REIGNING MVP Afril Bernardino sparkled as titleholder National University coasted to a 80-56 win of Ateneo and stay unbeaten in the UAAP Season 79 women's basketball tournament on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
A national team standout, Bernardino tallied 27 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 9-0 in the season.
NU also extended its remarkable winning streak to 41 games dating from the 2014 season.
Gemma Miranda added 22 points while Jack Daniel Animam had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs, who led by as many as 39 points.
The Lady Eagles, who got a combined 21 points from Alyssa Villamor and Nicole Cancio, fell to 3-6 in sixth spot.
Adamson University, behind Jamie Alcoy's 17 points, beat University of the Philippines, 67-60, for its fourth victory in nine starts for solo fourth.
Patricia Pesquera and Christine Aliermo scored 16 points apiece for the Lady Maroons, in the bottom at 1-8.