ANTIPOLO -- La Salle scored a huge 63-46 win over Adamson to even its record in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament Saturday at Ynares Center here.
Kent Pastrana poured 11 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists, while Lee Sario had 10 points and two boards to help the Lady Archers' early attack to slowly create space against the Lady Falcons before grabbing a 33-23 lead at the half.
It didn't take long before the rest of the squad followed suit as La Salle outscored Adamson, 20-9 in the third quarter to build a 53-32 lead as it ballooned to as high as 26 points in the payoff period.
"We had a good start, that's why we had the rhythm throughout the game," said coach Cholo Villanueva as the Lady Archers improved to a 3-3 card.
Nigerian center Maureen Okoli also delivered a breakout performance with her nine points, 18 rebounds, and six blocks as La Salle shot on a 33-percent clip from the field, a far cry to Adamson's paltry 23-percent field goal shooting.
Angel Quingco contributed 10 points and six boards, as Bennette Revillosa registered eight points and eight rebounds in the win.
Lhyn Bilbao scored 14 points and nine rebounds to topscore for the Lady Falcons, which sunk to a 3-2 card.
The loss also spoiled Mar Prado's stellar line of 13 points and 22 boards.
In the first game, University of the East averted disaster with a 68-66 escape over fellow cellar-dweller University of the Philippines.
Queen Ordas completed the and-one play that gave the Lady Warriors a 66-63 lead with 1:43 remaining.
The Lady Maroons could not cash in their succeeding possessions, opening the chance for Princess Pedregosa to build UE a five-point cushion, 68-63, in the last 11.6 seconds.
UP still had a chance to stay in the game after Pesky Pesquera's late triple, but time just wasn't on its side as it incurred its 35th straight defeat.
"Syempre, yun ang pinaka-pressure sa amin na may losing streak sila," said coach Aileen Lebornio. "Rebuilding kami pero yung players namin, mas beterano kaysa sa UP, kaya kung kaya naming kunin, kunin dapat namin."
Tin Cortizano anchored UE with 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block, Nins Cuadero got herself 14 points and nine boards, and Pedregosa notched 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Ordas chipped in nine points and 11 boards, while Jearzy Ganade showed tremendous poise with her nine points, 12 assists, and five rebounds to improve to a 1-4 record.
Pesquera led UP (0-5) with 22 points on a 4-of-7 shooting from threes, as well as 10 rebounds and four assists, while Stiff Larrosa got 16 points, four boards, and two dimes in the defeat.
UE 68 -- Cortizano 19, Cuadero 14, Pedregosa 13, Ganade 9, Ordas 9, Nama 2, Tinio 2, Caraig 0, Fernandez 0, Terrinal 0.
UP 66 -- Pesquera 22, Larrosa 16, Ordoveza 13, Sanchez 6, Gonzales 4, De Leon 2, Rivera 2, Lebico 1, Gusilatar 0, Hidalgo 0, Lucman 0.
Quarters: 8-13, 29-30, 48-48, 68-66.
LA SALLE 63 -- Pastrana 11, Sario 11, Quingco 10, Okoli 9, Revillosa 8, Torres 6, Dalisay 3, Paraiso 3, Binaohan 2, Camba 0, Castillo 0, Del Campo 0, Jajurie 0, Jimenez 0.
ADAMSON 46 -- Bilbao 14, Prado 13, Araja 8, Catulong 5, Anticamara 2, Ornopia 2, Dampios 1, Flor 1, Balane 0, Dela Cruz 0, Mendoza 0.
Quarters: 17-12, 33-23, 53-32, 63-46.