NATIONAL University hardly broke a sweat in posting a 109-54 victory over University of the East to complete the first-round sweep of the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs used a 37-3 first quarter barrage to set the tone for their seventh win this season and extend their win streak to 87 games.
Fresh from her Gilas Womens stint, Jack Animam poured 20 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, an assist and a steal to lead NU.
"Mukhang ready naman sila to step up. We thought Jack will not be able to play, but she surprised us," said assistant coach Julie Amos, who called the shots for coach Pat Aquino who is still in India for the 2019 Fiba Women's Asia Cup.
Animam, for her part, commented: "Kung di naman dahil sa kanila, di ko magagawa yun. Kahit pagod kami, nandoon pa rin yung tiwala nila kaya sinusuklian ko lang yun."
Congolese center Rhena Itesi had 20 points and 14 boards, while Mikka Cacho added 11 points and three assists as all 14 Lady Bulldogs were able to score at least three points.
NU led by 58 points, 105-47, after a Melody Cac jumper with 2:17 left in the game.
"We're happy na maganda ang turnout namin but there's still a lot of improvements," said Amos. "We have to be ready, everybody's on our back, so dapat on our toes din kami."
Joyce Terrinal paced the Lady Warriors (1-6) with 21 points and four rebounds, while Jearzy Ganade got a double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, with eight assists, while committing 10 turnovers.
In the second game, Ateneo edged University of the Philippines, 76-62, to end its four-game losing streak.
Kat Guytingco scored all of her 13 points in the second half and finished with five rebounds, three assists and one steal as the Lady Eagles ended the first round on a high note.
"She sat out for most of the first two quarters and that fueled her to do more sa second half," said coach Kat Quimpo of fifth-year guard Guytingco.
Jhaz Joson added 13 points, seven boards, and four assists, while Zoe Chu had 12 points and three rebounds in the win.
Pesky Pesquera led the Lady Maroons with 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Jona Lebico had 10 points, five boards and three steals.
UP is the only winless team for this season as its losing streak extended to 37 games.
NU 109 - Animam 20, Itesi 20, Cacho 11, Cac 8, Harada 8, Clarin 7, Bartolo 6, Pingol 6, Surada 6, Del Carmen 4, Fabruada 4, Canuto 3, Goto 3, Hayes 3.
UE 54 - Terrinal 21, Ganade 12, Cuadero 8, Cortizano 7, Nama 4, Raymundo 2, Caraig 0, Ordas 0, Pedregosa 0, Tinio 0.
Quarterscores: 37-3; 61-19; 92-40; 109-54.
Ateneo 76 - Guytingco 13, Joson 13, Chu 12, Cancio 9, Yam 9, Newsome 8, Villamor 7, Moslares 5, Aquisap 0, De Dios 0, Villacruz 0.
UP 62 - Pesquera 15, Lebico 10, Sanchez 9, Rivera 7, De Leon 5, Gusilatar 5, Gonzales 4, Ordoveza 4, Larrosa 3, Hidalgo 0, Lucman 0.
Quarterscores: 25-16; 35-32; 57-47; 76-62.