VALERIE Mamaril drained the game-winning lay-up with eight seconds remaining Far Eastern University beat lowly Ateneo, 73-71, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 women's basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.
Katrina Guytingco still tried to steal the win for the Lady Eagles, but her three-point shot clanked off the rim.
Mamaril dropped 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal, as Clare Castro topscored for FEU with 21 points and also had 10 rebounds.
Fatima Quiapo had 14 points, seven boards and four dimes to help propel the Lady Tamaraws to solo second place at 6-2.
Jolina Go paced Ateneo (2-6) with 21 points and three rebounds, while Guytingco had 18 points, eight boards, five assists and four steals.
It was the Lady Eagles' sixth straight defeat after starting off the season with two wins.
In the first game, University of the East halted its three-game losing run with an 86-69 victory over La Salle.
Anna Marieny Requiron led the Lady Warriors with her monster statline of 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks, while Christine Cortizano got 21 points, four assists and three boards.
UE was just scorching hot in the game, going on a 51-percent clip from the field to blow La Salle away, 50-39 at halftime before eventually taking 22-point leads.
The Lady Warriors' solid shooting allowed them to rise to 2-6, while dealing the Lady Archers only their third defeat in eight games.
Ana Castillo led La Salle with 17 points and four rebounds, while Camille Castro got 15 points, five assists, and two boards.
UE 86 - Requiron 22, Cortizano 21, Francisco 13, A. Pedregosa 9, P. Pedregosa 8, Cuadero 7, Ganade 4, Nama 2, Borromeo 0.
La Salle 69 - Castillo 17, Claro 15, Quingco 14, Torres 7, Arciga 5, Revillosa 4, Paraiso 4, Nunez 3, Binaoha 0, Del Ocampo 0, Jimenez 0.
Quarterscores: 23-25; 50-39; 67-49; 86-69.
FEU 73 - Castro 21, Mamaril 14, Quiapo 14, Taguiam 9, Vidal 8, Bahuyan 4, Adriano 3, Antiola 0, Bastastas 0, Payadon 0.
Ateneo 71 - Go 21, Guytingco 18, Joson 13, Villamor 6, Buendia 4, Newsome 3, Cancio 2, Chu 2, Nimes 2.
Quarterscores: 16-22; 32-40; 50-62; 73-71.