Posted Feb 16th 2014
Lady Tams, Lady Archers tie at 3-0
By Anthony Divinagracia Posted Jul 12th 2013
Perennial title-contenders Far Eastern University (FEU) and De La Salle University disposed of separate opponents Thursday to remain unscathed in the 76th UAAP women’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym.
The defending back-to-back champion Lady Tamaraws repulsed Ateneo de Manila University in its own backyard, 51-48, while last year’s runner-up Lady Archers edged Adamson University, 45-43, in overtime to post identical 3-0 marks.
Camille Sambile scored 14 points while Vangie Soriano added nine and 13 rebounds to lead FEU, which took a 38-28 advantage before the Lady Eagles mounted a searing 11-2 attack that knotted the count at 39-all early in the fourth quarter.
But the Lady Tamaraws quickly responded with a 9-2 counterattack to retake the lead, 48-41, for good.
Danica Jose chipped in an all-around performance of 12 markers, 18 boards, five assists, and four blocks to pace Ateneo. Binky Uy de Ong backstopped Jose with 12 points.
La Salle meanwhile played catch-up to the Lady Falcons in regulation before Trisha Piatos nailed a go-ahead three-pointer to put the Lady Archers up for the first time, 40-37, with 4:14 in the extra period.
Adamson would later wrest the upperhand in the last 1:24 of the contest as Analie Tongco and Kanille de Castro buried a triple and a freethrow, respectively to make it 43-42. Yet there was no denying the Lady Archers, who thwarted several Adamson incursions on the other end before finalizing the count on a Camille Ramos basket and an Ara Abaca split.
None of the Lady Archers managed to score in double figures with Cass Santos and Abaca tallying 8 and 7 markers to lead La Salle. The duo however grabbed 12 and 17 rebounds for good measure.
Tongco top-scored for Adamson with 13 points, while De Castro hauled down a record of 19 caroms, with eight coming from the offensive glass.
In other games, University of the Philippines claimed its first win by outlasting University of Santo Tomas (UST), 51-49, while National University returned to the win column via a 62-41 shellacking of University of the East.