The DLSU Lady Archers rebounded from Sunday’s defeat to the NU Lady Bulldogs after defeating UST, 77-67, at the Mall of Asia Arena last Wednesday. Khate Castillo led the way for the Archers with 20 points, shooting eight out of 15 from the field and draining four out of eight three-point attempts.
Bennette Revillosa was a rebound shy of a double-double performance, contributing 13 points and nine rebounds. Snow Penaranda on the other hand, was a rebound shy of a triple-double performance with 10 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds. UST’s Ann Gandalla ended up with 19 points, 15 of which came from behind the three-point line. Misaela Larosa also tallied 11 rebounds and 16 points, despite committing 10 turnovers for the Growling Tigresses.
Tight first half
It was toe-to-toe during the first half of action as both teams showed hustle and intensity, which lead to four lead changes and three deadlocks. Castillo and Gandalla shot well from behind the three-point line, making three three-pointers each after 2o minutes of action.
The second quarter ended with La Salle leading by a single point, 35-34. Castillo and Gandalla led La Salle and UST at the half with 13 and 11 points, respectively. UST struggled in taking care of the ball, leading to 20 first half turnovers, seven of which came from Shanda Anies alone.
DLSU takes over
During the second half, DLSU outmatched the Growling Tigresses, with La Salle leading UST by as many as 20 points. The third period was dominated by the Lady Archers, and ended with a score of 62-49. Although Misaela Larosa scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half, her efforts were not enough against La Salle’s team effort.
Both teams shot approximately 41 percent from the field throughout the game. La Salle had a slight edge in three-point shooting, converting seven out of 22 attempts, compared to UST’s seven of 25. The Growling Tigresses had the upper hand in terms of rebounds, garnering a total of 48 compared to the Lady Archers’ 37.
In terms of free throw shooting, the Lady Archers 47 percent compared to the Growling Tigresses’ 57 percent. Perhaps the most crucial factor of the game, however, was La Salle’s choking defense, with the Green-and-White recording 16 steals and six blocks. DLSU had a total of 30 turnovers, compared to 45 for UST. La Salle capitalized on the situation, managing to convert 40 points off turnovers.
With the victory, the Green-and-White improved to a 3-1 win-loss standing.
Next up, the Lady Archers will face the AdU Lady Falcons on Saturday, September 24, at 8 am, also at the Mall of Asia Arena.