DAUNTING as the task may be, Gilas Pilipinas Women vowed to do everything in its power to keep the Philippines in Division A.
That's the assurance Jack Animam gave before the Filipinas opened their campaign in the 2019 Fiba Women's Asia Cup in Bangalore, India.
"Syempre, we don't want to go back down to Division Two. Nasa Division One na tayo eh. Ire-retain namin yun," she said.
This is the second time that Gilas Women will be playing in the premier class of the continental competitions.
However, the odds are stacked against the girls of coach Pat Aquino, with the Philippines set on a collision course against Australia on Tuesday before taking on China and New Zealand in Pool B of the tourney.
Adding to that will be the squad's lack of height, with Animam, Kelli Hayes, Danica Jose, and Eunique Chan counted upon to man the paint in the absence of Clare Castro.
Despite those circumstances, the Fil-Am Hayes believes that Gilas Womens are more than capable of making up for that deficiency.
"That's what we are supposed to do whatever position we are playing," she said.
"Whatever I need to do to represent the Philippines to the best of my abilities, I will do that. Yes, we are going to miss Clare but we have other great players that will step up for the team."