ADAMSON advanced to the the UAAP Season 79 women’s Final Four after beating University of Sto. Tomas, 73-58, on Wednesday in the playoff match for the fourth spot at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Kaye Pingol scored 17, while Nathalia Prado had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Falcons.
Adamson and UST ended the eliminations with identical 6-8 win-loss records.
Jonalyn Lacson scored 12 points and nine rebounds for Adamson, which outscored UST, 23-8, in the first quarter.
The Lady Falcons made it to the Final Four for the first time since 2013, their first year under head coach Mike Fermin. Adamson advanced at the time, but only because Far Eastern University forfeited victories due to an ineligible player.
“They are hungry to win,” said Fermin. “They want to prove something that they belong to the Final Four.”
With National University getting an outright berth in the finals after sweeping the regular season, Adamson takes on University of the East in a knockout game to start off the stepladder. The winner takes on La Salle, which owns a twice-to-beat advantage.
“Ito ‘yung legit na Final Four,” said Fermin.
Shanda Anies had 14 points and six rebounds, while Bettina Penaflor had 10 and eight for UST.
Misaela Larosa scored nine and pulled down 16 rebounds for the Tigresses.
Adamson 73 — Pingol 17, Prado 15, Lacson 12, Alcoy 11, Araja 8, Cabug 5, Osano 3, Camacho 1, Razalo 1, Dampios 0, Loretero 0.
UST 58 — Anies 14, Penaflor 10, Larosa 9, Angeles 9, Aujero 6, Gandalla 4, Rivera 2, Portillo 2, Felisarta 2, Magdaluyo 0, Jerez 0, Capilit 0.
Quarterscores: 23-8; 37-22; 56-37; 73-58.