LA Salle dispatched Ateneo, 57-39, to bolster its Final Four chances in the UAAP Season 81 women's basketball tournament on Tuesday at Blue Eagle Gym.
Khate Castillo showed the way with 13 points, two assists and one steal, while Bettina Binaohan got 11 points and six boards.
Camille Claro added 10 points, four assists and two rebounds.
The win kept the Lady Archers in third place at 8-5, a half-game ahead of Adamson and UST.
It was a defensive wizardry on the part of La Salle as it kept Ateneo to just seven points in the opening frame to grab a 16-7 lead.
But with the Lady Eagles mounting a comeback in the third to cut the deficit down to five, 40-35, the Lady Archers once again dialled back to that approach, holding the hosts to just four in the payoff period and run away with the win.
Alyssa Villamor led the Lady Eagles with 11 points and three rebounds, as Melissa Newsome finished with eight points, six boards and two assists.
Already out of the playoff race, Ateneo suffered its third straight loss to fall to 4-9.
La Salle 57 - K. Castillo 13, Binaohan 11, Claro 10, Nunez 7, Paraiso 5, Torres 3, Quingco 3, Delcampo 3, Arciga 2, Revillosa 0, Jimenez 0, R. Castillo 0, Malarde 0, Jajurie 0.
Ateneo 39 - Villamor 11, Newsome 8, Buendia 8, Nimes 6, Guytingco 2, Cancio 2, Go 2, Joson 0, Payac 0, Gino-gino 0, Chu 0, De Dios 0, Miranda 0, Moslares 0.
Quarterscores: 16-7; 27-16; 40-35; 57-39.