National University flaunted its depth in another dominant outing, romping University of the Philippines, 105-53, in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The usual suspects powered the Lady Bulldogs to its 85th straight win, fifth for the season, as Jack Animam had 16 points and 12 rebounds in just 18 minutes of game time while Rhena Itesi added 11 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes of play.
But for Lady Bulldogs head coach Patrick Aquino, this game was his opportunity to field the second and third stringers of his team.
"I told them earlier that those people that are having less playing time have to show up. It's in preparation for something better for the next few games," said Aquino. "They need to have that feeling that they know how to win and play the game will make us more prepared for the grind of the season."
Making the most of the playing time given to her was Melody Cac, who had 13 points built on two triples.
"She's been always there. But because of our depth, sometimes she losses opportunities," Aquino said about the 20-year-old guard. "I just told her to be patient. She'll probably be one of our best players next year because she has that good stroke and she could play defense."
Behind a huge second quartet that saw NU score 29 points while limiting UP to just five points, the Lady Bulldogs mounted a huge 43-point lead to end the first half. NU's lead would go to as high as 53 points during the closing seconds of the game.
Filipino-Canadian rookie Camille Clarin added 11 points while Kaye Pingol chipped in 10 points in just six minutes. All 15 Lady Bulldogs scored in the contest.
UP, who suffered their 34th straight loss to go down to 0-4 for the season, was led by Rei Sanzhez's 21 points. Pesky Pesquera had 15 points and nine rebounds as well.
In the second game, Rose Ann Dampios completed Adamson's fightback from 16-points down to stun University of Santo Tomas, 88-86, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.
The sophomore buried the go-ahead trey with 16 seconds left as she capped off her 26-point performance on a sensational 6-of-15 clip from deep, while also collecting two rebounds, two steals, and a block to buck the Lady Falcons' slow start to the game.
Mar Prado added 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals, Kat Araja chimed in 16 points, eight boards, six assists, and four steals, and Gerl Anticamara also helped in the rally with her 15 points, four rebounds, and three dimes.
Down by as much as 16 points, Adamson clawed back, cutting the lead down to just a solitary point with a minute left after a huge basket by rookie Anticamara. A stop by the Lady Falcons set up Dampios' heroics.
It was Adamson's third straight win to rise to 4-1 in the standings, while sending UST to back-to-back losses to fall to 2-2.
The Lady Falcons also did a better job defending the paint in the second half even after Grace Irebu uncorked 34 points, 21 rebounds, and three blocks for the Golden Tigresses.
Tantoy Ferrer contributed 16 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists, but committed nine of UST's 32 turnovers in the affair.
Lon Rivera also got 13 points and three boards in the loss.