MANILA, Philippines -- University of Santo Tomas (UST) flexed its muscle in a 65-26 demolition of University of the East (UE) in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament, Wednesday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.
The Golden Tigresses limited the the Lady Warriors to just five points in the opening frame before locking down UE to the tune of just two points in the second quarter.
The UST defense forced UE to shoot a horrid 9-of-58 from the field, good for just a measly 16-percent clip.
The Lady Warriors did not help their cause as they shot just 5-of-17 from the stripe and committed 36 turnovers. The Golden Tigresses led by as much as 43 points, 65-22, with 1:45 left.
"'Yung playmaker nilang si (Jearzy) Ganade has been scoring in double digits, so 'yun 'yung kinailangan naming bantayan," said coach Haydee Ong said of the magnificent defensive outing UST had.
All but two players scored for the Golden Tigresses, with reigning MVP Grace Irebu leading the way with 12 points and 15 rebounds, to go with two steals.
Jeorge Panti added 11 markers, while Tacky Tacatac chipping in 10 markers on two treys.
The win lifted UST to a 7-2 slate to keep solo second and gain a one-game cushion over Far Eastern University (FEU) in the standings.
"We're taking it one game at a time. Dikit-dikit kami. Hopefully, we will get one more win against FEU on Sunday," said Ong.
Princess Pedregosa led UE (1-8) with seven points and nine rebounds, as main scorers Ganade and Tin Cortizano were limited to five and three markers, respectively.
UST 65 - Irebu 12, Panti 11, Tacatac 10, Portillo 8, Rivera 8, Callangan 4, Gandalla 4, Ferrer 2, Javier 2, Sangalang 2, Soriano 2, Casiano 0, Manuel 0.
UE 26 - Pedregosa 7, Terrinal 6, Cuadero 5, Ganade 5, Cortizano 3, Fernandez 0, Nama 0, Noquil 0, Ordas 0, Paule 0, Tinio 0.
Quarter scores: 22-5, 37-7, 47-16, 65-26.
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