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UAAP women’s hoops: Lady Warriors keep Lady Maroons winless

UE star Love Sto. Domingo scores two of his 16 points here as the Lady Warriors defeat winless UP.

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—University of the East added to the woes of the University of the Philippines, but had to survive a near-meltdown for a 52-42 win in the second women’s basketball game of Sunday’s UAAP Season 80 action at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The Lady Warriors nearly blew a 17-point lead at the start of the fourth period as it only scored four points the entire quarter to the Lady Maroons’ 11 but still managed to pull off the win.

Daphne Esplana took UP to her shoulders, scoring nine of the team’s total 4Q output only to sputter in the end.

The win thus forced the Recto-based squad to a tie with Far Eastern U at 2-1 win-loss card while UP is still winless in three outings.

Love Joy Sto. Domingo led the Lady Warrior assault with an all-around game of 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.  

Bienca Ramos also issued a double-double with 12 and 11 rebounds, while Joyce Francisco likewise had 12 markers.

Esplana had 16 markers and five rebounds, but committed six turnovers, even as Marian Domingo grabbed a game-high 19 boards and 13 points for UP.

The Scores:

UE 52—Sto. Domingo 15, Ramos 12, Francisco 12, Chan 6, Tacula 4, Nama 3, Bobis 0, Cortizano 0, Gayacao 0, Pedregosa 0, Requiron 0, Strachan 0.   

UP 42—Esplana 16, Domingo 13, Isip 5, Rodas 4, Ordoveza 4, Bascon 0, Gatpatan 0, Pesquera 0, Cruz 0, Lapid 0, Ongsiako 0, Viray 0, Tan 0.

Quarterscores:  14-9, 29-26, 48-31, 52-42. 

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