MANILA – University of the East proved to be the steadier team down the stretch as they held off De La Salle University, 82-79, to boost its bid for a semifinals bonus in the UAAP Season 80 women's basketball tournament on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Love Sto. Domingo knocked down three crucial free throws with 2.2 seconds left to play to help the Lady Warriors stay unbeaten in the second round of the tournament.
UE improved to 10-2, and rose to solo second after Far Eastern University shocked University of Santo Tomas, 62-58.
The Tigresses lost for only the third time in 13 games, and now trail the Lady Warriors by half-a-game in the race for the second seed in the playoffs.
Eunique Chan (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Sto. Domingo (18 points, 17 rebounds) produced double-double numbers for UE, while Ruthlaine Tacula and Anna Requiron added 18 and 14 points, respectively.
The Lady Tamaraws, for part, fortified their bid for the remaining semifinals slot by improving to 6-6.
FEU is now half-a-game ahead of Adamson University. The Lady Falcons boosted their own Final Four bid by edging Ateneo, 47-46, on Saturday for a 6-7 win-loss slate.
Valerie Mamaril led the Lady Tamaraws with 23 points while Precious Arellado added 13 points and seven assists.
In the other women's game at the Blue Eagle Gym Saturday, titleholder National University bucked the absence of suspended coach Pat Aquino to beat University of the Philippines, 76-35, for its 12th consecutive victory and 60th since 2014.