Lady Bulldogs capture title via season sweep
Congo cager Rhena Itesi fired a game-high 17 points and hauled down 10 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs in putting away the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 67-61, yesterday for their fifth straight crown at the Araneta Coliseum. Itesi’s heroics in the second period sparked a big scoring run that gave them another title after Game 2 the 81st University Athletic Association of the Philippines women’s basketball tournament. Jack Danielle Animam added 15 points, 21 rebounds, four blocks and two assists for the Lady Bulldogs, who completed a 16-game sweep this season. Ria Nabalan contributed 11 points in the Lady Bulldogs’ effort to stretch their winning to 80 since 2013. “Amazing to be a part of it. It’s outrageous, wonderful, unbelievable. Talagang I was just trying to enjoy every moment of it,” said Lady Bulldogs’ coach Pat Aquino. The Lady Bulldogs took control early after Jeanne Camelo scored on a triple that sparked a 21-0 run at the start of the third period. With Animam and Itesi taking turns in scoring inside and outside the shaded lane, the Lady Bulldogs went on to post a 39-16 spread in the last 2:12. The Lady Bulldogs’ winning run is considered as the longest active winning streak in any sport in the league.