DEFENDING three-time champion National University completed another 14-game elimination round sweep with a 63-50 win over University of the East on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Lady Bulldogs, 62-0 since 2014, booked their fifth successive finals appearance, two wins away from a fourth straight title.
Ria Nabalan came through with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Congo's Rhena Itesi and Jack Danielle Animam took care of boards for NU, combining for 41 rebounds.
Trixie Antiquiera and Je Anne Camelo each had 11 points while Janet Sison added 10 markers for the Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Warriors, who were paced by Ruthlaine Tacula's 14 points, could only score four points in the third period which spelled their doom.
Despite the loss, UE (11-3) will enter the step-ladder semifinals with a twice-to-beat advantage for finishing No. 2 in the eliminations.
At the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Far Eastern University, priming up to its first step-ladder duel with University of Sto. Tomas, beat Ateneo, 69-60, to end its elims schedule with three straight wins.
The Lady Tamaraws, who wound up with a 8-6 card in fourth, drew 16 points from Isabel Balleser and 11 points from Precious Arellado.
In a match of already eliminated teams, La Salle nipped University of the Philippines, 75-72, to finish its season at 3-11 in seventh place.