MANILA, Philippines — Despite a three-year hiatus, the six-time National University defending champion barely missed a beat as he beat Oriental University, 131-47, in the UAAP women’s basketball tournament. Season 85 on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Camille Clarin shot four of six from the three-point line to finish with 22 points to give the Lady Bulldogs her 97th straight win, since 2014.
“It was a statement to UAAP that we were back. New coaches, new players, but we still have the same culture and the same goals,” said Clarin, who also had seven rebounds and four assists.
NU’s new head coach Aris Dimaunahan, who replaced longtime coach Pat Aquino, made his record debut with the most points scored in the league’s women’s basketball history since computerization. statistics, surpassing the University of Santo Tomas’s 129 points ahead of the University of the Philippines on September 22, 2018.
This is also the most points scored by the Lady Bulldogs, beating their previous top score of 112 against De La Salle University on September 11, 2019.
“We are delighted that women’s basketball is back. We’ve been waiting a long time and I want to congratulate the girls for starting this season with a convincing win,” said Dimaunahan.
Karl Pingol was also instrumental with 16 points, six rebounds, and six of NU’s 22 steals as it won UE’s 35 spins with 40 points after those fouls.
Tin Cayabyab won 14 points. Annick Tiky scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Angel Surada has 10 points and 10 pounds, while Gypsy Canuto has another 7 points and 10 assists.
Joyce Terrinal and Kamba Kone lead Lady Red Warriors by 10 points each.
Meanwhile, LJ Miranda drilled a three-clutch ball with 18.2 seconds remaining when Ateneo exited Far Eastern University, 67-64.
Miranda led the Blue Eagles with 17 points and eight rebounds as they beat Lady Tamaraws for the first time in six years since a 54-39 win on October 13, 2016.
Jhaz Joson brought in 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while rookie Kacey Dela Rosa scored 14 points, 14 goals, six interceptions and three steals.
“I have to understand that I was expecting this that we would be full of restlessness. Aside from Jhaz, our 15 players haven’t even actually played in MOA yet,” said Ateneo head coach LA Mumar.
Camille Taguiam performs FEU with 10 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, but committed seven turns.
Ateneo joined the National University, University of Santo Tomas, and De La Salle University were the weekend winners.
Ateneo takes on NU on Wednesday, 11 a.mat the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion while, FEU faces Oriental University later that day At 1 p.m.
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