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UST, La Salle flash dominant forms in UAAP women’s basketball opener
UST, La Salle flash dominant forms in UAAP women’s basketball opener 

HOT START. Charmine Torres and the La Salle Lady Archers come out in full control against Adamson.


Tacky Tacatac takes charge in UST’s strong start as La Salle also carves out a big win behind Fina Niantcho in the UAAP women’s basketball kickoff

MANILA, Philippines – UAAP women’s basketball returned with the University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University posting commanding wins in the Season 85 opener on Saturday, October 1, at the Mall of Asia Arena.  

Tacky Tacatac took over for UST as the Tigresses hacked out a 106-70 rout of the Adamson Lady Falcons. 

Tacatac, who paced five Tigresses in double figures, dropped 21 points, 15 coming from three-point range, to go with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.

“We’re very happy and excited that women’s basketball is back in Season 85. We’re happy that we got our first win but a lot of work has to be done yet. This is just the beginning,” said UST head coach Haydee Ong.

La Salle also carved out a one-sided decision, 73-51,  over the University of the Philippines in the second game.

Fina Niantcho showed her might from the get-go, scoring 12 of her 16 points in the first half to go with 12 rebounds and 3 steals.

“It’s a good start for us. We just wanted to execute properly during our first game. Good thing the girls responded well,” said La Salle head coach Cholo Villanueva.

Luisa San Juan made 10 of her 12 points in the second half for La Salle, while Lee Sario just missed a double-double with 9 points and 8 rebounds.

The Lady Archers limited UP to just 18.5% shooting from the field, a poor 12-of-65 clip, while converting 37.7% of their 77 attempts.

Acrissa Maw was the lone Fighting Maroon in double digits with 11 points to go with her 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

Rounding out the double-digit scorers for UST, meanwhile, were Joylyn Pangilinan (19 points, 7-of-9 from the field), Fil-Am recruit Nikki Villasin (15 points, 6 rebounds), Steph Villapando (14 points), and Eka Soriano (13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists).

Rookie Dindy Medina paced Adamson with 29 big points but committed 7 turnovers, while Leslie Flor got 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.

All four teams will return to action on Wednesday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

UST will open the quadruple-header against La Salle at 9 am, while Adamson will end the day against UP at 3 pm.

The Scores

First Game

UST 106 – Tacatac 21, Pangilinan 19, Villasin 15, Villapando 14, Soriano 13, Ambos 7, Santos 5, Bron 5, Dionisio 4, Araza 3, Serrano 0.

Adamson 70 – Medina 29, Flor 11, Dampios 7, Padilla 6, Meniano 6, Etang 4, Dumelod 3, Agojo 2, Ornopia 2, Alaba Angela 0, Adeshina 0, Tano 0, Dela Cruz 0, Carcallas 0, Alaba Angeline 0, Catulong 0.

Quarters: 30-10, 48-34, 78-48, 106-70.

Second Game

La Salle 73 – Niantcho 17, San Juan 12, Sario 9, Torres 8, Arciga 8, Binaohan 7, Dalisay 5, Ahmed 4, Jimenez 2, Espinas 2, De la Paz 0, Camba 0, Villava-Cua 0.

UP 51 – Maw 11, Larrosa 8, Sanchez 8, Baqiruit 5, Pesquera 5, Tapawan 4, Jimenez 4, Domingo 2, Vingno 2, Lozada 2, Gonzales 0, Sauz 0, Rivera 0.

Quarters: 19-8, 35-19, 57-38, 73-51.

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