THE UST Growling Tigresses blew past the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 78-63, at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday to inch closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.
UP managed to cut a 22-point halftime deficit to 11 late in the payoff period. But Tata Jerez hit back-to-back 3s to put UST ahead by 16 with 2:17 to go.
Despite the win, UST coach Haydee Ong was not satisfied with how the Tigresses played.
“It’s not about the winning. It’s [about] how we wanted them to play. Just to stretch out the second round, we have to be consistent in every department,” she said.
Bets Peñaflor led UST with 15 points and nine rebounds while Jerez poured in 13 markers, including three triples.
Lou Ordoveza paced UP with 20 markers.
UST outrebounded the Lady Maroons, 53-42.
The Tigresses (10-2) will try to take a twice-to-beat advantage against the Far Eastern University on Nov. 5, Sunday, 10 a.m., at the Araneta Coliseum.