UAAP 82: Make that 6 straight titles, 96 wins in a row for Lady Bulldogs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Nov 23 2019 05:42 PM

National University routed University of Santo Tomas 66-54 on Saturday, and marched towards yet another milestone by winning the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball title.

The Lady Bulldogs blasted off to a 25-8 start and never looked back en route to yet their sixth straight championship and 96th victory in a row overall.

Five different players contributed in that opening salvo with finals MVP Monique Del Carmen leading the pack, dropping seven of her 15 points there.

Kaye Pingol and Rhena Itesi added six points apiece in the same quarter to make sure NU again overcame the absence of pillar Jack Danielle Animam.

That was a far cry from Game 1 last Wednesday, where the Lady Bulldogs found themselves in a tight tiff all throughout.

This time, the Lady Bulldogs imposed their will from start to finish and had no problems extending their dominance which began in 2014.

In the end, Pingol had 15 points, four assists, two rebounds, and two steals while Itesi had 12 points and eight boards.

The champions dedicated their new trophy to Animam, who remains in New Zealand as a precaution following the face injury she suffered in her tour of duty with the Philippines women's team.

For the Tigresses, Reynalyn Ferrer topped the scoring column with 16 points while Season MVP Grace Irebu posted an 11-marker, 10-board double-double.

Despite settling for runner-up, this is still the Black and Gold's best finish in over a decade.

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