Lady Archers take down Ateneo in season opener

Ara AbacaThe Lady Archers convincingly defeated the Ateneo Lady Eagles with a 54-38 win earlier today at the Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo de Manila University to open the UAAP Season 76 Women’s Basketball Tournament

Ara Abaca led the team with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals while Inna Corcuera had a double-double performance with 11 point and 11 rebounds.

On the other hand, Cara Buendia led Ateneo with 11 points and 4 rebounds while Kat Nuñez added 9 points and 4 assists.

After grinding out through the first three quarter, La Salle finally got the upper hand in the final quarter after holding down Ateneo to only 2 points scored. The team uncorked an impressive 19-4 run, capped off Miller’s Ong’s triple with 1:22 left, leading to their 54-38 win.

La Salle fell into an early to 3-8 deficit in the opening quarter as Danica Jose and Binky Uy De Ong of Ateneo consistently attacked the paint for easy layups. The Lady Archers then would tie the game up at 8 apiece after Corcuera’s layup with 48 seconds left. The opening quarter would end in the favor of Ateneo though after having a 8-12 lead.

The Lady Archers the took control in the second quarter as they unleashed a 13-3 run courtesy of timely perimeter hits from its guards. The team had a 25-19 first half lead.

Entering into the second half, the momentum suddenly shifted to the blue shirts. Ateneo started out strong courtesy of the aggressive upbringings or Cara Buendia and Danica Jose which resulted them to take a slim 31-33 lead.

The scores:
DLSU (54) – Abaca 12, Piatos 11, Corcuera 11, Santos 9, M. Ong 5, Vergara 4, Melendres 2, Scott 0, Revillosa 0, Ramos 0, A. Ong 0, Gonzales 0, Garcia 0, Claro 0.

ADMU (38) – Buendia 11, Nuñez 9, Uy De Ong 8, Jose 5, Posadas 2, Javier 2, Aseron 1, Veloso 0, Tantoco 0, Limcaoco 0, Bo-ot 0, Belarmino 0.

Quarter scores: 8-12, 25-19, 33-36, 54-38.

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