DEFENDING champion National University defeated Adamson University, 82-38, to keep its unbeaten run, while University of the East turned back Ateneo, 62-51, to gain a share of second place on Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 women's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Congo's Rhena Itesi had 18 points and 22 rebounds while Ria Nabalan added 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Lady Bulldogs were never threatened, leading by as many as 53 points.
NU has now stretched its remarkable winning run to 52 games.
Ruthlaine Tacula came through with 20 points, five assists and four steals while Eunique Chan added 17 points and 10 boards for the Lady Warriors to book their third straight win after a season-opening overtime loss to the Lady Bulldogs.
UE joined idle UST in second spot.
The Lady Eagles fell to joint fourth with Far Eastern University at 2-2 , while the Lady Falcons joined La Salle in sixth spot at 1-3.