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Before men's team win, Tigresses down Lady Maroons in UAAP distaff hoops

By Ivan Saldajeno

QUEZON CITY--The men's team's win at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday made it a double for the UST basketball program against that of UP as the UST women's team also downed the distaff side of UP in their own clash, 58-52, at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The Tigresses appeared to be going to an easy cruise as they started the match, which was played in the morning, on an 8-0 run.

But the Lady Maroons got into the groove later in the first half, outscoring the Tigresses, 22-9, the rest of the first 20 minutes to take a 22-17 lead.

UST returned to the game by going on a 21-11 third period to take a 38-33 advantage entering the fourth.

UP stayed in the match, forcing two deadlocks in the final period, the last at 48-all with 2:51 remaining in the game.

The Tigresses finished the game on a 10-4 run in the final 2:40 to clinch the victory.

Despite only making two of 13 field goals, Candice Magladuyo finished with 12 points as she went 6-of-6 from the free throw line along with two rebounds, five assists, and one steal for UST.

Bea Daez had a game-high 20 markers with eight caroms, three dimes, and a swipe for UP.

In the other games, NU bludgeoned Ateneo, 70-36, and Adamson needed overtime to trounce, 69-64, to join UST at the top of the standings at 2-0.

Also, La Salle went down the wire before hacking out a 63-59 victory over UE to force a tie for fourth place at 1-1.