February 21, 2024

Fueling the Game: Top 5 ballers of UAAP Season 86 women's basketball Vol. 13

Fueling the Game: Top 5 ballers of UAAP Season 86 women
Art by Royce Nicdao

It was another jampacked game day in the women's basketball tournament of UAAP Season 86 on Wednesday, and we're not complaining.

Even though the Final Four cast was already previously set, that didn't stop the eight teams from battling, with school pride always on the line. Just like in the past editions, a full-on display of talent wasn't lacking. Further proof of the women's game is at an all-time high.

5. Josee Kaputu - FEU Tamaraws


FEU may have lost to the UST Growling Tigresses, 106-85, but Kaputu's monster performance is hard to ignore. The Congo native finished with a league-high 37 points on top of 15 rebounds. UST had nothing for Kaputu in the paint. It would be a travesty if she doesn't get a Mythical Five nod.

4. Camille Clarin - NU Lady Bulldogs


NU employed another balanced attack in its 76-61 win over the Adamson Lady Falcons. The team got solid contributions from everyone across the board, but it was Clarin who provided the scoring punch with a team-high 15 points. It's no wonder why the Bulldogs are on track for another crown.

3. Achrissa Maw - UP Fighting Maroons


Making her debut on the list is Maw, who stepped up in UP's rout of the UE Lady Warriors, 70-55. She made her presence felt on both ends with 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals. It should be a huge boost to her confidence, especially with the Fighting Maroons next facing the 12-1 NU.

2. Tricia Mendoza - De La Salle Lady Archers


Mendoza once again showcased her all-around toughness in their upset of archrival Ateneo Blue Eagles, 67-61. She finished with a double-double of 10 points and 14 boards plus three assists and three steals. La Salle may be out of contention but never count out the hardworking Mendoza.

1. Brigette Santos - UST Growling Tigresses


The Growling Tigresses' win over FEU kept them in the hunt for the twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four. The team was led by Santos, who had arguably her best game of the season with 20 points, four caroms, seven dimes, and six steals. She's another deadly weapon for the fiery UST five.