Tigresses walk on Lady Maroons

| Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc

The UP Women’s Basketball Team with Head Coach Paul Ramos during a last-minute huddle in the final moments of the game. At extreme right, partly hidden, is Assistant Coach Asi Taulava. Photo by Jo. Lontoc, UP MPRO


It was a blatant 103-48 win for the UST Growling Tigresses over the UP Lady Fighting Maroons on September 7, 2019 at Smart Araneta, in their first round match in UAAP Season 82 Women’s Basketball.

The Tigresses controlled each quarter, scoring 26, 22, 28, and 27, over UP’s 17, 13, 8, and 10, the former padding their lead to 55 in the final quarter.


Lulu Ordovera successfully fending off UST’s Grace Irebu and maintaining ball possession. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO


But the Lady Maroons gave a fight.

UP made the first point, courtesy of rookie Ash Taulava. But it was rookie Rei Sanchez who clocked in the longest along with Mika de Leon, scoring 11 and 10 points, and making 11 and 6 boards, respectively. Sanchez made two successful shots from six attempts outside the perimeter, while De Leon was successful in one of two. Jona Lebico chipped in another 10 points, making 100 percent of her four free throws.


Jona Lebico is still a high-scorer. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO


Pat Pesquera, with her five rebounds, was second to Sanchez in securing the ball back for the team in the opponent’s territory, followed by Lulu Urdoveza.


Pat Pesquera directs the ball. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO


But the Maroons’ effort was no match to the Tigresses, led by last season’s MVP Grace Irebu, who scored 23 points, getting nine goals out of 14 attempts. UST’s dominance forced 35 turnovers from UP, keeping theirs at a minimum 16.


Rei Sanchez makes a jump shot from the perimeter line. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO


The UP Fighting Lady Maroons is under new coaches, Paul John Ramos and Philippine Basketball Association’s Asi Taulava.


New Lady Fighting Maroons coach, Paul Ramos. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO


UST 103: Irebu 23, Reynalyn Ferrer 20, Jeorge Panti 15, Lon Rivera 12, Aly Gonzales 11, Ruby Portillo 8, Eka Soriano 3, Kikay Gandalla 3, Josa Casiano 2, Shen Callangan 2
UP 48: Sanchez 11, De Leon 10, Lebico 10, Ordoveza 7, Pesquera 4, Erica Gusilatar 2, Taulava 2, Kat Hidalgo 2


Mika de Leon sets a 7/14 record on her free throws. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO


Ash Taulava makes the first goal of the game. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO