It looks like the Rookie of the Year plum has a liking for DLSU cagebelles.
While Miller Ong managed to win the trophy last season, it was her teammate Aracelie “Ara” Abaca who bested other neophytes to win that coveted title this UAAP Season 73. It not only testifies to our laudable recruitment program, but also tells us of the amount of talent laden on the Lady Archers.
Abaca, a first year student taking up AB-Sports Management, is one of the new additions to the strong and tight Lady Archers roster, who finished fourth this season after stretching their Final Four affair with eventual bridesmaids Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws. Their loss, however, did not deter Abaca from averaging a double-double of 14.5 points and 11 rebounds during the two playoff games against the Lady Tams.
Abaca was one of the vital cogs in the DLSU machinery who enabled the cagebelles to nab the fourth spot. This equipped young cagebelle graduated from Diliman Preparatory School, where she developed her love for basketball as a varsity player.
Her passion for hoops action thus opened the door to become this UAAP season’s Rookie of the Year, which is one of her biggest achievements. Considered as one of the team’s potential keys to bringing back the crown next season, Abaca is dedicated to improve her game by strategizing her defense well and tuning up her offensive tactics.
She gets inspiration from her coach and teammates who trust her. With strong ties forming on the Lady Archers’ roster and rookies like Abaca stepping up for the team, this Taft-based squad will win back the championship in no time.