UAAP women’s basketball: FEU crushes UE; La Salle whips UP

Far Eastern University secured at least a playoff for a Final Four berth with a 64-41 rout of University of the East Sunday in UAAP season 82 women’s basketball tournament at Ynares Center in Antipolo.

FEU's Clare Castro tries to shoot against UE defender (UAAP Images)

FEU’s Clare Castro tries to shoot against UE defender (UAAP Images)

Clare Castro scored 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Tamaraws, who finished the eliminations at fourth with 8-6.

FEU can still finish third if Adamson yields its last game against La Salle on Wednesday.

The win was a fitting gift for FEU coach Bert Flores, who was celebrating his 51st birthday.

Fatima Quiapo also shone with 18 points while Choy Bahuyan chipped in 12 points as the Lady Tamaraws halted a two-game skid.

De La Salle's Lee Sario soars for a layup past UP's Rei Sanchez (UAAP Images)

De La Salle’s Lee Sario soars for a layup past UP’s Rei Sanchez (UAAP Images)

FEU came out smoking in the opening frame with a 19-6 start to dictate the pace throughout, leading by as many as 32, 62-30, with 7:09 left to play.

Meanwhile, De La Salle kept its semis hopes alive with a 73-49 triumph over University of the Philippines.

Lee Sario had 13 points, Kent Pastrana added 11, and Maureen Okoli finished with 10 for the Lady Archers, who improved to 7-6 at fifth with only one game left in the elims.

The victory put La Salle in a crucial match against Adamson on Wednesday for a last-ditch effort at making into the Final Four.

UP fell to 1-12 to tie with UE at the bottom.