Pat Aquino not easing up on unbeaten Lady Bulldogs in bid for finals sweep vs Lady Warriors
NU coach Pat Aquino promised harder practice sessions for the Lady Bulldogs ahead of Game 2. Marlo Cueto

NATIONAL University coach Pat Aquino is not taking any chances in Game Two of the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball finals.

Despite winning their 63rd straight game on Wednesday in the UAAP women’s finals, Aquino said he does not plan to have light practices before Game Two, which is set on Sunday, 11 a.m. at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

In fact, Aquino said practices in the days leading up to Game Two will be even harder.

“I told the girls after the game, we huddled at the court, and I said, kung sa palagay niyo, nahirapan kayo sa practice before this game, palagay ko mas mahirap pa this coming days,” said Aquino.

NU defeated University of the East, 89-61, in the series opener to extend its UAAP winning streak to 63.

Trixie Antiquera was the hero of the game as she had 30 points, including a 7-of-11 clip from three-point range. She got help from Ria Nabalan, who had 16 points, and MVP Jack Animam, who had a double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds.

Even with the lopsided win, Aquino said he expects the Lady Warriors to make a comeback. Incidentally, NU’s closest defeat of the season came at the expense of UE when the Lady Bulldogs won in overtime, 69-66.

“I hope we will be ready again. I know UE is going to come back. I know UE, a lot of energy coming back. I hope we will be ready to get that fourth championship,” said Aquino.

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