National University escaped a game challenge from Far Eastern University to pull off the 75-62 win and stay unbeaten in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball Tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Jack Animam and Kaye Pingol came to the Lady Bulldogs' rescue from a tight 63-58 affair with 4:35 remaining as they staged a 12-4 blast to snare the 13-point victory.
Animam led the cavalry with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal, as Pingol did her part with 15 points, eight boards, and two steals.
Fil-Am forward Kelli Hayes also chipped in 15 points, six assists, and four rebounds as NU rose to a 9-0 record and extend its historic winning run to 89 straight games.
Yet the win hardly made coach Pat Aquino happy as he felt that his bench wasn't able to match the efforts of his starters.
"The first group did their business, but the second group is coming up short all the time," he lamented. "Like I told them, it's not a bandwagon that you just hop on. You have to give your support and best all the time. We have to address that and we have to fix that."
FEU was able to stay in the game thanks to its 10-of-28 three-point shooting, but had no match for NU's might down low as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Tamaraws inside, 42 to 16.
Choy Bahuyan was the lone FEU player to get to double digits in scoring with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists.
Clare Castro added nine points, 10 boards, and two blocks, while Valerie Mamaril shot a horrid 3-of-17 clip to wound up with nine points, eight rebounds, and four steals.
The loss ended the Lady Tamaraws' three-game win streak to fall to a 6-3 slate.
In the second game, University of Santo Tomas flat out dominated University of the East, 65-26, to take its seventh win.
Just how dominant were the Tigresses? They limited the Lady Warriors to just five points in the opening frame before locking down UE to the tune of just two points in the second quarter.
As the dust settled, the UST defense forced UE to shoot a horrid 9-of-58 from the field, good for just a measly 16-percent clip.
Not helping the Lady Warriors' cause was them going just 5-of-17 from the stripe and them committing 36 turnovers, paving the way for the Golden Tigresses to enjoy a lead as much as 43 points in the game, 65-22, with 1:45 left.
All but two players scored for the Golden Tigresses, with reigning MVP Grace Irebu leading the way with 12 points and 15 rebounds, to go with two steals.
Jeorge Panti added 11 markers, while Tacky Tacatac chipping in 10 markers on two treys.
The win lifted UST to a 7-2 slate to keep solo second and gain a one-game cushion over Far Eastern University in the standings.
Princess Pedregosa led UE (1-8) with seven points and nine rebounds, as main scorers Ganade and Tin Cortizano were limited to five and three markers, respectively.