Hazelle Yam, Jolina Go shine as Ateneo beats La Salle to force rubber for finals berth in UAAP women’s hoops

ATENEO beat La Salle, 55-53, on Wednesday to force a rubber match for the second finals berth in the UAAP Season 78 women’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Hazelle Yam had 19 points and Jolina Go added 11 for the Lady Eagles, who outscored the Lady Archers, 22-8, in the third quarter.

The Lady Archers failed to hold on after gaining an 11-point halftime lead.

Allyanna Ong missed a potential game-tying jumper to send the game into overtime.

The winner of the rubber match set Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum will face National University, which will have a thrice-to-beat advantage after a 14-game sweep of the eliminations.

The scores:

Ateneo (55)—Yam 19, Go 11, Jose 6, Javier 6, Tomita 6, Guytingco 4, Aseron 3, Buendia 0, Nitorreda 0, Deacon 0.

DLSU (53)—Penaranda 12, Abaca 11, Roxas 7, Vergarra 5, Dagdagan 4, Castillo 4, Ong 4, Claro 4, Revillosa 2, Vela 0, Gonzales 0, Arciaga 0.

Quarterscores: 11-16; 25-36; 47-44; 55-53.

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