NU Lady Bulldogs back in finals after completing sweep of UAAP women's basketball elims

NATIONAL University steamrolled to a 84-55 win over University of the Philippines on Tuesday to jump straight to the UAAP Season 79 women's basketball finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

It was the Lady Bulldogs' third straight 14-0 elimination round sweep, and they are two wins away from a third consecutive championship.

Reigning MVP Afril Bernardino led NU with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, Je-anne Canelo scored 14 and Florymae Ceno added 12 points.

The Lady Bulldogs have won 46 straight games dating back from 2014 season.

La Salle, behind Khate Castillo's 22 points and Snow Peñaranda's 17-point, 16-rebound effort, beat Ateneo, 71-60, to secure the twice-to-beat bonus in the step-ladder semifinals with an 11-3 card.

Love Sto. Domingo tallied 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Ruthlaine Tacula added 17 markers as University of the East turned back University of Sto. Tomas, 64-58, to secure the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.

Adamson University got a lifeline on its quest for the last semis berth with a 57-53 win over Far Eastern University in the last game.

The Lady Warriors wound up with a 10-4 slate, while the Tigresses and the Lady Falcons ended up tied for fourth at 6-8. The playoff between Adamson University and UST is set next week, with the winner taking on UE in the first step-ladder semifinals.

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