OKBet Sports: Lady Bulldogs Win 97th straight Game

In its first game in 1,044 days, National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs fielded a new coach and an entirely new roster of players. On the other hand, those were of little consequence on Sunday morning.

At the Mall of Asia Arena, the current iteration of the Lady Bulldogs showed that they are just as unforgiving, thrashing University of the East by a score of 131-47. With this victory, the Lady Bulldogs inched closer to achieving their goal of 100 consecutive victories while rewriting UAAP women’s basketball history.

Camille Clarin, who finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in NU’s 97th straight win, said, “It was our statement to the UAAP that we’re back.” NU’s win was the program’s 97th consecutive victory. Since the league began keeping their statistics on computers in 2003, the National U has produced the most goals of any women’s team. This makes them the current record holders.

“New coach, new players, but we still have the same culture and goals,” continued Clarin after introducing the new personnel.

Every single one of the Lady Bulldogs contributed, which was the most important thing for the new coach, Aris Dimaunahan. Five other players finished in double digits.

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“All we can say is that we’re overjoyed that women’s basketball has been returned. The soft-spoken Dimaunahan, who took over for Pat Aquino a few moments later, said something in Filipino to the effect that “we’ve been waiting for too long.” It was plain to see that the ladies were excited to compete. Furthermore, it demonstrated that they had a ravenous appetite for competition.

Following the global pandemic, the UAAP finally held a women’s basketball tournament for the very first time since it began.

Although Aquino was unable to be present at the beginning of a new era for NU due to personal responsibilities he needed to attend to that morning, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he was overjoyed to learn that the program is in the capable hands of new leadership. He told the Inquirer while he was taking a break from driving that he was unable to watch the game as it was happening live. “But from what I’ve heard, it was a resounding victory. I could not be more pleased with the way in which the players carried themselves today.”

Players from Gilas shine.

Aquino led the Lady Bulldogs to 96 victories during her time as head coach. Six championships were won during that incredible undefeated run, which is largely responsible for the remarkable shift in how women’s basketball is perceived — and how it is played — in the present day.

In the scoring effort, Karl Pingol contributed 16 points, Kristine Cayabyab contributed 14, and Angel Surada contributed 10 points. This did not surprise Aquino because all three of them are regulars in the national cage program.

“I expected Gilas players in Camille, Karl, Kristine, and Angel to lead the pack, and I’m happy that they did,” he said. “I’m also happy that they did.”

Clarin stated that taking things slowly is of the utmost importance for this batch of Lady Bulldogs, who wish to honor the Lady Bulldogs who came before them by ensuring that the streak continues.

“We don’t look at it as if we’re a part of the entire streak,” the speaker said. It is our duty to keep it going for the benefit of those who laid the groundwork for us. “I guess just concentrating on one game at a time is the key to keeping our attention on the task at hand,” she said.

Clarin continued by saying, “Even before, even last year, and the years before that, we never focused on the number. Instead, you focus on the game at hand and the opponent at hand. I think we’ve always been fortunate enough to have that focus on each game, and the results will show.”

Aquino, for his part, is staying informed about the situation. When NU takes on the University of the Philippines on October 12 in Manila at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, the school has a chance to win its 100th consecutive game.

And Aquino is of the opinion that it is attainable, given that the Lady Bulldogs have been successful at winning for such a significant amount of time now.

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