NATIONAL University handily defeated Far Eastern University, 75-62, on Wednesday for its ninth win in as many games in the the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Jack Animam and Kaye Pingol showed the way as the Lady Bulldogs pulled away from 63-58 with 4:35 remaining with a 12-4 blast to snare the 13-point victory.
Animam finished with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal, while Pingol had 15 points, eight boards and two steals.
Fil-Am forward Kelli Hayes in 15 points, six assists and four rebounds as NU extended its unbeaten run to 89 straight games.
Coach Pat Aquino wasn't entirely pleased, though, saying the bench wasn't able to match the efforts of the starters.
"The first group did their business, but the second group is coming up short all the time," he lamented. "Sabi ko nga sa kanila, hindi yan bandwagon na sasama ka lang. You have to give your support and best all the time. We have to address that and we have to fix that."
FEU was able to stay in the game thanks with its 10-of-28 three-point shooting, but had no match for NU's might down low as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Tamaraws inside, 42 to 16.
Choy Bahuyan was the lone FEU player to get to double digits in scoring with 15 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds and making three assists.
Clare Castro added nine points, 10 boatds and two blocks, while Valerie Mamaril shot a horrid 3-of-17 clip and finished with nine points, eight rebounds and four steals.
The loss ended the Lady Tamaraws' three-game win streak to fall to a 6-3 slate.
NU 75 - Animam 15, Hayes 15, Pingol 15, Surada 7, Clarin 5, Del Carmen 5, Itesi 4, Cac 3, Canuto 2, Fabruada 2, Harada 2, Bartolo 0, Cacho 0, Goto 0.
FEU 62 - Bahuyan 15, Castro 9, Mamaril 9, Quiapo 9, Abat 8, Jumuad 4, Delos Santos 3, Payadon 3, Antiola 2, Adriano 0, Pacia 0, Vidal 0, Villanueva 0.
Quarterscores: 26-19; 34-28; 55-44; 75-62.