The UST Growling Tigresses triumphed over the FEU Lady Tamaraws on a decisive 21-point blowout, 106-85, boosting their twice-to-beat bid of the UAAP Season 86 women's basketball tournament on Wednesday Nov. 15, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Brigette Santos led the Tigresses' rally with 20 points, seven assists, and six steals while shooting on 53 percent field goals this game.
Tantoy Ferrer and Nikki Villasin both made 15 points, while Agatha Bron posted 13 markers. Kent Pastrana also contributed 11, and Tacky Tacatac added 10 points to make up all the double-digit scorers for the Tigresses
The Tigresses moved to 10-3, tied with the UP Lady Maroons for the second and final twice-to-beat spot.
The first quarter started off with both teams constantly exchanging baskets.
UST pulled ahead courtesy of Pastrana's consecutive baskets followed by efforts from Rocel Dionisio, Santos,and Tacatac ending the quarter with a double-digit lead, 29-19.
Both teams continued to duke it out in the second quarter with FEU persistent on their rally to go by UST.
Bron became the stabilizing force for the Tigresses, drilling timely baskets to not let up in the FEU’s rallies.
Though the Tigresses had poor shooting and several possession fumbles, they were still able to gain over the Tamaraws with a comfortable 12-point cushion, ending halftime at 78-66.
Lady Tamaraw Josee Kaputu provided the heavy lifting for FEU with a staggering 37 points and 15 rebounds. Julie Manguiat and Jaina Del Prado also posted double-digit outings of 16 and 15 markers, respectively.
In the fourth quarter UST seized control of the game with a much more energized and brave offense.
Despite Kaputu’s presence in the paint, UST managed to best the Tamaraws inside scoring, making 50 points off the paint. The Tigresses also had 33 turnover points which allowed them to further breakaway and end the game decisively through a 21-point blowout,106-85.
The UST Golden Tigresses are set to clash with the Ateneo Lady Eagles on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the same venue.