NATIONAL University made history on Wednesday, tying the UAAP record for most consecutive wins at 73 with an 86-58 victory over Adamson in the UAAP Season 81 women's basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Rhena Itesi powered the Lady Bulldogs with 23 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two assists, while Ria Nabalan got 12 points, five assists and four boards.
Jack Animam also was a beast down low with her 12 points, 21 rebounds, five assists and four rejections as NU improved its record to 9-0.
The streak puts the NU Lady Bulldogs alongside the Adamson softball team, which won 73 straight games from 2010 to 2016.
NU has now gone unbeaten for over 1,564 days, with the streak dating back to July 13, 2014 with a 62-46 win coincidentally against Adamson back in Season 77.
"Siguro we're just lucky," sighed coach Patrick Aquino. "With the help of my players, we couldn't have done everything."
Aquino, who is also gunning for a five-peat this year, admitted how hard was it to focus on the game rather than be overwhelmed with the record.
“It’s hard. It’s been weeks that we’ve been talking about it. The pressure mounts na rin, not just from other people but from the management also. But we told the girls, let’s not talk about it. Let’s forget about the streak, the 73-0, forget about the 9-0. It’s just a game we have to play, a championship game we have to win,” he said.
“Work hard, one game at a time, and hope we get the win everytime. Lets just go out and play our game. Kung ano man yung ginawa natin before, let’s do it again.”
Animam added: ""Personally, yung mindset ko is to play my best. Everything I can do to help my team, I will do. Kailangan walang ma-left out at lahat kami nasa same page para sabay-sabay kaming aangat."
NU guns for the record 74th straight win on Saturday when it faces UST, the same school which ended Adamson’s winning run.
Aquino knows that it’s going to be a tough battle for the Lady Bulldogs against the Tigresses.
“It's hard to stay with the same mindset. For a fact, it's going to be UST next game, so we’re really going to prepare hard for this game,” he said.
Jamie Alcoy paced the Lady Falcons with 18 points and two rebounds, while Kath Araja got 11 points, five steals and four boards.
Adamson dropped to 5-4 to drop to joint fourth place with La Salle.
In the first game, UST compounded UP’s woes with a 103-58 demolition job.
Sai Larosa topped the Tigresses with 35 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and a steal, while Grace Irebu complimented her with a solid double-double mark of 20 points, 17 boards, five blocks and three assists.
UST rose to a second-place tie with FEU at 6-3.
Noella Cruz led UP with 14 points, three rebounds and two steals, while Lourdes Ordoveza got 11 and five.
The Lady Maroons fell to 0-9 for the season and suffered their 27th straight defeat dating back to Season 79.
UST 103 - Larosa 35, Irebu 20, Capilit 16, Tacatac 9, Magat 7, Ferrer 7, Sangalang 4, Rivera 3, Gonzales 2, Casiano 0, Valera 0, Villar 0.
UP 58 - Cruz 14, Ordoveza L. 11, Ferrer 6, Gonzales 6, Rodas 5, Amar 4, Medina 4, De Guzman 2, Hidalgo 2, Ordoveza C. 2, Rivera 2, Bascon 0, De Leon 0, Larrosa 0, Lebico 0, Moa 0.
Quarterscores: 15-13; 39-22; 79-41; 103-58.
NU 86 - Itesi 23, Nabalan 12, Animam 12, Camelo 12, Fabruada 11, Del Carmen 5, Cac 4, Pingol 3, Goto 2, Cacho 2, Canuto 0, Bartolo 0, Ceño 0, Layug 0.
Adamson 58 - Alcoy 18, Araja 11, Osano 8, Tandaan 7, Prado 6, Razalo 4, Camacho 2, Cacho 2, Aciro 0, Bilbao 0, Cabug 0.
Quarterscores: 19-14; 44-28; 72-46; 86-58.