OKBet Sports: NU Opens Season 85 by Defeating UE by 84 Points

The NU Lady Bulldogs have continued their tradition of dominance into the new season.

After taking a three-year break from the UAAP, the six-time defending champions continued right where they left off with a 131-47 rout of the University of the East Lady Warriors to kick off their UAAP Season 85 campaign at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday. The victory was an absolute masterclass.

NU, who already parade a new head coach in Aris Dimaunahan after multi-titled strategist Pat Aquino decided to step down from his position earlier this year, hardly broke a sweat against UE, whom they dominated from the beginning for their 97th straight win, which also set a new record for the number of points scored in a UAAP women’s basketball game. This victory also set a new record for the most points scored in a UAAP women’s basketball game.

After only ten minutes of play, NU had already built a comfortable lead of 27 points, with a score of 38-11. This was primarily due to the hot hands of Camille Clarin and Angel Surada in the opening salvo.

UE was unable to recover from a run of 25 points by the Lady Bulldogs to start the second quarter, which resulted in the Lady Bulldogs taking a commanding lead of 55 points into the halftime break with a score of 68-13.

During the entirety of the second salvo, the only points scored by the Lady Warriors were two.

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The Lady Bulldogs kept their foot on the gas pedal on offense as they continued their onslaught, despite the fact that they already held a lead that was insurmountable.

With 1 minute and 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Lady Bulldogs scored their 100th point, breaking the century mark in the process.

Clarin led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points, making 7 of 10 field goal attempts. Additionally, she had seven boards, four assists, and two steals in the game.

Karl Pingol contributed 16 points, and Kristine Cayabyab added 14 markers to the team’s total.

In Northwestern University’s resounding victory, every player the team put out on the court scored at least two points.

Dimaunahan simply enjoyed the resumption of women’s basketball in the UAAP during his first game in charge of the team, which was also the first edition of the tournament to be held since 2019.

“We are simply overjoyed that women’s basketball has resumed, as it has been a long time since we last played. I would like to offer my congratulations to the ladies on winning their first game of the season, which was also a convincing victory. It is abundantly clear that the ladies are eager to compete, and the result demonstrated, kanina na talagang, that they are starved for competition. Once more, my heartfelt congratulations go out to each and every one of them “he said.

At the match against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, which will take place on October 5 at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, NU will attempt to earn victory number 98.

On the other hand, UE will try to get back on track after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the FEU Lady Tamaraws earlier on Wednesday.

LJ Miranda’s game-winning triple helped the Ateneo Blue Eagles eke out a 67-64 victory over the FEU Lady Tamaraws in the second game of the day.

Upon blowing a 14-point lead, the Blue Eagles were forced to defend themselves against a tenacious Tamaraws team. With 18 seconds remaining on the clock, Miranda broke a tie score of 64-all with a corner three-pointer. Her basket broke the tie.

At the game’s conclusion, Miranda led Ateneo in scoring with 17 points. Jhazmin Joson, a veteran player, contributed 14 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals to the team’s performance.

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