REIGNING titlist National University held La Salle scoreless in the last seven minutes to carve out a 72-59 win and stretch its winning run to 36 games yesterday in the UAAP Season 79 women's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Last year's MVP Afril Bernardino came through with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Gemma Miranda added 17 points, 10 boards and four assists as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 4-0.
Nicole Mendina and Love Sto. Domingo combined for 27 points as University of the East (3-1) beat Far Eastern University (1-2), 55-45, to seize solo second spot.
The Lady Archers, who closed in to 59-61 before collapsing, fell at 2-1 in third spot.
Kaye Pingol scored 22 points, while Jonalyn Lacson added 15 points and 20 boards as Adamson University (2-2) defeated Ateneo (1-2), 74-62.
Shanda Andres had 23 points as University of Santo Tomas (1-2) downed University of the Philippines (0-4), 80-73.