THE Centro Escolar University Scorpions, the overall champions in the senior division last year, open up their title-retention bid when the basketball games kick off the start of the 48th season of the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association this Saturday.
The Scorpions will clash with newcomer University of Makati at 3 p.m. during the opening games at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
This season unfolds with the theme, “Audecia Sin Limites (Courage Without Limits),” with Saint Pedro Poveda College as this year’s host.
“We hope our athletes will be daring, take risks, be courageous and clearsighted,” said Dr. Azucena Camagan, school president of host Saint Pedro Poveda College.
Camagan and members of the WNCAA board talked about the season during Wednesday’s launch at the Poveda College campus in Edsa, Mandaluyong.
The La Salle Zobel Archers, the overall winner in the junior contest, will meet the Poveda Phoenix at 1:30 p.m.
The Phoenix takes on St. Jude College at 12 noon.
Last year, La Salle-Zobel won two cage titles, after upending St. Paul College Pasig, 58-45, to nail a remarkable seventh straight championship in the midgets division.
Chiang Kai Shek College dumped DLSZ, 68-40, for a back-to-back juniors’ crown, while CEU picked up its sixth straight seniors’ plum after an 82-42 win over Philippine Women’s University.
Sixteen schools are seeing action this year, with UMak as a new member, replacing Rizal Technological University.
Officials of Umak are keen on making their football field available for games.
Additional events in cheerdancing are being considered in the midget level.
Competitions will also be held in badminton, futsal, poomsae, softball, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis and volleyball.