Lady bulldogs are beautiful

December 05, 2018

THE golden era continues for National University’s powerhouse women’s basketball team.

The Lady Bulldogs turned back a hard-fighting Far Eastern University side, 67-61, to complete another unbeaten run in another UAAP season yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Now owner of the longest active winning streak in any sport in the league at 80-0, NU won its fifth consecutive championship, tying La Salle in fifth place among the most successful programs.

What made this run all the more remarkable was the fact that Ria Nabalan and Jhianne Layug capped their five-year UAAP careers for the Lady Bulldogs without a single loss.

NU surpassed the old mark of Adamson’s softball team’s 73-game winning streak midway in the eliminations.

“What can I say, it is wow! Amazing! Winning a fifth championship, 80-0? Amazing to be a part of it,” said a jubilant Lady Bulldogs coach Pat Aquino.

“It’s outrageous, wonderful, unbelievable. Talagang I just tried to enjoy every moment of it,” he added.

NU center Jack Danielle Animam was named the Finals MVP after averaging 17 points, 16.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, three steals ahd 1.5 blocks in the series.

In Game 2, the Lady Bulldogs were challenged by the Lady Tamaraws, who were able to bring down the 27-point deficit to six but time was not on their side.

“I give credit to FEU, the coaching staff and the players for bringing out the best in us. They really prepared well. They really deserved to be here,” said Aquino.

Earlier, University of Santo Tomas’ Grace Irebu of Congo formally received the season MVP honors prior to the game.

Irebu’s teammate Sai Larosa, Animam, Castro and Adamson’s Nathalie Prado were named in the Mythical Five.  UST’s Renalyn Ferrer claimed the Rookie of the Year plum.         The scores:

NU (67) — Itesi 17, Animam 15, Nabalan 11, Pingol 8, Camelo 8, Del Carmen 7, Canuto 1, Fabruada 0, Layug 0, Cacho 0, Goto 0.

FEU (61) — Quiapo 15, Adriano 9, Mamaril 8, Bahuyan 7, Castro 6, Taguiam 6, Antiola 6, Bastatas 2, Payadon 2, Vidal 0.

Quarterscores: 18-16, 41-25, 54-44, 67-61