The De La Salle University Lady Archers succumbed to the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses in a do-or-die match battle for fourth ending their UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball campaign with fifth finish, 67-79, on Wednesday, November 21, at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Lady Archers started the opening quarter strong with an 11-0 run with Claro shooting three straight 3-pointers and a jump shot from Paraiso. MVP Grace Irebu opened the quarter for the UST Lady Tigresses. The Espana-based squad had a 11-4 counter-run to cut La Salle’s lead down to 4, 15-11. Veterans Castillo and Torres answered UST’s run both with a triple to end the first frame ahead, 21-17.
The Green-and-White struggled offensively and defensively in the second frame. La Salle scored 12 points against UST’s 21 points in the quarter alone. La Salle trail by 5, 33-38, at the end of first half.
The Taft-based squad and Espana-based squad were able to adjust to the play making of one another as La Salle and UST exchanged series of runs throughout the third frame. La Salle opened a 17– 6 to reclaim the lead, 50-44. UST had their own 10 – 0 run to end the third frame ahead, 50-54.
Lady Archers fought hard throughout the fourth and final frame of the game. The Lady Archers tried to make runs but fell short at the end of the final buzzer, scoring 17 points against UST’s 25 points in the quarter, 67-79.
At the end of regulation, The University of Santo Tomas secured fourth semis seat against the De La Salle University, 67-79.
Ana Castillo led the Lady Archers with 20 points and 4 assists while tandem Camille Claro and Marie Arciga scored 15 points and 10 points, respectively.
Meanwhile, Lady Tigresses was led by Season 81 Most Valuable Player Grace Irebu with 29 points and 14 boards. Veteran Capilit and Larosa combined for 34 points and 8 boards.
The Taft-based squad finished Season 81 with fifth finish with a win-loss record of 8-6.
DLSU 67 – Castillo 20, Claro 15, Arciga 10, Revillosa 7, Paraiso 6, Torres 3, Binaohan 2, Nunez 2, Quingco 2.
UST 79 – Irebu 29, Larosa 18, Capilit 16, Aujero 4, Tacatac 3, Ferrer 3, Sanggalang 2, Rivera 2, Portillo 2.