NATIONAL University got back at Army in a big way, outlasting the Lady Troopers, 52-46, to retain the title in the PCABL Dickies Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.
In a battle between two of the country’s top teams, the Lady Bulldogs proved steadier down the stretch to win the annual preseason tournament for the second straight year against a team that handed them their lone defeat in the elimination round.
It was also a big boost for NU, which us looking to extend its reign in the UAAP to five years.
The team backed by Ever Bilena got another big game from Rhena Itesi to get the job done.
Itesi scored 16 points, grabbed 14 boards, and had three blocks in the event also backed by EuroMed, Multimotors Auto Parts, CW Home Depot, Choi Garden Restaurant and Blackwater.
NU’s defensive strategy was so effective that the usually high scoring Jhanine Pontejos was held to just 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting.