Nabalan drops record 40 pts as NU nails No. 72

MANILA, Philippines — Ria Nabalan became the first player to score 40 points in six years as National U routed La Salle, 111-64, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

The victory was the five-peat seeking Lady Bulldogs’ eighth in the elims – and the 72nd consecutive dating back to 2014.

Nabalan, who went 14-of-23 from the field, scored the most points by any player since Allana Lim had 45 points in Far Eastern U’s 85-43 victory over University of the East on Aug. 15, 2012.

Reigning MVP Jack Danielle Animam added 20 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and two assists while Congo’s Rhena Itesi had 19 points, 16 boards and four blocks for NU.

Grace Irebu, the Congolese center who led the MVP race in the first round, produced 19 points and 12 rebounds as UST turned back FEU, 75-68, to improve at 5-3.