NU dumps Ateneo, nears 1st round sweep of UAAP women’s basketball

Defending champion National University extended its remarkable winning run to 54 after dismantling Ateneo, 70-53 on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Jack Daniel Animam had 15 points and 18 rebounds, Ria Nabalan added 12 points and seven boards while Rhena Itesi also tallied a double-double of 10 points and 14 boards for the Lady Bulldogs (6-0), who moved closer to complting a 7-game sweep of the first round.

NU will shoot for the sweep against University of the Philippines next Wednesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

Meantime, University of Santo Tomas, behind Jem Angeles’ 13-point, 10-rebound effort, bested De La Salle, 65-62, to improve at 5-1 and grab solo second place.

The Lady Eagles and the Lady Archers fell to 2-4 and 1-4 slates, respectively. 

Photo courtesy of Phoebe Joy Gonzales