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NU Lady Bulldogs clobber UST Tigresses, set UAAP record

The NU Lady Bulldogs now own the longest win streak in the history of the UAAP.

NU achieved the new milestone after completing a masterful 96-57 demolition of the UST Growling Tigresses in the UAAP women's basketball tournament Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

With this 74th straight victory, the Lady Bulldogs broke the record previously set by the Adamson women's softball team in 2016.

"We are very, very happy," said a relieved coach Pat Aquino right after the match. "The pressure is gone and the good thing is it's done already, beating the record."

Ria Nabalan heated up from beyond the arc, knocking down seven triples to finish with 31 points. She also hauled down seven rebounds and dished six assists.

Four more players reached double-digits in the historic win that improved NU's slate to 10-0.

Kaye Pingol delivered 20 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while twin towers Rhena Itesi and Jack Animam chipped in with 15 points apiece. Animam also tallied 13 rebounds and five assists.

The Lady Bulldogs opened the second half with a 10-0 spurt that built an insurmountable 52-29 lead. They dominated from then on and built as high as a 44-point cushion late in the fourth frame on the way to the record-breaking feat.

"It doesn't stop there, we still have to finish four or six games more," said Aquino as they continue their quest for a fifth straight championship. "I hope we could still have that intensity and hard work. With all the players' sacrifices, I hope we can do it again."

Sai Larosa topped with 18 points for the Tigresses, who dropped to fourth place with a 6-4 card.

THE SCORES

NU 96 -- Nabalan 31, Pingol 20, Animam 15, Itesi 15, Del Carmen 11, Fabruada 4, Camelo 0, Cacho 0, Canuto 0, Goto 0, Ceno 0, Bartolo 0, Harada 0.

UST 57 -- Larosa 18, Irebu 8, Magat 8, Capilit 6, Rivera 6, Gonzales 5, Ferrer 4, Sangalang 2, Aujero 0, Tacatac 0.

Quarters: 22-14, 42-29, 68-40, 96-57.