Picking up steam, National University handed De La Salle University a 54-point whipping, 112-58, in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavilion.
Center Rhena Itesi led NU's barrage with 20 points, 19 rebounds, and a block. while Season 80 MVP Jack Animam added 18 points and 13 boards.
Knowing that the Lady Archers are one of the contenders to watch for this season, NU head coach Patrick Aquino's call was to start aggressively.
"I told the girls to play hard. We've been coming off the start very slow. Going into the game, they are in it by the second quarter and then slow again in the third quarter," he said. "I just want us to be consistent with everything - to start strong and finish stronger."
The Lady Bulldogs picked it up a notch in the second period after scoring 29 points in the opening quarter, while limiting the Lady Archers to only nine.
Camille Clarin set the tone in the first half, scoring 11 of her 19 points in the opening frame. Kaye Pingol and Kelli Hayes produced 14 and 11 markers, respectively.
In the heat of a 60-percent field goal shooting, NU built a 35-point cushion at the half at 62-29.
Though La Salle tried to mount a third-quarter fightback but the lead was just too much to overcome as the Lady Bulldogs went to clinch their 83rd consecutive victory.
Chuchi Paraiso and rookie Kent Pastrana paced the Lady Archers with 14 and 11 points.
La Salle dropped their second straight game, falling to 1-2.
In the second game, Mar Prado lifted Adamson University to the win column, leading her team to an 82-57 win over University of the East.
The third-year standout finished with 39 points to go along with eight rebounds. And she was pivotal during Adamson's second half surge.
Up by just three entering the second half, Prado was unstoppable in the paint, powering the Lady Falcons to a lead that went to as high as 22 points, 73-51, with three minutes left in the game.
Adamson head coach Ewon Arayi was pleased with how the Lady Falcons turned it around after their lopsided loss against National University last Saturday.
"As I always say nga winning is not everything to me. What is important to me as a coach, and even as a player before, is how you play the game," she said.
The Lady Red Warriors started the game on a good note but foul trouble hounded main gunner Tin Cortizano.
Kat Araja was the other Adamson player in double digits with 10 points to go along with six assists. Lhyn Bilbao hauled down 13 boards as well.
Cortizano ended up with 11 points and eight rebounds while Nins Cuadero and Jearzy Ganade pinched in 10 markers apiece for UE, who dropped to 0-2.
NU (112) - Itesi 20, Clarin 19, Animam 18, Pingol 14, Hayes 11, Cac 9, Supada 4, Canuto 4, Cacho 4, Bartolo 3, Harada 2, Fabruada 2, Del Carmen 2, Goto 0.
DLSU (58) - Paraiso 14, Pastrana 12, Revillosa 8, Binaohan 7, Quingco 6, Torres 3, Sario 3, Castillo 3, Okoli 2, Jimenez 0, Jajurie 0, Espinas 0, Camba 0, El Hadad 0.
Quarterscores: 29-9, 62-27, 70-43, 112-58
Adamson (82) - Prado 39, Araja 10, Bilbao 9, Dampios 9, Anticamara 4, Eli. Alaba 4, Catulong 3, Ela. Alaba 2, Mendoza 1, Flor 1, Omopia 0, Dela Cruz 0, Balane 0.
UE (57) - Cortizano 11, Cuadero 10, Ganade 10, Pedregosa 6, Terrinal 6, Ordas 5, Caraig 4, Fernandez 3, Nama 2, Tinio 0, Paule 0.
Quarterscores: 16-19, 34-31, 60-45, 82-57.