DEFENDING champion National University is two away from clinching an outright finals berth after dismantling Far Eastern University, 71-57, on Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 women’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym.
Shelley Gupilan hit six triples and finished with 20 points, while Trixie Antiquiera scored all of her 15 points from the three-point area as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 12-0.
NU has won 28 straight games dating back from last year.
La Salle, meanwhile, extended its streak to 11 while snapping University of the Philippines' four-game winning run with a 78-53 victory.
Ara Abaca delivered a superb all-around performance with 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Camille Claro tossed in 15 points for the Lady Archers, already assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in either the Final Four or a step-ladder semis format.
Jollina Go scored 16 of her 28 points in the first half and Ateneo hammered out a 66-62 decision over University of the East to bolster its semis hopes.
Princess Cochico tallied 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as Adamson University snapped a eight-game losing streak with a 75-71 win over University of Santo Tomas.
The Lady Eagles improved to 5-7 to tie the Lady Warriors and the Tigresses from third to fifth spots, while the Lady Falcons are at 4-8, joining the Lady Maroons in sixth place.
The Lady Tamaraws are already out of the running with a 2-10 card.