The NU Lady Bulldogs made history on Wednesday as they secured their 73rd straight victory that matched the longest winning streak ever recorded in the UAAP in any sport.
The five-peat seeking Lady Bulldogs cruised past the Adamson Lady Falcons, 86-58, to maintain their undefeated run dating back to Season 77. This ties the 73-win milestone last achieved by the Adamson softball team from 2010 to 2016.
Rhena Itesi led the charge with a double-double outing of 23 points and 14 rebounds, to go with three blocks and two assists.
Jack Animam also showcased her all-around dominance, finishing with 12 points, 21 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks.
"Maybe we're just lucky," said NU head coach Pat Aquino post-match. "With the help of my players, of course, we couldn't have done everything."
Heading into this game, Aquino had to repeatedly remind his players to stay focused amidst the overwhelming pressure that comes with chasing a league record.
"It's been weeks already that they have been talking about the streak," he shared. "I told them not to talk about it. Let's work harder, one game at a time and hoping that we get the win every time."
"It's really hard because the pressure is really a mountain already," added Aquino. "Not only from other people but management also has been talking about it. I just told them to go out and play our game."
The Lady Bulldogs (9-0) have the golden opportunity to reach uncharted territory when they gun for their 74th win against the second-seeded UST Growling Tigresses (6-3) on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
"It's hard to say that it's gonna be the same mindset for the next game," said Aquino. "It's gonna be UST, one of the toughest teams to beat this season in the UAAP Women's. So we are going to really prepare hard for the next two days, and hopefully, we can get our next win."