THE National University Lady Bulldogs are on pace to challenge the longest winning streak in UAAP history following their fourth straight UAAP women’s basketball championship.
The Lady Bulldogs extended their winning streak to 64 games on Sunday after beating University of the East at the Araneta Coliseum for a sweep of the finals.
They are now nine victories away from tying the longest winning run in UAAP seniors history, the 73 straight wins set by the Adamson women’s softball team.
While he doesn’t want to look too far ahead, NU coach Pat Aquino admitted it would be a great achievement if the Lady Bulldogs could match or surpass the mark.
“Ayoko isipin,” Aquino said. “But at the back of my mind, the pressure is already here. I hope that we could beat that record — 73 wins of Adamson softball team. Hopefully, we could achieve that and siguro mas more, mas maganda.
“As of now, let’s just enjoy the fourth championship,” said Aquino.
Finals Most Valuable Player Trixie Antiquiera led the Lady Bulldogs with 19 points, but Rhena Itesi and Ria Nabalan had 15 and 14 points each.
The Lady Bulldogs look capable of another title run next season, even with the graduation of three players this year including Antiquiera.
Aquino said the Lady Bulldogs are already looking at least six rookies to beef up the line-up for next season. Among the holdovers are reigning MVP Jack Danielle Animam, Rheena Itesi and Ria Nabalan.
“Siguro, recruitment namin, masabi ko sa inyo, ang recruiment namin is (until) 2021 already,” Aquino told reporters. May mga nakahanda nang kapalit na at least six rookies next year. With the help of those guys (veterans), we will be formidable again. We will try to get the fifth championship.”