UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas recovered from a slow poor start to beat University of the East, 58-49, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.
Congolese center Grace Irebu had 24 points and 16 rebounds as the Golden Tigresses, who scored only four points in the first period, went on to win by nine.
"I talked to Grace that she needed to be stronger in the inside versus UE. Nagdeliver naman siya," said coach Haydee Ong.
Irebu capped off UST's 8-0 pullaway from a tight 46-44 lead to grab a 10-point edge, 54-44, with 2:07 left.
"Sabi ko nga kanina, millenial mind," quipped Ong. "Kidding aside. We are still tired from the FEU game. They started very slow. I told the ladies during halftime that we are lacking energy. We just can't win if we just can't shoot the basket."
Kikay Gandalla added 13 points and five boards, while Lon Rivera had seven points and six rebounds as the Golden Tigresses scored back-to-back wins to rise to a 4-2 standing.
Jearzy Ganade led the Lady Warriors with 17 points, 11 rebounds and four, but committed nine turnovers.
Tin Cortizano chipped in 11 points and eight boards for UE, which suffered its fifth loss in six games.
UST 58 - Irebu 24, Gandalla 13, Rivera 7, Callangan 6, Tacatac 5, Ferrer 3, Gonzales 0, Javier 0, Panti 0, Sangalang 0, Soriano 0.
UE 49 - Ganade 17, Cortizano 11, Ordas 9, Pedregosa 7, Cuadero 3, Caraig 2, Fernandez 0, Nama 0, Raymundo 0, Terrinal 0.
Quarterscores: 4-13; 13-20; 39-35; 58-49.