Lady Archers bow to Lady Bulldogs, suffer second straight loss
Published on October 29th, 2016 | by Khyte Mendoza
The De La Salle University Lady Archers fell to powerhouse National University Lady Bulldogs, 77-93, in a titanic clash in the second round of the UAAP Season 79 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Saturday.
DLSU lost its second consecutive game, after a stunning defeat in the hands of the FEU Lady Tamaraws last October 22.
Camille Claro led La Salle with 21 points, 15 from beyond the arc, to go along with five boards and four dimes. Chay Vergara added 13 markers and five rebounds, while Joahanna Arciga and Kat Nunez chipped in 11 and 10 respectively.
The Taft-based squad took a blow after a technical foul was slapped on Snow Penaranda, which translated to her fourth personal foul, midway through the third period.
National U built their largest lead in the game at 31 points after a turnaround jumper from Rhena Itesi, 88-57, with still 6:36 to go in the final canto.
Claro tried to claw their way back into the game as she buried back-to-back triples that cut the deficit to 23, 70-93, but the long bombs were a little too late with only 1:34 remaining.
The Lady Archers stayed within shouting distance early in the game. Jamie Roxas split from the charity stripe to trail the Jhocson-based crew by five, 20-25, after the first period. However, the Lady Bulldogs took advantage of their size, leaning onto second chance points, 35-11, to pull away from La Salle.
Jack Animam spearheaded the attack for NU, tallying a moster double-double 25 points, an efficient 12/14 from the field, and 22 rebounds. Gemma Miranda contributed 23 markers and 13 boards, while Afril Bernardino and Itesi scored 21 and 10 points separately.
Coach Cholo Villanueva and his team were badly out-rebounded by the taller NU-side, 29-60.
The Green and White are still at second place with an 8-3 record, while National U improved to a flawless 12-0 record.
NU 93 – Animam 25, Miranda 23, Bernardino 21, Itesi 10, Ceno 5, Harada 3, Camelo 3, Del Carmen 2, Nabalan 1, Layug 0, Lopez 0, Taneza 0, Malana 0, Rebadulla 0
DLSU 77 – Claro 21, Vergara 13, Arciga 11, Nunez 10, Roxas 7, Castillo 5, Figueroa 4, Vela 2, Penaranda 2, Revillosa 2, Dagdagan 0, Javier 0
Quarter Scores: 25-20, 28-13, 24-19, 16-25