A pair of University of Santo Tomas players finished 1-2 in statistical points for the UAAP women’s basketball MVP race after the first round of eliminations. Malu Irebu emerged with the highest SPs with 81.85, followed by fellow Tigress Misaela Larosa (75.66). Season 80 MVP Jack Animam of National University placed third (73.57), with teammates Ria Nabalan (70.42) and Rhena Itesi (66.57) completing the top 5. NU’s acknowledged “Big Three,” credited for a 7-0 sweep of the first round of eliminations and for keeping the school’s 71-game winning streak alive, all landed in last year’s Mythical 5. Rounding out the top 10 are: Clare Castro of Far Eastern University (65.57), Nathalie Prado of Adamson (63), Anna Marieny Requiron of University of the East (56.85), Valerie Mamaril of FEU (53.28), and Kaye Pingol of NU (51.71). 71 straight wins and counting, as NU crushes FEU Statistical points take into consideration the top 5 key categories — points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks — as well as turnovers, unsportsmanlike behavior and team wins. A win is worth 15 bonus points, while penalty points worth 5 are docked for every technical foul and 10 for an ejection. For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.