La Salle drubs UST Growling Tigresses
The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigresses succumbed to the third quarter onslaught of the De La Salle University Lady Archers, 67-77
Photo by Elijah Jester Ramos
The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigresses succumbed to the third quarter onslaught of the De La Salle University Lady Archers, 67-77, in the UAAP Season 79 Women’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Lady Archer Marga Dagdagan sparked a 22-3 run in the third quarter to proved their dominance, 61-41. La Salle pushed UST to its limit in breakaway plays, 62-49.
Tigress Sofia Felisarta closed the lead to nine in the fourth quarter, 57-66. However, crucial turnovers in the dying moments denied the hopes for UST, 67-77.
The España-based squad tallied 45 turnovers, 15 more against La Salle’s 30.
“We played three and a half quarters, ‘yun lang ‘yun” UST head coach Haydee Ong said.
In the first quarter, Tigress Shanda Anies’ steady performance tallied the first nine points for her team. Ruby Portillo then carried the momentum to put UST within two, 16-18.
Late in the second quarter, Ann Gandalla of UST buried back-to-back triples to extend their lead to ten, 34-24. La Salle rallied past and and uncorked an 11-1 blitz to steal the lead at the half, 35-34.
Gandalla led the Espana-based cagers with 19 points and eight rebounds while Anies and Larosa combined 33 markers while DLSU’s Khate Castillo scored game-high 20 points.
The Growling Tigresses will next face the Far Easter University Lady Tamaraws on Oct. 1, Saturday, at the same venue.
Quarter Scores: 16-18, 34-35, 49-62, 67-77
UST 67 – Gandalla 19, Anies 17, Larosa 16, Portillo 7, Felisarta 4, Rivera 2, Penaflor 2, Magdaluyo 0, Capilit 0, Jerez 0, Angeles 0, Aujero 0, Manuel 0
DLSU 77 – Castillo 20, Revillosa 13, Penaranda 10, Vergara 10, Dagdagan 9, Arciga 5, Vela 4, Claro 3, Torres 2, Roxas 1, Nunez 0, Gonzales 0