawing 49 points from their substitutes en route to another easy win.
NU now waits for the last team standing in the step-ladder semis. The finals begins on Wednesday, November 20.
Graduating Lady Warrior Tin Cortizano led UE with 20 points, 18 rebounds, and four assists.
Joyce Terrinal got 17 points and four boards, while Jearzy Ganade also had a double-double with her 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Lady Warriors ended their season at 1-13.
NU 80 -- Animam 13, Goto 11, Bartolo 9, Clarin 9, Hayes 6, Itesi 6, Surada 6, Pingol 4, Cac 3, Canuto 3, Dimaunahan 3, Cacho 2, Del Carmen 2, Fabruada 2, Harada 1.
UE 62 -- Cortizano 20, Terrinal 17, Ganade 13, Pedregosa 5, Cuadero 3, Ordas 3, Caraig 0, Fernandez 0, Nama 0, Tinio 0.
Quarter scores: 28-12, 49-23, 69-46, 80-62.
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