Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    March 18, 2010
    10:10 p.m.

    ESPN Coverage

    I just got the coverage map for Saturday's game against Baylor. ESPN plans to show the Bulldogs game in its entirety in the Central Valley and the entire state of Texas. Outside the Central Valley the rest of California is going to see Stanford vs. UC Riverside. The rest of the nation is going to get what ESPN calls Whip around coverage where they will show parts of every game going on. The coverage map is available by going to the women's basketball page of ESPN.com. Those people that can access ESPN 360 can watch the game online with out interruptions.

    High Definition Subscribers:
    Note: If you are tuned to your ESPNHD channel you will be watching the national telecast that will allow the viewer to see the most compelling action from multiple games. If you wish to watch your local home market protected game in its entirety, you must tune to your regular Standard Definition ESPN Channel. Contact your cable operator regarding your Standard Definition and High Definition ESPN channel designation or your satellite provider regarding your alternate channel assignment.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    March 18, 2010
    6:30 p.m.

    Arriving in Berkeley

    This is the time of year all college basketball teams live for, the opportunity to participate in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs are in the Big Dance for the third straight year and for the second time in three years will play Baylor in the first round. The first time came in 2008 in New Mexico when the No. 14 seeded Bulldogs lost to No. 3 seed Baylor 88-67. Last year the Bulldogs were a No. 13 seed and lost to Cal.

    Fresno State received first-class treatment when leaving the campus this afternoon. The team left from the North Gym with fans, media athletic department employees, University officials and employees along with TimeOut, the band and cheerleaders present. Before the team boarded the bus, President Welty addressed the team for a few minutes.

    The team arrived at the team hotel, Four Points By Sheraton at 4:15 to a hotel lobby decked out in Fresno State garb. The employees were wearing Fresno State shirts and signs and balloons were also hung up in the lobby. It is always fun to participate in the tournament.

    The coaches are currently watching film before the team eats dinner. They have been watching for a little over an hour. We are leaving for dinner at 6:45 p.m. Once we get back from dinner we will relax the rest of the evening.

    The team has a fairly low key morning but in the afternoon from 2:20-2:50 p.m. coach Wiggins, Jaleesa Ross, Joh-Teena Filipe and Hayley Munro will participate in a press conference and the team will then practice from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Cal's Haas Pavilion. The practice is open to the public. The team took their practice today at the North Gym before leaving Fresno.

    Saturday's game will be seen at 7:30 p.m. or 30 minutes after the ending of the Georgetown vs. Marist game. ESPN 2 is broadcasting the game and it can be seen in its entirety on ESPN 360. The announcers for the game are Cara Capuano and Kayte Christensen. Christensen is somewhat familiar with Fresno State as she was scheduled to broadcast the the Bulldogs WAC tournament championship game on ESPNU with Todd Harris. The night before the title game she drove to Sacramento where she is from to do a Sacramento Kings game. On the way there she hit a major snow storm and said that she didn't want to risk driving back so Stephen Bardo ended up filling in for her. Christensen did have a phone conversation with Wiggins before the tournament. She knows the style we play and what we like to do.

    Stay tuned to gobulldogs.com for up to the minute information on the Bulldogs NCAA tournament experience in Berkeley.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    March 13, 2010
    7:30 a.m.

    Back to the Championship Game

    For the third straight year the Fresno State women's basketball team is back in the championship game. This year the Dogs will battle No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech for the championship. The game starts at 1 p.m. and it can be seen live on ESPNU with Todd Harris and Stephen Bardo calling the action. This is the first year since 2006 that the host school has not made it to the championship.

    There is a short turnaround for this game as the Dogs played at Noon yesterday. After Friday's 80-66 win over Idaho the team sat around and watched the Louisiana Tech vs. Nevada game before heading back to the hotel. The team had dinner and had the rest of the evening at the hotel to relax and rest their bodies. But while the players were resting, the coaching staff spent most of the evening watching film on La Tech in preparation for today's game. I walked in during the evening to bring them stats around 10:30 p.m. and they were watching our game at Louisiana Tech.

    Fresno State will try to do something on Saturday that only Louisiana Tech has done and that is win three straight tournament championships. The Lady Techsters accomplished that feat from 2002-04. They then lost in 2005 before winning the tournament again 2006.

    The previous two games against La Tech this year have been battles from start to finish. Neither team had big leads in the game and it took overtime in Ruston for the Bulldogs to win. No game is as important as today since the winner gets the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

    Today's schedule will go as follows: 8:15 eat breakfast, 8:40 a.m. depart for shoot around, return to the hotel a little after 10 and then leave for the game at 11:30 a.m. After the game we will come back to the hotel pack, eat dinner and then get on the bus and head back to Fresno.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    March 10, 2010
    6:30 p.m.

    Game 1 is in the Books; Idaho Next

    The Bulldogs are onto the semi-finals of the WAC tournament once again. Fresno State defeated Hawai'i 83-55 in the opening round game and now plays Idaho Friday at Noon. The Vandals have been a team that has typically played Fresno State tough. Last year the Vandals swept the Bulldogs and this year Fresno State out scored Idaho 30-10 in the final 10 minutes in Moscow to win 72-64. In the game in Fresno, the Bulldogs won 85-38.

    Following Idaho's 75-63 win over New Mexico State in the opening round of the WAC Tournament, Vandal coach Jon Newlee praised the Bulldogs saying they are an NCAA tournament team no matter what happens in the tournament. He added that the WAC championship goes through Fresno and was very high on the way the team is playing. He and the players called this year's game in Fresno a disaster. Wednesday was the first time in school history Idaho has won a conference tournament game.

    Tomorrow the Bulldogs will practice at 1:30 p.m. and then head over to the Lawlor Events Center to watch the men's team play Louisiana Tech at 2:30 p.m.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    March 9, 2010
    9:00 p.m.

    The Bulldogs Arrive in Reno

    It's the time of year everybody lives for. Some say March is the best month of the year. I know I probably watch more television this month than any month of the year. CBS and ESPN are my two favorite channels as I watch the men's and women's conference and NCAA tournaments.

    The Bulldogs are about ready to participate in March Madness as they open the WAC tournament tomorrow at Noon at Nevada's Lawlor Events Center against Hawai'i.

    For the third straight year the Bulldogs come into the tournament as the No. 1 seed and they will play No. 8 seeded Hawai'i for the second straight year in the opening round game. Fresno State has swept the season series with Hawai'i for the last three years.

    To prepare for Hawai'i, the Bulldogs practiced at the North Gym back home from 9-10:30 a.m. The bus left the North Gym at 11:30 a.m. and headed to Reno. We stopped an hour into the trip near Merced at Subway for lunch before continuing on our journey.

    While on the bus we watched the movie Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. After the movie it was a pretty quiet bus ride the rest of the way. We pulled into the Silver Legacy hotel around 5 p.m. and had dinner at 7 p.m.

    KMPH T.V. is one of the television stations that is here in Reno to cover the Bulldogs and before the team ate Adrian Wiggins, Jaleesa Ross, Hayley Munro and Rosie Moult all did interviews with reporter Jessob Reisbeck.

    The team will have to be in bed by 10 p.m. tonight as they will leave for shoot around at 7:10 a.m. as they have a shoot around from 7:30-7:55 a.m. at the arena. Shoot arounds for the first round are always shorter because of how early the games start.

    One question that media has asked going into the tournament is "How has this team been able to zero in on the moment so well and not look ahead?"

    This team just has a goal of winning a championship and progressing in the NCAA tournament. They do not want to let anything get in their way. That is one of the reasons they have won 17 straight games and boast a 25-5 record. But to the Fresno State team they feel this is a new season and that they are starting with a 0-0 record.

    That is why the Bulldogs have had the success they have enjoyed.

    The new season starts tomorrow. Stay tuned to gobulldogs.com for complete coverage on the Dogs quest for another WAC Tournament championship.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 27, 2010
    5:55 p.m.

    Follow Tonight's Game

    Fan can follow tonight's game on live stats via the Boise State web site. Here is the link. http://www.broncosports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=9900&DB_LANG=&KEY=&DB_OEM_ID=9900&KEY= Less than an hour until tip off. Both teams are on the floor warming up. The Fresno State indoor track and field team is here in Boise competing at the WAC Indoors Track and Field Championships. They are expected to be at tonight's game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 27, 2010
    5:55 p.m.

    It's Finally Game Time

    It feels like we have been in Boise forever. It is now time for the reason we are here and that is to play basketball. The team had a good shoot around this afternoon and is now on the court warming up. Today's celebrities on the pass list are, Wayne Newton, Picabo Street, Harmen Killebrew and A.J. Feeley. Boise State is 17-10 overall and 6-7 in the WAC. This will not be an easy game as they are 12-1 at home this year.

    After today's game the team will leave Boise on a 6:55 a.m. to Seattle and then after the the layover fly to Fresno and get home around Noon.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 26, 2010
    10:30 a.m.

    Tales of a Bus Driver- Louisiana Tech

    Jimmie Dupri has driven the Bulldogs at Louisiana Tech for the last three years.


    RUSTON, La.- In the last four years Jimmie Dupri has driven a group of Cowboys fans to the Superdome to watch the Cowboys and Saints play, taken school groups to various places around the state of Louisiana, taken tour groups to places like Niagara Falls and Las Vegas and driven sports teams around to various places for games.

    The Fresno State women's basketball team is one of those team's Dupri has driven for the last three years when the Dogs have played at Louisiana Tech. In each of those three years the Bulldogs have come away with victories in Ruston. Prior to that Fresno State had never won at Louisiana Tech.

    Dupri said each year he has looked forward to driving the Bulldogs around and that they are one of his favorite teams to drive.

    "They are the best group I have had," Dupri said. "They are all so polite and thanking me every time I take them somewhere. They don't always do that. Everybody is real outgoing, friendly, polite and respectful. They are the kind of people I like to drive around."

    Dupri originally wasn't interested in driving people around on a bus as he was in a supervisor position in the Alexandria, Louisiana school system for 33 years. But after retiring Dupri had the itch to travel and see more of the United States. One day he had a conversation with the head of Salter Trailways Bus Company and after a 15 minute meeting Dupri was asked when he could start.

    The rest is history and Dupri has been able to do just what he has wanted to do and see the United States. His favorite trip was a two-week tour group he took to Niagara Falls and Omish Country back East. During the trip Dupri and the rest of the tour group ate dinner in an Omish home.

    Like most drivers, they also have the trips they can't wait for them to end and for Dupri that happened when he took a bunch of schools kids to Baton Rouge to see the old governor's mansion and a museum along the Mississippi River. The trip didn't last long as the school kids got kicked out of the governor's mansion 10 minutes into the tour and they were told they weren't allowed in the museum. Then on the way back to Alexandria, La., Dupri had to stop the bus and tell everybody he is not going anywhere until they settle down.

    But fortunately there are more memorable trips than ones like mentioned above. Trips to Savannah, Georgia, Washington D.C. and to the Superdome to watch the Cowboys beat the Saints this year are all some of Dupri's favorite stops.

    "I've enjoyed this," Dupri said on driving. "If it gets to be drudgery I can just retire. So far everything has been good. I enjoy the work and meeting people."

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 26, 2010
    10:11 a.m.

    A Look Back at La Tech and Look to Boise

    The Dogs showed their toughness and grit in Wednesday's overtime when at Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs can now call themselves WAC champs outright with a perfect 14-0 record in league and a 23-5 mark overall. The team has won a school record 15-straight games. For the pass list the team had Wayne Newton and Ellen Degeneres. Ellen was born in Louisiana so we decided to put her on the list. NBA great Karl Malone was in attendance at the game. Since retiring from the NBA he has made his home in Ruston and works with the men's basketball program.

    Yesterday the team had a long day of travel to get to Boise. We flew out of Shreveport at 10 a.m. and headed to Dallas. After about an hour layover in Dallas. We then had a four hour flight to Seattle where we had a little over an hour layover before finally landing in Boise a little after 7 p.m.

    All the bags somehow made it to Boise just fine but mine. Fortunately I just got a phone call saying my bag made it to Boise and I should have it in 20 minutes. Coach Adrian Wiggins stayed in the Dallas area yesterday to do a little recruiting. He arrives in Boise around 3 p.m. this afternoon, just in time for the 5 p.m. practice at Taco Bell Arena. The team is going to eat lunch around 11 this morning and then catch a movie yet to be determined.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 7, 2010
    12:11 a.m.

    Recapping Saturday

    President Obama, Wayne Newton and Dwayne "Dog" Chapman missed an entertaining basketball. The game was physical and at time emotions ran high. But in the end the Bulldogs stayed level headed to defeat the Rainbow Wahine, 78-69 on Saturday evening. Fresno State is now 18-5 and 9-0 in WAC. One thing coach Wiggins continues to teach his team everyday is that because we are in first place, teams are going to come at us with their best shot and we have to be prepared each game to come back with our best shot.

    Part of the post game talk in the locker room was stressing the importance of working even harder in practice to be prepared for round two of conference play. The team will arrive back in Fresno near Midnight on Sunday and then have two days to prepare for Idaho on Wednesday. The Vandals are 3-5 in conference but they never get blown away by teams. In Moscow, the Bulldogs rallied to beat Idaho, 72-64. The team will eat breakfast at Dukes Sunday morning at 10:30 and then head to the airport a little after Noon.

    Check the game story from Saturday's game to see a photo gallery of the team's trip and stay tuned to gobulldogs.com in the next day to find out what former Bulldog Arrita Lane is doing these days.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 6, 2010
    4:11 p.m.

    Today's Celebrities

    The team is at the arena and warming up for tonight's game that will be seen on television back in Fresno. As is tradition, the team puts famous celebrities on the pass list. Today's celebrities are President Barack Obama, Wayne Newton and Dwayne "Dog" Chapman. Wayne Newton is a fixture on every pass list on road WAC games and for some reason President Obama showed up we wanted to make sure he was taken care of. Dwayne Chapman is the star of Dog the Bounty Hunter that is filmed here in Hawai'i.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 5, 2010
    3:30 p.m.

    Aloha<

    After a little over 24 hours in Hawai'i the team has the rest of the afternoon to hang out on the beach, shop or do whatever else they desire before meeting back for dinner at 7:45 p.m. The trip has gone pretty smooth. During the trip over in our layover at LAX several members of the team saw former talk-show host Ricki Lake. They were able to get a good picture with her.

    We practiced last night from 5-6:30 and then went to dinner. It was a long travel day since our day started by meeting at the school at 4:30 a.m. for a 6 a.m. flight to LA. By the time we finished dinner and got back to the hotel it was almost 10 and I headed straight to bed. This morning I went with Amy Parrish, Mandy Hill and Bailey Amundsen on a walk/run/hike to Diamond Head. It has a great view of the Waikiki area once you get to the top. It was fun but we are all very sore after doing that.

    We are breakfast at Dukes and then we had two hours before we practice from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Now it is free time. Former Bulldog star Aritta Lane is expected to join us for dinner tonight. It is always fun to see former players. Tomorrow is gameday and don't forget to watch the game on KSEE 24 Weather Plus channel.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 3, 2010
    10:30 a.m.

    Moments from Practice<

    The month of February is Black History month and during the course of the month coach Adrian Wiggins will take time to teach his team about the importance African Americans have had in society. Before practice today he shared some thoughts from former Dogs Veronica Mack, Brittani Green, Erica Henry and LaToya Brown on their favorite moments. Mack and Green both said seeing President Obama become President of the United State was a great moment from them. Green added that it was a cool experience to go with her dad to her the President speak and to see people of all races their for the same purpose.

    LaToya Brown shared a fun moment where on a road trip last year her teammates were mad at her the entire time because she was trying to talk like Martin Luther King Junior. The team will have many more lessons during this month about Black History month and the role African-Americans have had on society. In general, everybody talked about moments that are happening now. Wiggins reminded the team that it is very cool to be a part of history like we are now.

    Also, during practice the team has started practice by playing knock out. The purpose of the game is because coach Wiggins just wants to see his team compete. Jeanna Furst has made the final two the last two days but Marnique Arnold won yesterday and Emma Andrews won the contest today.

    Today is the last practice in Fresno before the team heads to Hawai'i early tomorrow morning.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Feb. 1, 2010
    12:30 p.m.

    Tales of a Bus Driver- San Jose State

    Larry Brandt has driven the Fresno State men's and women's basketball teams for four years.


    Larry Brandt has been driving buses for Classic Charter for seven years and four of those have been driving the Fresno State men's and women's basketball team's around.

    "I like the basketball games I get to see" Brandt said. "I am usually working when the team has home games so the road games are all I usually get to see but I have been to a few home games this year. Both the men's and women's players and coaches are well-behaved and easy to drive. I have never had any problems."

    This is the fourth year Brandt has driven the men and the women's team jumped aboard this season. He has also driven the Bulldog swimming and diving team this season.

    "They are easy people to work with," Brandt said. "It makes my job easy so I try to make things good for them too."

    Brandt was the driver for the teams' trip to San Jose State on Saturday and he was in the stands during the game cheering for the Bulldogs in their 68-31 victory over the Spartans. When he picks teams up and on the game day he will always be seen wearing his red Fresno State tie.

    Brandt, who is from Kingsburg, worked as a farm manager for 30-years before he started driving charter buses for Classic Charter.

    "One day I decided I needed to do something less stressful and bus driving came to mind," Brandt said. "It took two years to make the change. I enjoyed farming. It was fun and challenging but very stressful."

    Brandt has two sons who graduated from Fresno State and he has had many highlights since he started driving buses.

    "One of the highlights was driving a group of German tourists around the sights of California," Brandt said. "I took them to places like Yosemite, San Francisco and Monterrey."

    Brandt has taken school kids to places like Riley Farms for a field trip about events that took place in the Revolutionary War, driven high school teams to games and seen parts of California he never got to see while he was farming.

    Brandt is done driving the women's team this year but he still has two bus trips where he will take the men to Nevada and San Jose State this month.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 30, 2010
    5:30 p.m.

    San Jose State or Bust

    The Bulldogs are less than hour from tip off here at the Events Center. This is always one trip that the Bulldogs make up and back in a day. The team shot around at the North Gym from 11-12 and then boarded the bus at 12:30 p.m. to head to San Jose. We ate pregame meal at Chili's in Gilroy before finishing the rest of the trip to the arena. We got here at 4:45 p.m. and coach Frank took the team on a 15-minute walk around campus before walking into the arena at 5:15 p.m.

    There is always a good contingent of Bulldog fans here at this game, especially with Marnique Arnold and Jaleesa Ross being from near by Pinole. Several Bulldog supporters also made the trip. Half the fans in this place are usually Fresno State fans.

    It is also 'Family Day' on the bus as coach Wiggins and Parrish brought their sons and I brought my wife and daughter. Stay tuned to Bulldog Insider tomorrow as KSEE 24's Ralph Gaston is traveling with the team doing an All-Access with the Bulldogs. The show airs tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. 1430 ESPN Radio personality is also on the bus as he is preparing to call tonight's game.

    Today is also Ali Drennan's birthday. While we were at Chili's the team sang Happy Birthday to her.

    A few notes on tonight's game. Despite being 5-14, you can not take San Jose State lightly as the Spartans won at No. 22 Cal early in the season 68-66. Fresno State has won eight straight games and is one win away from tying the school record for for consecutive wins with nine.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 22, 2010
    3:53 p.m.

    Back Home in Fresno

    The team is back in Fresno. After a great win at Reno last night the Bulldogs remain in first place in the WAC at 5-0 and host Louisiana Tech on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Lady Techsters are 3-1 in WAC and 12-4 overall. The team left their hotel, the Grand Sierra, at 5:10 a.m. this morning for the Reno Airport. We left on a flight at 6:55 a.m. for San Jose and arrived a little after 8. We then got our luggage and boarded a bus back to Fresno. The fun part about the bus was that it was the same bus we had window problems on the way to San Jose. Our bus driver never went home and just stayed in San Jose for a day instead of driving back to Fresno. It gave us all a good laugh when we got on the bus and saw our tape job we did with the window.

    We got back to the North Gym at Noon. Some players had classes and the team will practice for a little over an hour at 5 p.m. tonight at the Save Mart Center in preparation for tomorrow's game.

    It was good that we changed our travel plans at the last second to get to the game. We may have not even made it to Reno if we had tried to bus. The Sierra's got several feet of snow and the only way cars were getting through was with chains. In Reno it was in the low 30's and snowy the whole time we were there. Since the travel plans were changed at the last minute, the team traveled in three mini vans for the trip. The freshmen were in one van, the juniors in another and the seniors in the third van.

    The Grand Sierra Hotel was one my favorite we have stayed in terms of the quality of the beds. They were extremely comfortable. When the team comes back to Reno for the WAC tournament they will have to stay at the Silver Legacy again.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 20, 2010
    11:35 p.m.

    Bulldog Coaches Keep Window from Falling Off Bus

    Adrian Wiggins and Amy Parrish hold the window of the bus with athletic tape and the shoe laces of Amy Parrish.


    RENO, Nev.- Sometimes mother nature can force you to change your plans at the spur of the moment. That was the case for the Fresno State women's basketball in preparing for its trip to play at Nevada on Thursday evening.

    The Bulldogs normally bus five hours to Reno for competition but the snow that has hit the Sierra's forced the Bulldogs to bus to San Jose and then fly to Reno. The team left the North Gym close to 10 a.m. this morning but then about 30 miles from Los Banos, coach Adrian Wiggins woke me up from a nap saying "I wouldn't lean back."

    I look back and the window by me came unglued and was coming loose. Five minutes later the window was about ready to fall off. We quickly pulled off to the side of the road to prevent the window from falling. A big reason the window came unglued was because of the heavy winds that were along the 152 and on way to Los Banos.

    With a window that was about to fall off, the Bulldog coaches and trainer Mandy Hill then got creative to keep the window up and the bus moving. Hill grabbed her athletic tape and coach Amy Parrish pulled her shoelaces out of her shoes and then they wrapped the tape and the laces around the top corner of the window and then tied it inside the bus on a seat.

    The plan worked short term as coach Wiggins held one end of the tape and myself, coach Parrish, Bailey Amundsen and the wife of the bus driver held the other end for 17 miles until we got in Los Banos.

    Right when we pulled into Los Banos, there was a truck service stop where we pulled out got a ladder and duck tape where our drive Larry Bryant taped the outside of the window with duck tape. While that was happening Parrish and Hill were inside securing the window with more athletic tape.

    We still ended up making it to the airport and made our flight without any problem. The team did have some turbulence in the air getting to Reno, though.

    Adrian Wiggins holds the ladder for Larry Bryant who is putting duck tape around the window.


    The Bulldog coaches put athletic tape around the window to hold to keep it from falling off.


    The bus window is getting fixed so the Dogs can make it to the San Jose airport.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 15, 2010
    9:15 a.m.

    Tales of a Bus Driver- New Mexico State

    Mike Maldonado drove the Fresno State women's basketball team around during its stay in Las Cruces.


    LAS CRUCES, N.M.- Mike Maldonado has seen just about everything in his 27 years as a bus driver. He has driven tours across country and taken teams to and from their games at UTEP and New Mexico State.

    Maldonado picked the Bulldog women's basketball team up at the El Paso Airport and was the teams' driver during Fresno State's stay in Las Cruces where they beat New Mexico State, 77-67 on Wednesday.

    This wasn't the first time Maldonado, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, had driven the Bulldog women's team. He has a fond memory of driving former Bulldog coach Britt King's teams around to New Mexico State. When he took the team back to El Paso after a game she said she wanted to go eat enchiladas after the team was in their rooms.

    "She said give me 35-40 minutes and I will be out," Maldonado said. "She was real nice. I really remember her. She ate the hot enchiladas."

    Before Maldonado got into driving buses for the El Paso-LA Limo Express he worked for the city transit for three years. He felt like a change, made it and now he is in his 27th year with the bus company. He has driven 14 tour groups across country and he says he has been to every state in the United States. The tour groups he has taken the elderly on have been fun for him because he says they are easier to manage.

    His worst experience driving a sports team was when he drove the Toronto Raptors for an exhibition event several years ago.

    "It was horrible," Maldonado said. "I needed to get a signature from the coach at the end of the trip and the guy in charge of the travel said you don't ask the coaching for nothing, not even tickets. All my experiences have been good but for that."

    Maldonado drove the Oklahoma football team around this football season during the Sun Bowl. He says he always cheers for the team he is driving around.

    Through all his travels Maldonado said there is never a dull moment.

    "From driving in the snow, hot and cold, everything is fun," he said.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 13, 2010
    6:55 p.m.

    Today's Celebrities

    Today's celebrity on the pass list is Julia Roberts who lives in New Mexico. Wayne Newton is also on the list like he will be for every women's road WAC game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 12, 2010
    7:30 p.m.

    Hotel Encanto

    The favorite hotel for the women's basketball team amongst all the cities in the WAC is the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico. As Brittny Jones and Hayley Munro walked into the hotel they said this is my favorite hotel. They all love the comfort of the beds and they all said they like the way hotel is decorated. Munro said that she thought the hotel just looked very nice.

    The coaches all feel the same way too about the Encanto. Coach Frank says it is his favorite and coach Wiggins said the hotel brings back a lot of memories. We stayed at the Encanto when Hayley Munro hit her 64 footer, also known as Hayley's Comet, in overtime to give the Bulldogs the win over New Mexico State. We stayed at the Encanto when the team won the 2007-08 WAC Tournament. Wiggins agreed that the Encanto was nice but quickly added that the Princess Kaiulani in Hawai'i was his favorite because that is where he stayed on his honeymoon when he got married. That is also where the team stays when they play at the University of Hawai'i.

    I am a fan of the Encanto myself. Not only are the beds comfortable but it is a very nice hotel that is well-kept up and extremely clean. It is also a plus that the wireless Internet is free.

    The Bulldogs have stayed at the Hotel Encanto for the last three years but they haven't always had success when staying at the hotel as the Dogs lost to New Mexico State, 80-74, last year in Las Cruces. What will happen this year. Tune into 790 ESPN Radio to find out how the game turns out tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

    Here is the link for the hotel's website. http://hhandr.com/encanto.php?src=gl_encanto

    The Encanto is right across the street from Farley's, the place where the team usually eats the night before the game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 12, 2010
    6:55 p.m.

    The arrival to Las Cruces

    Another early morning came today as we left Fresno for El Paso at 6:30 a.m. and arrived in El Paso a little before Noon. We had a short layover in Phoenix before getting to El Paso. We then bused the 45 minutes to Las Cruces with a stop at Subway for lunch. Once we got to the hotel we had a good break in the afternoon to relax before we left for practice. I had a lot of work to do while the players all relaxed.

    Tomorrow night is a big game as New Mexico State is 12-4 and 2-0 in WAC while we are 11-5 and 2-0 in conference. Stay tuned tomorrow to find out which celebrity will be on the Bulldogs pass list for tomorrow's game and to find out the latest in Tales of a Bus Driver. To give you a sneak preview, our driver has found memories of having dinner with a former Bulldog coach. Later tonight I will also write a little more about why the Hotel Encanto is the favorite hotel in the WAC for most of the Bulldog women's basketball team.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 9, 2010
    9:55 p.m.

    Several Hours After the Big Win

    It was a thrilling win for the Bulldogs and impressive basketball they played in the final 10 minutes. What made the win even more impressive is that coach Adrian Wiggins let his team play and they figured out what they needed to do. That moment came with about 12 minutes left in the game when Wiggins said to his team that they needed to figure out what they wanted to do and just do it. He then walked out of the huddle. Wiggins said it was one of his most proudest moments as a coach because he saw his team take ownership and he really didn't say very much in the final 10 minutes of the game. The end result was a 30-11 run for the Bulldogs to end the game after trailing 53-42 with 10 minutes left in the contest.

    Idaho is a tough 2-12 team and I think they are going to win its fair share of WAC games. They always seem to play their best games against the Bulldogs as they were the only team to sweep Fresno State last season. Another lesson Wiggins reminded his team of in the locker room is that being the defending conference champion means they are going to get the best shot from each WAC opponent. Fresno State has to play 40 good minutes in order to not have a let down.

    Following the win Fresno State had dinner at Wingers and watched some of the Cowboys and Eagles NFL playoff game. The team had some down time before having to be in their rooms by 10 p.m. It is an early morning tomorrow at we leave the hotel at 5:15 a.m. and fly out of Pullman at 6:45 a.m. We have a little over an hour layover in Seattle before we arrive in Fresno at 11:30 a.m. Our time in Fresno will be short lived as we leave again Tuesday morning at 4:45 a.m. to go to Las Cruces for a big game at New Mexico State. The Aggies have a very good and tough basketball. They are 2-0 in WAC and are one of the favorites to win the league in my opinion.

    Fans can listen to the game live on 790 ESPN Radio. Fresno State then returns home to host Utah State on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 9, 2010
    4:45 p.m.

    Bulldogs Rally For Big Win

    After trailing 53-42 with 10:19 left in the game the Bulldogs out scored Idaho 30-11 over the remaining minutes to win 72-64.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 9, 2010
    4:30 p.m.

    Bulldogs Take the Lead

    Fresno State has picked up the defensive pressure and lead 62-57 with 3:50 left in the game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 9, 2010
    4:25 p.m.

    Bulldogs Making a Rally

    The Bulldogs are on a run as they are within one at 53-52 with 7:28 left in the game after a Hayley Munro 3-pointer.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 9, 2010
    4:10 p.m.

    Bulldogs Playing From Behind

    Idaho leads Fresno State 47-40 with 11:34 left in the game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 9, 2010
    4:02 p.m.

    Strong Start For Idaho in the Second Half

    There were five ties and four lead changes in the first half but Idaho has gotten off to the strong start in the second half as it leads 40-32 with 16:09 remaining in the game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 9, 2010
    4:02 p.m.

    Strong Start For Idaho in the Second Half

    There were five ties and four lead changes in the first half but Idaho has gotten off to the strong start in the second half as it leads 40-32 with 16:09 remaining in the game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 9, 2010
    4:00 p.m.

    At the Half in Moscow

    At halftime in Moscow, the Bulldogs trail 32-30. It has been a fairly back and forth game in the first 20 minutes. Idaho led 12-5 early but the Bulldogs slowly chipped away to get back in the game. Fresno State took its first lead at 24-23 on a Hayley Munro 3-pointer with 7:24 left in the half. Idaho has switched its defenses up on nearly every possession going zone and then man.

    Idaho has also tried to slow down the pace of the game by slowly walking the ball up the floor. Fresno State has pressed at times and were more actively defensively as the half wore on.

    Fresno State is shooting 41 percent from the field while Idaho is shooting 44.8 percent. Fresno State has 18 rebounds to Idaho's 17. Joh-Teena Filipe has seven points to lead the Dogs in scoring while Rosie Moult has six points.

    We will see what the second half brings. One thing is for certain after 20 minutes of play and that is Idaho should be competitive in the WAC.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    January 8, 2010
    9:59 p.m.

    Life in Moscow, Idaho

    We left Fresno Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for Seattle where we had a little over an hour layover. During that time the team was able to see bits and pieces of the BCS National Championship game. During our time in Seattle we were able to see the last four minutes of the title game. We then flew from Seattle to Pullman where we landed at 11:15 p.m. Pullman is a very small airport where you are practically the baggage claim. We met our bus driver a little after 11:30. Our drivers names are Jim and Russ. Stay tuned to gobulldogs.com for a blog called Through the Eyes of the Bus Driver. I spent time with Jim during today's practice and he had many nice things to say about coach Adrian Wiggins team.

    Today was a pretty low key day. We ate breakfast at nine and lunch at 12 p.m. at Quiznos. We stayed at the hotel until we left for practice at 3:45 p.m. Practice went until 6 p.m. where we then headed to Wingers for dinner. While eating dinner coach Wiggins passed the basketball clipboard around to players and had them draw plays to see if they understood them. Every player did very well.

    The coaches are currently in coach Wiggins room watching film. Tomorrow is an early morning as the team has shoot around at 8 a.m. and pregame meal at 9:30 a.m. The tip off again Idaho is set for 3 p.m. and it will be an intense game despite their 2-11 record because Idaho swept us last year. Nothing comes easy on the road.

    We are scheduled to fly out of Pullman at 6 a.m. to Seattle and we arrive back in Fresno at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The Dogs will be home Sunday and Monday before leaving Tuesday at 4:45 a.m. to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

    It is bitterly cold here in Moscow. The temperature was no higher than 30 degrees and with a little wind it felt much colder. It makes me grateful for the 40 degree weather we have in Fresno.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Dec. 20, 2009
    9:00 a.m.

    Early Morning Game is getting close to starting

    The Fresno State women's basketball team had a 6:30 a.m. wake up call for pregame meal and then left at 8:20 a.m. and headed to the arena for the 10 a.m. tip off against No. 23 West Virginia. The team will leave right after the game and head to Pittsburgh. The early morning is nothing new to the team as they typically practice at 10 a.m. at home and they occasionally have had practices earlier. Last night the team all ate dinner in coach Wiggins room and watched a little film before going to bed.

    West Virginia and Fresno State met last year on Dec. 20 back in Fresno. The Mountaineers came away with a 68-63 victory. In Friday's paper, WVU coach Mike Carey said that game was probably the best his team played offensively last year. He gave the Bulldogs a lot of credit saying his team needs to play a good team like Fresno State before Big East play starts. He added that he was concerned about the Dogs ability to make plays in transition.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Dec. 19, 2009
    7:39 p.m.

    Hayley Munro takes a picture of the snow falling on the way into shoot around Saturday morning.


    Game Postponed to Sunday morning

    Tonight's game has been postponed to the heavy snowfall that hit Morgantown, West Virginia today. This morning the governor declared the state in a state of emergency and because of that the university told athletic department officials that the game couldn't be played today. Both schools agreed to play at 10 a.m. eastern time Sunday morning. This will allow the team to still catch their flight back home Sunday evening. The team is scheduled to fly home out of Pittsburgh at 5 p.m. Sunday evening and land in Fresno at 9:30 p.m. that evening.

     

     

     

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Dec. 19, 2009
    11:00 a.m.

    Waking up to Snow

    This was the view of the snow the team saw while getting breakfast in coach Parrish's room.


    Friday night we were told that Morgantown would get 6 to 10 inches of snow during the night. When we woke up in the morning the snow was there and the weather forecasters were right. Myself along with the coaches were fortunate to see each players reaction as they realized it was snowing outside.

    The night before coach Amy Parrish goes and buys groceries for breakfast where the team will eat in her room the next morning. All the coaches were there before the players so when they arrived the windows were open and the first thing coach Adrian Wiggins told his players was to look out the windows. The best reaction came from Jeanna Furst, who hadn't seen snow since she was four years old. When she walked in the room she became very excited and she had a big grin on her face as she looked out the window. Furst's reaction was the one everybody was waiting for since we all knew she doesn't see snow living in Phoenix, Arizona.

    When Jaleesa Ross looked out the window she said this was only the second time she had ever seen snow fall on the ground. Another fun reaction came from Joh-Teena Filipe, who was raised in the snow in Salt Lake City, Utah. She told everybody that her mom made her walk in the snow and right when she said that coach Brett Frank jumped in and said " walk both ways up hill." It gave everybody a good laugh.

    Emma Andrews was the first player that walked in for breakfast and she got a big smile on her face as she walked to the window. As the players were getting breakfast and looking out the window, coach Wiggins joked that the team was going to make snow angels today.

    The team leaves for shoot around at 12:15 p.m. We shoot around from 12:45-1:45 and then head straight to pregame meal at Chili's. We will leave for the arena to the game around 5 p.m. Bulldog fans can listen to the game live on 790 ESPN Radio, the Deuce.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

     

    Bulldog Blog
    Dec. 19, 2009
    10:00 a.m.

    Arriving to West Virginia

    These signs were hanging in the Waterfront Place Hotel when the team arrived Friday afternoon.


    After over 12 hours of travel we finally arrived to Morgantown, West Virginia about 11 a.m. Friday morning. The trip started Thursday evening at 5 p.m. when we left Fresno on a bus for LAX Airport. We felt out of LAX at 11 p.m. and headed to Cleveland where we arrived a little after 6:30 a.m. As we were waiting at LAX coach Amy Parrish thought she saw Macy Gray waiting to catch the same flight.

    The coaches and team all devised a plan to start singing one of her songs as we walked by her but that plan fell through as she was sitting in first class. The plane took off from Cleveland at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning and we arrived in Pittsburgh an hour later. The bus ride to Morgantown was an hour and a half where we straight to lunch before checking into the Waterfront Place Hotel around 12:30 p.m.

    The team was able to get a two hour nap in before heading to practice at the West Virginia Colisieum 3 p.m. They had a good two hour practice and then went to dinner at Cracker Barrell right after. After dinner it was back to the hotel for a good nights sleep. Let me say it was much needed sleep.

     

     

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Dec. 5, 2009
    1:25 p.m.

    Ready for LMU
    The road trip is nearly over as the Bulldogs are close to 30 minutes away from tip off against Loyola Marymount. Both teams come into today's game with a 4-3 record. After Fresno State's 63-60 win at UC Irvine the team arrived at the Crowne Plaza at LAX around 11 p.m. Thursday evening.

    Yesterday was a relaxing day for the team. The bus dropped the team off at 11 a.m. in area where there are a lot of restaurants. I ate at Tower Pizza with coach Frank and Wiggins and downed a medium Hawaiian pizza. Later that night the team ate at Saddle Ranch in Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. It was a fun atmosphere for the team. As the team was waiting to get into the restaurant, many of the players admired a nice Rolls Royce in the parking lot.

    This morning the team boarded the bus at 7:30 a.m. and headed to shoot around at the Loyola Marymount campus. After the hour shoot around the team ate pregame meal at IHOP before going back to the hotel to get ready for the game. We boarded the bus at 12:35 and arrived at the Gersten Pavilion around 1 in preparation for the game.

    This gym has a lot of history as when I think of Loyola Marymount I think of Bo Kimble and Hank Gaithers playing here.

    A note on today's game, Jaleesa Ross will where No. 20 for today's game as her No. 4 jersey is ripped and coach Adrian Wiggins is going for his 100th win at Fresno State today.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Dec. 3, 2009
    7:48 p.m.

    Down at Halftime
    The Bulldogs have gone cold in the last eight minutes of the first half as they only hit one field goal and now trail 28-27 at halftime. The Bulldogs are shooting 24 percent from the field and have hit only 8 of 33 field goal attempts while UC Irvine is shooting 52 percent from the field (11-21). Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Dec. 3, 2009
    6:35 p.m.

    Ready for Irvine
    We are less than 30 minutes away from game time at UC Irvine. This road trip in Southern California is the end of tough stretch to start the season as the Bulldogs will have played seven of their first eight games on the road to start the year. The only home game the Dogs have had was Nov. 22 against Saint Mary's. The team left the North Gym at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon and arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Irvine around 5:30 p.m.

    The team then ate dinner at Pat and Oscar's at 7 p.m. While we were eating dinner the USA men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon and his wife Elisabeth. For those of you that remember the Olympics in China, McCutcheon helped guide the men's volleyball program to a gold medal but it was also at the beginning of the Olympics when his father-in-law Todd Bachman was killed while visiting the Drum Tower in Beijing after the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

    This morning coach Frank took the team on a morning walk as the morning was rather low-key until we left for shoot around at 12:30. After shoot around we headed straight to Chili's for pregame meal and then we had an hour or so to get ready before the bus left for the Bren Center at 5:30 p.m. UC Irvine is 1-5 but their only win is against a 4-3 Loyola Marymount team, a team the Bulldogs play on Saturday afternoon. Irvine does not average alot of people as against South Florida the announced attendance at the game was only 76. There is currently more band members then people in the stands. Fresno State is currently has the second best attendance out of all 23 Division I schools, behind Stanford.

    Following tonight's game, the team will bus to the Crowne Plaza at LAX airport and spend Friday preparing for LMU.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Nov. 28, 2009
    9:25 p.m.

    Bulldogs Defeat Hampton
    Jaleesa Ross moved into eighth place on the WAC career Top 10 list for 3-pointers made in Saturday's 66-54 win over Hampton. Ross hit six 3-pointers and has now hit 207 in her career. She needs two 3-pointers to move into seventh place and pass Amy Billhymer's 208 from UTEP in 1993-97. Ross needs 16 to catch former Bulldog Staci Oddo to move into second place on Fresno State's Top 10 list for 3-pointers made and into sixth place on the WAC list. She averaged 27 points in two games this weekend and hit 12 3-pointers in the two games.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Nov. 28, 2009
    4:25 p.m.

    Jaleesa Ross is breaking school and WAC records.


    Ross Breaking Records
    Jaleesa Ross became only the third Bulldog women's basketball player since 2003 to score 30 or more points in game on Friday night as she had 33 points against Boston College. Chantella Perera had 33 points on January 25, 2007 and Aritta Lane had 31 points in February of 2005 against Louisiana Tech. Ross continues to climb the 3-point record books as she has hit 201 3-pointers in her two plus years as a Bulldog. She needs 22 to pass Staci Oddo (1993-96) and move into second place on the Bulldog career list for 3-pointers made.

    She also needs 22 points to surpass the 1,000 point mark for her career. She currently has 979 points and is averaging 13.8 points for her career. Ross also ranks 10th on the WAC career Top 10 list for 3-pointers made and she needs only four more to move into ninth place and six to move into eighth place.

    In other notes, Fresno State has hit a 3-pointer in 69 straight games and it has hit a 10 3-pointers or more in 33 games dating back to the 2007-08 season. Fresno State coach Adrian Wiggins is three wins away from his 100th win at Fresno State.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Nov. 28, 2009
    4:15 p.m.

    Less Than An Hour Until Tip With Hampton
    The Bulldogs are on the floor warming up for their game with Hampton. When I think of Hampton I think of the men's basketball team that was a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament and upset No. 2 seeded Iowa State with Marcus Fizer in the first round that was played in Boise. Hayley Munro will not play today as she is sitting out with a sore knee. In Emma Andrew's first two games back she is averaging 15 points a game and shooting 50 percent from the field.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Nov. 28, 2009
    1:40 p.m.

    Back From Pregame
    The team just got back from pregame meal at Applebees. It has always been one of my favorite places to eat. The Dogs had a good shoot around and really focused on blocking out and rebounding during the hour practice. We will head over to the arena at 3:35 for a 5 p.m. Central Time game against Hampton University from Virginia. Hampton put up a good fight against SMU as they lost 84-71. There was a point in the game where Hampton trailed by 28 and then a press brought the Pirates back into the game.

    Following tonights game Fresno State will return to Fresno tomorrow afternoon and be home Monday and Tuesday before heading back on the road for games at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount next week. It is a tough stretch to start the season with seven of eight games on the road.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    Nov. 27, 2009
    4:40 p.m.

    Turkey Day is Over....It's Game Time

    The Fresno State women's basketball team celebrates Thanksgiving at the parents of assistant coach Brett Frank.


    We are 30 minutes away from tip off as the Bulldogs and Boston College are about ready to begin the SMU Hoops For the Cure Tournament. The team had a great turkey day yesterday. They left the hotel at 8 a.m. and headed to Southeastern Oklahoma State where they practiced for almost two hours at the alma mater of Brett Frank and Sadiaa Jones. The team then headed to the parents of coach Frank who hosted Thanksgiving dinner in Durrant, Oklahoma. With all the family of coach Frank's in attendance there were 85 people at the feast. Coach Frank said after wards that there were people from as far as Maryland come for the holiday celebration.

    The team got back back to the hotel around 5 p.m. and then practiced for an hour at SMU's Moody Coliseum. For some the Thanksgiving holiday was their first time away from family and for others like LaShay Fears, she has not had Thanksgiving dinner with her family in five years.

    When Fresno State plays in the Dallas area they always have a strong contingent of people at the games. Coach Frank will have close to 18 family and friends at the game. Senior Ashley Walker is from the Arlington area and Kayla Sanders is also in attendance at the game. She was a freshman with the Bulldogs last year but was not able to play due to back injuries. She is back home in the Austin area now. Also, expected to be here is former Bulldog assistant coach Kelsi Bond and former Bulldog player Cophie Moore. Moore is Kelsi Bond's assistant at Southwestern Oklahoma State. Brittani Green has also showed up at these games in past years.

    A big key to watch out for in tonight's game is how will Fresno State handle the height of Boston College. The Eagles have a 6-6 junior in Carolyn Swords and they have four other players over the height of six feet.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    July 27, 2009
    12:05 p.m.

    Jaleesa Ross Featured in Slam Magazine Online
    Slam Magazine has been a popular basketball magazine for many years. As a kid I remember purchasing the latest edition. I always cut out pictures and hung them on the wall in my bedroom. In a recent edition, Fresno State junior Jaleesa Ross was featured in the section "Picture Me Ballin" section by Tzvi Twersky. The thought behind the article is to let people know of names that they might not have heard of. On Ross, Twersky said, "First-Team All-WAC performer, Ross just led the Bulldogs to their second straight NCAA Tourney. The 5-8 rising junior, a superb shooter, connected on 41 percent of her trey attempts. The consistent Ross averaged 13.7 ppg and made at least one three in all but one game. The two-time WAC Tournament MVP also displays great hustle and tenacity, using effort to track down 4.6 rpg.

    To view the entire story CLICK HERE.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    April 2, 2009
    3:16 p.m.

    Kelsi Bond Leaving for Southwestern Oklahoma State
    When teams have success it usually means good opportunities are in store for coaches. Such is the case with Kelsi Bond who has accepted the head coaching position at Southwestern Oklahoma State, a Division II school in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Congratulations to Bond are in store. She has been a big part of the growth of the women's basketball team since she has been at Fresno State from 2002-04 and 2006 to 2008. Southwestern Oklahoma State is also just 45 miles from where Bond is from in Canton. Tonight is also the end of the year banquet for the women's basketball team. It was a historic season and it will be fun to look back on the season and the accomplishments. Stay tuned to see which players get certain awards.

    Steve Weakland
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sweaklan@csufresno.edu

    Bulldog Blog
    March 21, 2009
    6:36 p.m.

    Ross on the Board
    Fresno State's leading scoring Jaleesa Ross, held scoreless in the first half, got on the board with 9:20 mark in the second half when she drained a three pointer.

    Ross in the two-time WAC Tournament MVP and has been Fresno State's leading scorer for the majority of the season at 13.8 points per game.

    Cal leads 50-33.

     

    Bulldog Blog
    March 21, 2009
    5:54 p.m.

    D-FENSE!
    In the five games entering the NCAA tournament, the Dogs had not allowed an opponent to score more than 54 points in a game.

    After one half of the NCAA tournament, the Fresno State defense has played well holding the Bears under their season average and to just 30 points. Cal leads 30-21.

    Cal entered the NCAA tournament averaging over 66 points per game and was shot better than 44% from the floor. Tonight, the Bears are hitting on 41% of their attempts.

    The Dogs, however, are shooting just 33% from the floor and made just 1-of-5 field goal attempts. Cal leads in rebounding 18-15 and the Dogs have one more turnover, 11-10, in a good basketball game.

     

    Bulldog Blog
    March 21, 2009
    5:39 p.m.

    Bailey Busts Out
    Bulldog Bailey Amundsen knocked down Fresno State's first three pointer of the game at 6:12 of the first half. She drilled one from the top of the key to pulled the Dogs to within six points, 24-18.

    Each team has eight turnovers in the game.

     

    Bulldog Blog
    March 21, 2009
    5:29 p.m.

    Threes Absent
    Cal, expected to play a zone defense, has been smothering the Dogs for most of the first half and limited the Bulldog's three point field goal opportunities.

    Fresno State came into the game leading the NCAA in three pint field goals per game at 9.5 per game, but have just two three point attempts through the first 11 minutes of the game.

    Rebounding was expected to be a key in the game and thus far the Bears and Dogs are tied at 10 each.

     

    Bulldog Blog
    March 21, 2009
    5:13p.m.

    Red Wave Takes over the Galen Center
    Bulldog fans came by the hundreds to support their team, easily outnumbering the fans from Cal during tonight's game.

    Fresno State's fans in their traditional red attire gave the team a nice reception and send-off to the game at 3:15 p.m. this afternoon from the team headquarters. The Bulldog band and spirit squad are adding to the atmosphere.

    The Dogs trail 8-5 at the first media timeout.

     

    Bulldog Blog
    March 21, 2009
    5:07p.m.

    What are the Odds?

    History is not a friend to the Bulldogs as No. 13 seeds are 5-55 all-time in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, but maybe there's some magic in the air because the last team to accomplish the feat was Marist in a win over Ohio State in 2007.

    Marist is playing in the Galen Center later tonight, taking on No. 5 seed Virginia in the second game. Let's hope some magic rubbed off on the Dogs!

    After a couple tipoff and clock issues, the game is underway.

     

    Bulldog Blog
    March 21, 2009
    5:03p.m.

     

    Bulldog Blog
    March 21, 2009
    5:03p.m.

    March Madness

    As we tip-off the 2009 NCAA Women's Basketball tournament game against at the Galen Center on the campus of USC, thanks go out to the hard-working NCAA and USC staffs for making the Bulldogs feel welcome.

    It's hard hosting an event when your school isn't competing, but the people at the Galen Center have been gracious and helpful.

    March Madness is here...enjoy the game!

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    March 20, 2008, 12:00 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    The Bulldogs Are Back
    Fresno State is back in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. This year the Bulldogs are fortunate enough to stay close to home and play at the Galen Center on the campus of USC. The Bulldogs arrived yesterday afternoon and ate dinner at Roscoes Chicken and Waffles. The team then walked around Hollywood Boulvard for an hour before heading back to the Wilshire Plaza. Today the team is scheduled to meet the media at 12:20 and then practice from 1:05-2:05 p.m.
    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    March 10, 2008, 6:15 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    It's Tourney Time
    It's time for the WAC Tournament. The women's team is the No. 1 seed in the women's bracket and plays the winner of the Hawai'i and San Jose State game that is being played right now. The team practiced at the North Gym from 8:30-9:30 before leaving on the bus at 11 a.m. We arrived at the Silver Legacy hotel a little after four and I headed out with the coaches to watch the play-in game. The Bulldogs had a tournament to remember last year and hopefully 2009 will bring the same excitement. Tip off for tomorrow's game is at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 24, 2008, 2:15 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Black History Month
    The month of February is Black History month and over the course of February coach Adrian Wiggins takes time to teach the team about the history African Americans have made in history. Today coach Wiggins taught his team about the impact black women have had in history. He asked the team at the end of practice what women they knew of who have made an impact in the business world. The players quickly said Oprah. He talked about a few of the women many people might not have heard of. One is Ursula Burns, the President of Xerox. Burns joined Xerox as a summer intern in 1980, and worked her way up at Xerox after obtaining a B.S. from Polytechnic Institute of New York and a Master's in Engineering from Columbia.

    Another woman Wiggins talked about was Tracey Travis, CFO & Senior VP of Finance Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. As CFO of the $3.3 billion apparel, accessories, and home furnishings company, Travis's work covers the fields of both finance and fashion. Appointed as CFO in 2005, she now oversees corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, treasury, and tax and corporate compliance. The fashion company includes Polo, Lauren, Ralph Lauren, Chaps, and Club Monaco brands and operates about 275 retail stores in the U.S. and 100 affiliates abroad. Travis is affiliated with the Finance Executives Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors. At Deutsche Bank's annual Women on Wall Street Conference in 2007, Travis spoke inspiringly to a crowd of over 2000 women about her experiences as a top woman in finance and offered advice to young women interested in pursuing a similar career path.

    Earlier in the month at practice Wiggins ended practice by having each player tell a fact they learned about blacks in society. While Black History Month is coming to a close this has been a month where the team has gained valuable insight to the history of black americans and many of the players have realized that they can make an impact in the world with an education just like these successful business women.

    To learn more about other successful African-American business women CLICK HERE.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 15, 2009, 3:45 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    It's a Final
    Fresno State wins 70-58 and remains in first place in the WAC.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 15, 2009, 3:28 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Leading by 15
    With 3:02 to play in the game Fresno State leads 68-53.

     

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 15, 2009, 3:16 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Extending the Lead
    Fresno State leads 61-51 with 7:24 to play in the game. Ashley Walker has come off the bench to score 10 points and grab four rebounds in the second half. Joh-Teena Filipe also has 11 points and three rebounds. The Bulldogs are out rebounding Boise State 37-27.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 15, 2009 3:09 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Hanging Onto the Lead
    Fresno State has extended its lead to 54-45 with 11:59 to play in the game. Jaleesa Ross has 22 points and his hit six 3-pointers. Boise State tied the game at 43 with 14:59 to play but the Dogs have since gone on a 9-2 run. Ross has 22 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 15, 2009 3:00 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    The Second Half is Underway
    With 15:56 to play in the game the Bulldogs lead 43-39. Jamia Malone has hit five 3-pointers for Boise State. Hayley Munro and Joh-Teena Filipe have scored baskets for the Bulldogs.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 15, 2009 2:40 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Nice Run to End the Half
    The Bulldogs lead 38-33 at halftime. After trailing 29-20 with 6:08 left in the half, the Bulldogs closed out the half on a 13-4 run to take the lead. Jaleesa Ross has 16 first half points and two steals. Hayley Munro has yet to score but she has grabbed seven rebounds. Bailey Amundsen has come off the bench to score seven points in 13 minutes of play. The Bulldogs are shooting 44 percent from the field while the Broncos are also shooting 44 percent. Fresno State is out rebounding Boise State 20-18. Both teams have seven turnovers. Amundsen also has five rebounds. The Bulldogs are 6-21 from 3-point line, with Ross hitting four. Boise State has a 15-game home win streak vs. WAC opponents.

     

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:56 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    We are Underway
    We have played just under five minutes and Boise State leads 10-9 with 14:49 to play in the first half. The Bulldogs trailed 10-5 early but Marnique Arnold and Bailey Amundsen have scored back-to-back buckets to cut the deficit to one. Both teams are 4-for-8 from the field.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 15, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    On To Boise
    The Bulldogs are set to tipoff against Boise State in less than five minutes. Because there is no other avenue to follow the game once again I will do my best to keep you updated on the game. The race for the WAC title is close as the Bulldogs are 8-3 while Idaho, Boise State and Nevada are both 7-3. Nevada is currently losing to Louisiana Tech 33-14 late in the first half. There is a change to the starting lineup for the first time this season as Joh-Teena Filipe will start in place of Bailey Amundsen.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    It's a Final
    Fresno State loses, 59-47. Check the game story shortly for more details.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    Need a Basket
    The Bulldogs have not scored a point since the 10:15 mark of the second half. They now trail 49-37 with 3:53 to play in the game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    WIthin Seven
    Fresno State trails 44-37 with 7:31 to play in the game. The Bulldogs are playing more competively and playing better defense. Hayley Munro has 10 points to lead the Bulldogs.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    Within Eight
    Fresno State trails 40-32 with 11:40 to play in the game. Jaleesa Ross will come out of the timeout and shoot two free throws. The Bulldogs got within six at 38-32 thanks to a Bailey Amundsen 3-pointer with 13:20 to play. The Bulldogs have upped their shooting percentage to 27 percent while Idaho is shooting 41 percent.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    Hot Start to the Second Half
    The Bulldogs have opened the half on a 10-0 run and have cut their deficit to 36-29 with 14:42 to play. Hayley Munro has been a go-to early as she scored the first four points. Marnique Arnold also has four points and Jaleesa Ross has two points. The Bulldog are playing with alot more energy defensively.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    We've Played 20 Minutes
    There is still 20 minutes to play but the Bulldogs trail 36-19 at halftime. Fresno State is shooting 5-32 from the field while Idaho is 15-30. Idaho's Yinka Olorunnife has 15 rebounds in the first half while Hayley Munro is the top performer for Fresno State with six points and four rebounds. The Bulldogs have had many easy looks in the post that they have not been able to convert. Fresno State is out rebounding Idaho 23-22.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 7:31 p.m.

    Shooting Woes
    Fresno State got within eight at 23-15 with 9:03 to play until the break but Idaho has since scored seven straight points to extend its lead to 30-15 with 6:18 left until halftime. The Bulldogs are 4-22 from the field while Idaho is 12-22.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 7:21 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

     

     

     

    Still Trailing
    The Bulldogs are having a hard time finding the bottom of the basket and they are not getting the offensive rebounds. Idaho is taking our missed shots and quickly getting back for easy shots. Fresno State trails 23-7 with 11:41 to play until halftime.

     

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 7:15 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

     

    Trailing Early
    We are at the first media timeout and the Bulldogs trail 12-7 with 15:26 to play in the first half. Idaho jumped out to a 12-4 lead early but Hayley Munro just hit a 3-pointer to bring the Bulldogs within five. Fresno State has had two easy buckets they have missed. Marnique Arnold, LaShay fears and Munro have scored for Fresno State. 

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 13, 2009 6:51 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

     

     

    Game Time is Near

    As tipoff approaches for tonights basketball game I will do my best to provide updates on tonights game since there is really no other way to follow the flow of the game. Tonight is a big game as Idaho is sitting in a tie for third place in the WAC with a 6-3 mark. The Bulldogs are also looking for a little revenge as the Vandals defeated Fresno State in the Save Mart Center 55-52 back in early January. Tonight is Idaho's Pink Night, in support of Breast Cancer awareness.

     

     

     

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 10, 2009 2:05p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

     

    The Beginning of A New Tradition

    It is a tradition with the UCONN women's basketball program that the team takes at least a mile jog on gamedays. This year the Fresno State women's basketball team isn't taking a jog but they have developed a tradition of going on a walk on gamedays. Coach Brett Frank now takes the team on a 20-30 minute walk in the morning. At San Jose State on Sunday the city was celebrating the Chinese New Year with a parade right by our hotel. The team spent time walking around enjoying the festivities and then walked through a technology museum for 20 minutes.

    With cold weather in Moscow and Boise, Idaho expected when the Bulldogs play on Friday and Sunday we will have to bring out winter coat and bundle up. 
     

    Alyssa Chambers
    Media Relations
    Feb. 3, 2009
    FRESNO, Calif.
    8:22 a.m.

     Remembering Kay Yow

    On Jan. 24 the world sports lost one of the greatest women's basketball coaches of all-time as long time head coach of North Carolina State, Kay Yow, lost her 22-year battle with breast cancer.

     Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and battled with the disease three times. She saw fellow NC State men's basketball coach Jimmy Valvano pass away after his brave battle with cancer in 1993. The V Foundation was founded in 1993 by Valvano and ESPN in raise money for cancer research. Yow was an integral part of the V Foundation as she established the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation in Dec. of 2007. Yow won the inaugural Jimmy V ESPY for Perseverance at the 2007 ESPY Awards.

    She coached at NC State from 1974-2009 and guided her Wolfpack team to the 1998 Final Four and in 2002, became just the fifth female coach inducted in the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Her overall career record was 737-344 over 38 seasons of collegiate coaching. She guided her squads to 20 NCAA Tournaments, 11 Sweet 16 appearances and one trip to the Elite Eight. Yow collected five ACC regular season championships, four ACC tournament titles, had 21, 20-win seasons and 29 total winning seasons. Yow also led the U.S. women's basketball team to a gold medal in the 1988 games.

    Yow's Impact on Fresno State:

    Head Softball Coach Margie Wright

    Fresno State head softball coach Margie Wright was a women's basketball official from 1974-84 and officiated two National Championship games. She was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to officiate several games in which Coach Yow was coaching and have the chance to speak with the late coach.

     "I was really fortunate to get to be a basketball official for her team on several occasions and what a classy person she was," Wright said. "Even though you are an official you are certainly able to identify to the character of the coaches and Kay Yow was extremely impressive to me as a young former basketball player. I believe its extremely sad when the sports world loses such a fine mentor and role model and even though I hadn't see her in many years, it still leaves an empty space in my heart for the young women that will not have the opportunity to learn from such an outstanding coach."

     Former Fresno State Women's Basketball Player Erica Henry:

    Coach Kay Yow had a very special place in my heart. I can remember all of the phone calls my junior and senior year from coaches trying to get me to come to their school. It was such a hard decision to narrow down which schools I wanted to talk to but there was one distinctive voice that called my house. One afternoon a shrill and distinctive voice called my house, it was the North Carolina State head coach. She was sweet, kind and light-hearted during our conversation. I can remember agreeing to her coming on a home visit.

    Several coaches were in and out of my house daily trying to convince me to come to their school. Coach Kay Yow showed up and my mom was in shock and aw.... She couldn't believe that such a legendary coach was on her doorstep and about to sit on her couch. My mom asked to take pictures and sign autographs and I was so embarrassed. Once Coach Yow left, my mother told me that I should go to her school....that was before meeting Coach Wiggins and his staff.

    `Til this day my mom still has that picture and autograph in her scrapbook.  I then narrowed my school choices down to: Miami, Fresno State, NC State and Memphis. I can remember calling coach Yow and letting her know that I wanted to visit because they were in my top five.  Even though I didn't choose that school because it wasn't a great fit for me, Coach Yow still had a special place in my heart.

    During the 2006-07 basketball season, I found out that we were hosting the NCAA Regional. I never knew that I would be reunited with Coach Yow but in March of 2007, I found out what teams would be in which Regional. Coach Yow and her team would be playing the Save Mart center for the NCAA tournament.

    NC State practiced in the North Gym the day before playing. Tierre and I walked over to see practice and for me to talk to coach. I was a little hesitant to walk up and talk to her because it had been a while since I had seen her.

    I stopped her and I said, "Coach Yow...How are you doing? Do you remember me?"

    "Well I don't forget faces, I forget names," said Coach Yow.

    "It's me Erica Henry from Louisiana," I said after laughing.

    "WOW...it's been a long time and my you've gotten thicker," she smiled and said.

    We had a fairly long conversation before she had to get to the bus. That was the last time I had contact with her. When I found out she passed away it hurt a lot because I actually knew her. She was such a courageous person and I admired her for the fight she had.

    My mom didn't know about the news that shocked the basketball world.  When I broke the sad news to her she cried. My mom told me she would never forget the little white haired lady that stepped on her doorstep. She went and grabbed the scrapbook, and stared at that picture and autograph that she will forever and always have. 

    A moment of silence will be held before tipoff at the Fresno State women's basketball game tomorrow at 7 p.m. vs. San Jose State at the Save Mart Center. The coaching staff will also be wearing pink ribbons in honor of Coach Yow and Breast Cancer Awareness.

    To view more information on the late coach please visit the NC State official athletic website: www.gopack.com.

    About the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund
    The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

    About The V Foundation
    The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer. The Foundation seeks to make a difference by generating broad-based support for cancer research and by creating an urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. The V Foundation performs these dual roles through advocacy, education, fundraising and philanthropy.

     Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 23, 2009 7:25 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Game Day on the Island

    We have been on the island since Wednesday and now it is time for the reason we came to Hawai'i. We are moments from tip off and there are a few hundred people in the stands. Former Bulldog Aritta Lane is in attendance. Lane was a star for the Bulldogs from 2002-05 where she is ranked eighth on the schools career scoring list.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 21, 2009 8:55 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Road Warriors and President Obama

    We are in the middle of a stretch where we are playing seven of our next nine games on the road. The team is currently in the midst of the hardest part of its travel. In the last week we have been in four time zones. The travel started in the Central Time Zone in Ruston, Louisiana, January 14-17, and then moved to the Mountain Time Zone, January 17-19. The team was home for a little over 24 hours before leaving the North Gym at 4:15 a.m. this morning for the airport to head to Hawai'i. Our plane left on United at 6 a.m. with a lay over in Los Angeles. We arrived in Hawai'i at 12:50 Hawai'i time and then headed to practice on campus from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

    After a long day of travel the players have a curfew of 10 p.m. tonight. We practice tomorrow morning from 10:30-12:30 p.m. The team will then have the rest of the afternoon free until dinner at 6 p.m. Last year I made the trek from our hotel all the way to the top of Diamond Head. It was about a seven mile run/walk. Once I got to the very top it had an incredible view of the island.

    Before the team left for the island they practiced Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. After practice coach Wiggins gave his team an assignment to watch the inauguration of President Obama and write a two-page report on what they learned. The players turned their report into the coaching staff at the airport this morning and then while we were in our layover in L.A. the staff went through the report with each player. I even had the responsibility to go through Taja Edwards and Jaleesa Ross' reports.

    I am ready to go to bed. It's been a long day. I am writting this outside on the balcony of my hotel room while listening to polynesian singers. It is extremely relaxing.



    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 18, 2009 12:41 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Game Time in Las Cruces

    We are less than 20 minutes away from tipoff against New Mexico State. This arena made alot of history for the Bulldogs last year. The first memorable event came on March 1, 2008 when Hayley Munro hit a 50 plus footer as time expired in overtime to lift the Bulldogs to an overtime win over New Mexico State. Then Fresno State stormed through the WAC tournament to win the programs first championship and first berth to the NCAA tournament. Hopefully, the Bulldogs are able to find success this afternoon in Las Cruces.

    Fans are slowly starting to trickle in to the game. The band is keeping people entertained with fun music. I have always felt this way but it is the band that makes the atmosphere fun at games, especially basketball. Everytime I walk into an arena and the band is playing loud I get really excited and pumped up.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 18, 2009 10:57 a.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Best Hotel in the WAC

    In a straw poll taken amongst the Fresno State women's basketball coaches it was determined that the Hotel Encanto, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is the nicest hotel in the WAC that we stay in during our travels. I agree with the coaches 100 percent. It is a nice hotel that sits on hill near the New Mexico State campus. The beds are extremly comfortable and it is just a very nice hotel. Earlier this morning coach Frank told me that he would rather stay over night at the hotel after the game and leave the next morning at 4 a.m. to catch our flight out of El Paso. We are scheduled to bus back to El Paso after the game. The hotel is the only independent, full-service luxury and culturally distinct hotel in Las Cruces New Mexico.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 18, 2009 9:42 a.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Jimmy the Bus Driver

    Last year when we played in Ruston we had a bus driver named Jimmy Dupree. He was a nice gentleman who took good care of us. One of our practices before the game was at the schools Recreation Center where Kelli Eberlein, myself and Jimmy played a little pool while the team was practicing.

    With Jimmy being our bus driver last year we also won for the first time in Ruston by 19 points. So when we arrived at the Shreveport Airport on January 14 we saw that Jimmy was once again our bus driver. As we were walking to baggage claim many of the players, coaches, including myself went to shake his hand to say hi. We were excited to have him again. The result of him being our bus driver this year was a 25-point win in Ruston. As we were going back to Shreveport after the game we told him that we were going to request for him to be our bus driver when we come to Louisiana Tech next year. He said that he really enjoys driving us around.

    Jimmy is a retired teacher/school administrator in Louisiana. After he retired from teaching he said he wanted to travel and see various places so he decided to drive charter buses. During my conversation with him he told me about all the places he has been able to see like Niagara Falls in New York. He is usually gone for three to four days a week. But he added that he really enjoys what he is doing.

    We look forward to next year with you as our bus driver.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 16, 2009 6:21 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Game Day

    It's game day! We are less than an hour from tip off with the Lady Techsters and you can't help but notice the tradition of the women's basketball program when entering the Thomas Assembly Center. Hanging in the rafters are banners that say 1999 NCAA Final 4, 1998 NCAA Division I National Runner-up, 1989 NCAA Final Four, 1994 NCAA Division I National Runner-Up, 1987 NCAA Division I National Runner-Up and 1990 NCAA Final Four. In 1981, 82 and 88 the Lady Techsters won the National Championship. I haven't even mentioned all the retired jersey's they have hanging up like Kim Mulkey, who is the head coach at Baylor and Teresa Weatherspoon, who played for the New York Liberty in the WNBA and is currently an assistant coach for La Tech. Overall, the Lady Techsters have retired eight jerseys of former players.

    And the game is being played on Karl Malone Court. Malone currently resides in Ruston and he was a star for the Bulldogs in the early 80's.

    Tonight's game has an intriguing stat line as Fresno State is the nations leader in 3-pointers made per game and Louisiana Tech is the third best team in the country at guarding the 3-pointer. Should be interesting to see who wins the battle.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 15, 2009 11:09 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    An Off Day in Ruston

    Since we had a rare off day today, the team had some time to relax. Coach Wiggins and Frank arrived at the Holiday Inn Express (the team hotel) around 9 a.m. this morning after being on the road recruiting for the past three days. After a team meeting with coach Wiggins we all boarded our bus for lunch at Sweet Peas, a soul food restaurant at Noon. I was standing next to Hayley Munro going through the line when she mentioned to me she didn't know what half the stuff was that she was putting on her plate.

    After lunch we walked around Super Wal-Mart for 30 minutes before we headed off the movies. The team split up at the theatre as some saw Yes Man, and Bride Wars. The majority of the team, including myself, saw Valkyrie with Tom Cruise. The team practiced from 6-7:30 p.m. and had dinner at Chili's following practice.

    This trip always has meaning for Brittny Jones as it is the only time her parents are able to watch her play. Each year Jones' parents mark on the calendar when the Bulldogs come to Ruston so they can see their daughter. The drive from Austell, Ga., is only seven hours and Brian and Beverly stop only twice along the way enroute to Ruston. Stay tuned to gobulldogs.com for a more indepth story on Jones playing in front of her parents.

    It is time for bed. Tomorrow is gameday and I know the Lady Techsters will be ready for tomorrow nights game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 14, 2009 12:49 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Catching Up With the Bulldogs

    It  is time to embark on a three-game road trip that will keep the Bulldogs on the road for all but about two days over a two week span. We are currently in a layover at the Dallas Fort Worth airport waiting for our connecting flight to Shreveport where the team will then bus a little over an hour to Ruston. With the game against Louisiana Tech not until Friday, the team will have a nice day to relax before Friday nights game. The team also came to Ruston a day early last year. With school not being in session it makes it easier to leave a day early this year where last year the game was in February. Coach Wiggins and Frank will meet us in Ruston on Thursday as they have been in the Texas/Oklahoma area recruiting all week.

    The team practices tonight from 6-8 p.m. and that will end what has been a long day that started with the team leaving the North Gym at 5 a.m. and catching a 6:50 a.m. flight on American Airlines to Dallas. Louisiana Tech is the home of NBA start Karl Malone. Malone was a star in Ruston in the early 80's before being drafted by the Utah Jazz. Since retiring from the NBA he has made his home in Ruston and has been involved in the Louisiana Tech athletic department.

    Louisiana Tech women's basketball also has a rich history of success but I will talk more about that before tipoff of Friday's game.

    During our layover in Dallas I learned something new about Bailey Amundsen that I didn't know. When she was a junior in high school she was an exchange student for two weeks in Germany. Although she couldn't remember the city, we had a little connection since I lived in Germany for six years growing up when my father was in the Army.

    The team had two days of hard practices after a tough loss to Idaho on Saturday. On Monday, the team had a 6 a.m. practice and then practiced again for a little over an hour that afternoon.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 2, 2009 7:49 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Fresno State leads 37-15 at halftime. The Bulldogs have held UNLV to 18 percent shooting from the field as they have hit five of 27 field goals. Fresno State is shooting 36.6 percent from the field and out rebounding the Lady Rebels 34-17. Fresno State is 5-5 all-time against schools from the Mountain West Conference. All four wins have been at home except for when the Bulldogs defeated Utah in Salt Lake City in 2006. Ben Jacobs, the starting linebacker on the Fresno State football team, is also in attendance at tonights game.

     Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 2, 2009 7:30 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Fresno State leads 21-12 with 7:10 left until halftime. The Bulldogs have played well on both ends of the court. In the stands supporting Fresno State is football player Jon Monga.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Jan. 2, 2009 4:19 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    The New Year Begins in Las Vegas

    The Fresno State women's basketball team plays its final nonconference game tonight against Mountain West Conference foe UNLV. The Bulldogs are 8-4 while UNLV is 7-5. This is a big road test for Fresno State. Coach Adrian Wiggins had his players prepare the scouting report on UNLV and at shoot around the players took turns telling the coaching staff what UNLV's players tendencies were and what the team liked to do offensively and defensively. The coaches showed the players plays the Lady Rebels like run after the players went through what they learned about tonights opponent. The team arrived around 4 p.m. yesterday and will return back to Fresno tomorrow around 2:30 p.m. Then it is preparation for the WAC opener on Monday against Boise State at the Save Mart Center.

    It was a successful Christmas season. Most of the players went home. Hayley Munro and Emma Andrews stayed in Fresno. Hayley had a friend visit her while Emma's brother has been visiting for the last three weeks. Hayley cooked several different meats in the morning and then they enjoyed the makings of her cooking in the afternoon.

    LaToya Brown wasn't scheduled to go home for Christmas. But right before December 20 she found out that her brother was going to Afghanistan. Brown went home on December 21 and suprised her mother, who wasn't expecting her home.

    The team got back together for practice on December 26 in preparation for December 29th's game against Long Beach State, a game where the Bulldogs won 76-63 and Hayley Munro hit another halfcourt shot at the end of the game. This one had little meaning as the Bulldogs were already up by 10 points.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Dec. 15, 2008 9:12 a.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

     

    Pondexter Hits Half-Court Shot

    This is a big week for the Bulldogs on and off the basketball floor. Off the basketball floor, the players are busy cramming for finals through out the course of this week. On the court, Fresno State has two big home games with Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 6 p.m. and West Virginia on Saturday at 5 p.m. LMU is 8-1 and coming off a win against Boise State while West Viriginia is 7-2 and plays at Santa Clara on Thursday before coming to Fresno.

    Now it is time to recap last week and to hit a fun part of the week that hasn't been mentioned yet. In Fresno State's game at No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, the boyfriend of former Bulldog star Erica Henry, Jason Pondexter was chosen to shoot a half court shot at a media timeout for a chance to win a framed autographed Stanford John Elway jersey. Henry, who was providing the color of the Saturday's game with Guy Haberman on 790 ESPN Radio, had a shocked look on her face when he walked out onto the court. He had two chances to make the half courter. His first shot rolled around the rim and out.

    By then the Bulldog and players realized what was going on and they had their eyes on Pondexter during the timeout. On his second attempt, the shot hit nothing but net, sending the Bulldog bench, Henry and the nearly 4,000 fans into a frenzy. Pondexter took the framed jersey and ran around the court in celebration the shot.

    Little did Stanford fans realize was that the person winning the marketing promotion was a Fresno State Bulldog fan.

    Fresno State is 6-3 and still boasts the best record in the WAC. After this week they have two more nonconference games, home against Long Beach State and one the road against UNLV before beginning WAC play on January 5 against Boise State.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Dec. 13, 2008 2:50 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Fresno State at No. 3 Stanford

    Today's game with No. 3 Stanford is the highest ranked opponent the Bulldogs have played since November 24, 1995 when Louisiana Tech defeated Fresno State 77-59. Although Stanford lost one of the top players in the country last year in Candice Wiggins they are still beating teams by average of 22 points a game. You know you have walked into a facility of a top tier program when the only banners hanging up are championship banners. The Stanford women lost in the NCAA title game last year but they did not put a banner up for it.

    In the first half of the game it has been easy to see why Stanford is one of the top teams in the country. Its starting line up consists of four players six feet or taller and they are very quick up the floor. Although Stanford has led for the entire first half the Bulldogs have played hard and well and haven't back down from the third ranked team in the country. Stanford leads 48-35 at halftime. The Bulldogs trailed 46-26 with two minutes left until halftime and then finished the half on a 9-2 run to cut their deficit to 13.

    Marnique Arnold leads Bulldog scoring with 11 points. Her career high is 17. Fresno State is shooting 36 percent from the field while the Cardinal is shooting 46 percent.

    We are four minutes away from starting the second half. The Bulldogs need to continue to play hard and being quicker in pushing the ball up the floor.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 29, 2008 8:50 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Day 4, Fresno State Beats Sam Houston State

    After suffering a tough 70-69 loss to Charlotte on Friday, the Bulldogs bounced back to beat Sam Houston State 76-63 on Saturday in the final day of the Hoops For The Cure Tournament at SMU. The Bulldogs trailed for much of the first half but whittled a 14 point deficit to four at halftime and took the lead for good in the second half.

    Marnique Arnold had a career game of 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to the victory. Fresno State also out rebounded Sam Houston State 50-29. The Bulldogs are not the biggest team but they have out rebounded their opponents in every game this year. Winning on the road isn't easy and the team is glad to return to Fresno with a split even though they were not happy with how they play on Friday or for much of the game on Saturday.

    Before the game the team watched film at 10 a.m. in coach Wiggins room and had shootaround at 10:30 a.m. Following shootaround the bus took the team to pregame meal at Applebees and then it was back to the hotel for a couple of hours of rest before heading off to the game.

    Following the win, former Bulldogs Cophie Moore, Schmoca Sills, Brittani Green and Mirenda Swearengin addressed the team in the locker room and gave them advise on what to improve on and and what it means to be a Bulldog. Green's mother then brought the team a barbeque dinner back at the hotel following the game. Green, Sills, Moore and Swearengin all hung around and visited with the players and coaches. The former Bulldogs had a good time sharing stories from their playing days while sitting around the hotel.

    We leave the hotel tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. to return to Fresno. The plane is schedule to leave at 10:55 a.m. and we land in Fresno at 12:30 p.m. Once we return it is time to prepare for a tough TCU game on Thursday at the Save Mart Center. TCU is ranked No. 24 in the nation and they knocked off then No. 5 Maryland to open the year.



    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 28, 2008 8:36 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Day 3, It's Game Day

    The Bulldogs lost a hard-fought 70-69 contest to a very good Charlotte team of the Atlantic 10. The 'Dogs had a chance to win in the final seconds but Jaleesa Ross missed a shot in the key that rolled around the rim and out. The 49ers found a way to contain the Bulldogs perimeter game as they hit only 5-of-16 from the three-point line. You can't fault Fresno State for its effort. It was there. There were some calls that the Bulldogs would have liked to go their way that didn't but this team doesn't make excuses. Coach Adrian Wiggins and his team will be prepared for tomorrows game against either Sam Houston State or SMU. SMU is currently leading Sam Houston State 45-28 early in the second half.

    On a bright note, Marnique Arnold had a career-high 12 rebounds while LaShay Fears and Ashley Walker had career-bests 14 and 11 points. Walker played in front of a large crowd of friends and family.

    The Bulldog team stayed around and watched the first half of the SMU game before leaving at halftime. The coaches are still here scouting the game in preparation for tomorrow's contest.

    Saturday's game is at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 28, 2008 4:36 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Day 3, It's Game Day

    The teams are on the floor warming up and we are 20 minutes from tip off. The Bulldogs will be in their home white uniforms while Charlotte will be in their green uniforms trimmed in black and gold. The Moody Coliseum, home of the SMU Mustangs holds just over 8,000 people. Charlotte has seven players who are six feet or taller.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 28, 2008 2:50 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Day 3, It's Game Day

    The fun is over and it is all business now as the Bulldogs prepare to play Charlotte at 3 p.m. Pacific time today. The team had a light breakfast with bagels, fruit and juice in the room of manager Karras Blate a little after nine this morning. The team then watched film in coach Wiggins room at 10 a.m. and left for shoot around at 10:20 a.m. For close to an hour the 'Dogs went through their plays and coach Wiggins showed them on the floor the tendencies of Charlotte's players.

    Usually four hours before a game it is the norm to have some sort of pasta for pregame meal. Pregame meal was right after shoot around at 11:30 a.m.  at the famous Dallas restaurant Campizies. Coach Frank told us that the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys eat their pregame meal at the establishment. The team got back to the hotel close to one and have been relaxing for a couple of hours before they have to leave for the game. The bus is schedule to pull out at 3:30 p.m.

    The Bulldogs should have a nice crowd at the game of close to 100 people in the stands. Coach Franks family lives within two hours of Dallas and Ashley Walker lives in Arlington, about a 20 minute drive from SMU. Kayla Sanders is also from nearby Pflugerville, Tx.

    Charlotte is a very good team. They have alot of size with a girl as tall as 6-5. The game will be a tough test for the Bulldogs. We will play either Sam Houston State or SMU tomorrow night.

    The weather today is very rainy and overcast. The high is probably mid-50's.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 27, 2008 1:26 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Day 2, Turkey Dinner, Courtesy of Coach Brett Frank's Family

     

    After Thursday morning's practice we headed over to a golf clubhouse near the parents of coach Franks for the big turkey dinner. Cousins, grandparents and friends of the Franks all joined the team for dinner. The meal was prepared by many members of the Frank's family. It was very good and the team was very appreciative of the hospitality that was shown. It is hard to be away from family during the holiday so when the team is surrounded by people who take care of them it means a lot.

    Following the meal, Joh-Teena Filipe, Marnique Arnold, Jaleesa Ross, LaShay Fears, Taja Edwards and LaToya Brown all put on a little show for the friends and family in attendance as they sang and danced for 15-20 minutes.

    The team left Durant, Okla., and headed back to the hotel at 2:45 p.m. Coach Wiggins spent 20 minutes with the team talking about tomorrows' game with Charlotte and what its strengths are. Now everybody is on the bus taking the annual Thanksgiving Day nap after eating a lot.

    The team will have a little time to relax this afternoon before heading off to Moody Gymnasium for a shoot around this evening. The fun is now over and it is time to prepare tomorrow's game.

    Before we focus on tomorrow's game it is time to get a feel for some of the players and coaches favorite Thanksgiving memories.

    1- What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory?

    Brittny Jones:  "Sitting around the dinner table with my whole family sharing memories from the past."

    Sadiaa Jones: "The last Thanksgiving I had with my father."

    LaShay Fears: "Two years ago I was able to be with my entire family. I ate so much food."

    LaShaunte Stephens: "Last year my mother let me invite my teammates and friends. It was a lot of fun and we ate a lot of food."

    LaToya Brown: "It is a blessing every time I see my family."

    Bailey Amundsen: "Just being around my family  because it is a rare occasion that we all get to see each other."


    2- What is your favorite Thanksgiving Food?

    LaToya Brown: Chitlins

    Hayley Munro: Mashed potatoes and green beans

    Amy Parrish: Cheesy mashed potatoes

    Adrian Wiggins: Stuffing and turkey

    Brittny Jones: Honey baked ham and apple pie

    Joh-Teena Filipe: Mom's potato salad and friend rice

    LaShay Fears: Ham, garlic mashed potatoes, cabbages with crystal hot sauce or Louisiana hot sauce

    Bailey Amundsen:  Mashed potatos

    Jaleesa Ross: Yams

    Taja Edwards: Mac and cheese

     
    3- What is a Thanksgiving family tradition?

    LaToya Brown: "Everyone eats at my granny's house. The night before all the grandkids go hunting. We build a fire and eat pecans all night."

    Adrian Wiggins:Joh-Teena Filipe:

     

     

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 27, 2008 8:42 a.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

     

     

    Day 2, The Bulldogs Practice at Southeastern Oklahoma State University

    Fresno State is currently in the middle of practicing on Thanksgiving morning at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The University is in Durant, Okla., and it is the alma mater of Sadiaa Jones and Brett Frank. Coach Jones played at Southeastern from 1997-99 and during that time she played for coach Frank, who was an assistant at the time.

    We left the hotel in Dallas this morning at 8 a.m. and arrived at the arena around 9:30 a.m. As the bus was pulling into the Southeastern campus coach Adrian Wiggins was booing because he used to coach at Cameron University, another Division II school that is in the same conference as Southeastern, the Lone Star conference. Following practice the team will have Thanksgiving dinner at a club house here in Durant at Noon courtesy of coach Frank's parents. Today is also Ashley Walker's birthday.

    Coach Frank and coach Kelsi Bond have been on the road recruiting for the last few days. They mey the team here at the arena this morning. The Bulldogs have a tough test tomorrow when they play Charlotte of the Atlantic 10 tomorrow at 3 p.m. Pacific time.

     Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 26, 2008 10:56 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Day 1, The Bulldogs Arrive in Dallas, Texas

    The Fresno State women's basketball team is set to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Dallas, Tx., as they prepare to play in the SMU Hoops For The Cure Tournament. The 'Dogs left the North Gym at 10:45 this morning to head to the Fresno Airport. Before leaving for the airport the team practiced at the North Gym from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. We touched down in Dallas at 6:15 p.m. and headed to Champps in Irving, Tx., for a little dinner.

     

    Following dinner we checked into the Double Tree Hotel around 8 p.m.This is the first plane trip of the season for the Bulldogs and they have a tough test on Friday in Charlotte, a 3-2 team, who lost to Wake Forest earlier today. Charlotte plays in the Atlantic 10 and competed in the WNIT last year.

     

    This trip is a homecoming for Ashley Walker, who is from the Arlington, Tx., area. She told me a couple of days ago that she will have more family and friends in the stands than she can count.

     

    Tomorrow the team heads to Durant, Okla., where coach Brett Frank's parents will cook Thanksgiving dinner for the team. Before eating dinner, the team  will practice at Southeastern Oklahoma State, a Division II school where coach Frank coached at for eight years.

     

    That's all for tonight. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. I need to get some sleep.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 23, 2008 2:50 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Fresno State leads 41-23 at halftime. The 'Dogs have played nice defense holding Sac State to 35 percent shooting and forcing nine turnovers. The visiting Bulldogs are shooting 44 percent from the field and 53 percent from the three-point line. They are 9-for-17 from beyond arc with Jaleesa Ross leading the way with five three's. Taja Edwards has been very active defensively in her 10 minutes of play. She has two steals, one assist, four points and three rebounds. What won't show in the stat sheet is the number of balls she has gotten her hands on and deflected. For the third straight game it looks like Bailey Amundsen will have 10 rebounds or more as she currently has eight at the break. Ashley Walker has six rebounds in her five minutes of play.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 23, 2008 2:10 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    The Bulldogs are off to a nice start as the lead 21-11 with 11:15 to play in the first half. Jaleesa Ross continues to show why she is one of the top three-point shooters in the country as she is a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Fresno State has also had success this afternoon in the post.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 23, 2008 1:50 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    The National Anthem is minutes away. Fans are starting to come into the gym. Sports reporters don't get many opportunities to be fans at ball games. Today CBS 47 reporter George Takata is being a fan as he drove up to Sacramento today to watch this afternoon's game against the Hornets.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 23, 2008 1:33 p.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    We are less than 30 minutes until tip off and the gym is very empty but there are more Fresno State fans here than Sacramento State fans. Today should be an entertaining game since it is Sacramento State's home opener and they are coming off a win at Santa Clara on Thursday. 

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 23, 2008 10:45 a.m.
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    It's game day. Fresno State plays at Sacramento this afternoon at 2 p.m. It is the first home game for the Hornets, a team that has won their last four home openers. The team arrived in Sacramento Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. After checking into the Double Tree Hotel, they left for practice at 4:45 p.m. The team ate dinner at California Pizza Kitchen following practice.

    This morning the team had shoot around at the Hornets Nest at 8 a.m. The gym is very small as it seats only 1,200 people. Following shoot around it was off to pregame meal at Mimi's Cafe. The team is back at the hotel now and will leave for the game at 12:15 p.m. Coach Wiggins did watch film with his team for 15-20 minutes when they got back from pregame meal. Fresno State beat the Hornets 81-58 in Fresno last year.

    Today is Basketball Operations Coordinator Amy Parrish's birthday. At Mimi's, several of the servers brought her out a piece of cake and sang Happy Birthday.

    Theresa Kurtz
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 20, 2008 8:43 p.m.
    tkurtz@csufresno.edu

    The `Dogs ended their home opener beating UCSB by a score of 71-54. The Bulldogs broke the single-game three-point record set in 1989 by making 16 three-pointers. Bailey Amundsen had a career high 26 points with 6 three-pointers. Amundsen also ended the game with 11 rebounds. Jaleesa Ross contributed 15 points with five three-pointers. Sophomore Hayley Munro grabbed 12 rebounds. The Bulldogs move to 2-0 and hit the road playing Sacramento State. LaShay Fears was able to knock down 12 against her former team.

    Theresa Kurtz
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 20, 2008 8:29 p.m.
    tkurtz@csufresno.edu

    There is 7:09 left in the home opener for Fresno State women's basketball and the `Dogs are leading the Gauchos 61-46. The Bulldogs are one three-pointer away from tying the single-game record of 15 three-pointers made in a game. Jaleesa Ross has five and Bailey Amundsen has five too. Hayley Munro is leading in rebounds with 11.

    Theresa Kurtz
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 20, 2008 7:55 p.m.
    tkurtz@csufresno.edu

    At the half time break the Bulldogs are leading 37-20. The `Dogs have hit 11 three-pointers and are four away from breaking the team single-game record. It's raining three-pointers in the Save Mart Center tonight, as Jaleesa Ross has hit four from beyond the arch and Bailey Amundsen has joined in the three-point fun with three of her own. Amundsen and Hayley Munro are leading the pack in rebounds with five a piece. The second half will be underway in six minutes.

    Theresa Kurtz
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 20, 2008 7:41 p.m.
    tkurtz@csufresno.edu

    With 2:47 left in the first half the `Dogs lead the Gauchos 34-15. In 1989 the Bulldogs set a team record of 15 three-pointers in a single game and with 10 three-pointers they are five away from breaking that record. In the same game in 1989 the individual record of eight three-pointers was made. Jaleesa Ross has made four already tonight and is four away from breaking that record.

    Theresa Kurtz
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 20, 2008 7:15 p.m.
    tkurtz@csufresno.edu

    The first period is underway and the `Dogs have already hit four 3-pointers. Jaleesa Ross, Bailey Amundsen, Hayley Munro, and LaShay fears have all knocked in from behind the arch. In the first timeout the Bulldogs lead the Gauchos 12-5.

    Theresa Kurtz
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Nov. 20, 2008 6:44 p.m.
    tkurtz@csufresno.edu

    The season has officially begun and tonight the Bulldogs play UCSB in their home opener. The team has stretched and is now in the locker room going over the final preparations for the game. It is a special game for LaShay Fears because in her first start at the Save Mart Center she is playing the school she transferred from two years ago. The `Dogs and Gauchos will tipoff at 7:00 p.m.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    November 14, 2008
    10:36 p.m. PT

    We are on the bus headed back to Fresno. We stopped for 45 minutes to eat dinner in a complex with various fast food restaurants. Tonight's game was a hard-fought game as Fresno State pulled out a 97-88 win to open the season 1-0. Bakersfield made a furious rally in the second half to take a brief lead but the Bulldogs were able to pull through.

    Fresno State showed they have the ability to score at will as they shot 50 percent from the floor and 56 percent from the 3-point line. The Bulldogs do have to work on their defensive skills as they allowed Bakersfield to shoot 48 percent from the field.

    In the end all that matters is the "W" and the Bulldogs are 1-0 to open the 2008-09 season. Fresno State plays its home-opener November 20 against Big West power UCSB.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    November 14, 2008
    8:08 p.m. PT

     

    Bakersfield has cut the Bulldogs lead to 57-49 with 15:47 to play. Leading 57-40, the Roadrunners have scored nine straight points. Jaleesa Ross picked up her third foul at the 17:45 mark in the game on a offensive charging call with the Dogs up by 15. Ross is back in the game and Taja Edwards is at the free throw line shooting two shots.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    November 14, 2008
    7:48 p.m. PT

     

    Fresno State leads 52-39 at halftime. Fresno State has shot lights out as they are shooting 58 percent (18-31) and they are 9-14 from the 3-point line. Bailey Amundsen is 6-for-6 from the field with 16 points. She is two points away from tying her career high of 18 points against Cal in last years season opener. Her four 3-pointers made also ties her career high for most three's made in a game. Jaleesa Ross hit two 3-pointers in the first half and has hit a 3-pointer in 24 straight games dating back to last year.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    November 14, 2008
    6:55 p.m. PT

    The National Anthem has been played and it is time to play ball. The Bulldogs will start Jaleesa Ross, LaShay Fears, Hayley Munro, Bailey Amundsen and Marnique Arnold. There are a couple hundred people in the stands and about 40 fans wearing Bulldog red.

     

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    November 14, 2008
    6:25 p.m. PT

     

     

    Tonights game is the return of Amy Parrish to Bakersfield. She spent last year as an assistant with the Roadrunners. As she came out to the court several players and coaches on the team came up to her and gave her hugs. They were very happy to see her.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    November 14, 2008
    5:55 p.m. PT

    The bus pulled into the Icardo Center on the campus of Cal-State Bakersfield at 5:30 p.m. Bakersfield coach Tim La Kose is touting tonights game as the biggest game in school history. He was quoted in the Bakersfield Californian saying, "One, it's Fresno," La Kose said. "Two, their WAC champions, which is the level we aspire to go. And they are our valley rivals."

    We are less than an hour away from tip off of the 2008-09 season. Both teams are on the floor going through warm ups. Bakersfield SID Marshall Fey is uncertain what kind of crowd they are going to have tonight with high school football going on and Carrie Underwood also in town performing.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    November 14, 2008
    4:08 p.m. PT

    It's game day. The first regular season game of a new year brings lots of anticipation and for some players nervous feelings before the ball is tipped off. Tonight is the first contest in a Bulldog uniform for Kayla Sanders, Ashley Walker, LaShay Fears and Joh-Teena Filipe. The team is currently on the bus traveling to Bakersfield for an in-state contest at Cal-State Bakersfield. The Roadrunners will be gunning for the Bulldogs tonight since they were beaten 93-50 in Fresno last year.

    The bus is very quiet right now as the players are plugged into the IPOD's and sleeping. The team had shoot around this morning at the Save Mart Center and had pregame meal from Olive Garden in the North Gym annex at 3:00 p.m. before boarding the bus at 3:30 p.m.

    I'll keep you posted through out the evening on the game.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    October 28, 2008
    2:20 p.m. PT

    Practice has been over for more than two hours. Tomorrow the team will have some fun in front of fans in the Red and White scrimmage. Following practice Stephens talked to the team for a few minutes before the players left and coach Wiggins was interviewed by a reporter from the Collegian and he did a radio interview with 1430 ESPN Radio at 1:05 p.m. Guys are expected to practice with the Bulldogs throughout the year as Wiggins hopes to prepare his team for NCAA tournament like competition when they play teams that are bigger in size and very quick.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu
    October 28, 2008
    12:20 p.m. PT


    The saying free throws can win or lose a ball game for you is true. When the game is on the line it is important to make free throws when you are tired. Right now the team is split into two groups. Each group is shooting five throws and the loser has to run longer sprints.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    October 28, 2008
    10:55 a.m. PT

    The team just finished a dribbling drill where they had to dribble with two balls around their back. I guess there is a reason why I was never successful at basketball. Doing drills like those are very difficult. Today coach Wiggins has three guys practicing with the team in certain drills.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu
    October 28, 2008
    10:21 a.m. PT

    Practice is just about to begin. The players are on the floor going through stretching exercises in preparation for practice. The team is practicing with the curtain down behind the south basket where the volleyball court is. The Save Mart Center crew is actually taking down the volleyball court in preparation for Wednesday nights Red and White scrimmage.

    Steve Schaack
    Fresno State Media Relations
    sschaack@csufresno.edu

    Sept. 30, 2008
    4:00 p.m. PT

    The rings are in. The long awaited ceremony for winning the programs first WAC championship and going to the NCAA tournament was nothing elaborate but it was a moment Erica Henry had been waiting for since the conclusion of the 2007-08 season. Two weeks ago, coach Adrian Wiggins called Henry to tell her to call Tierre Wilson and meet the team at the conclusion of practice on September 19.

    When practice ended Wiggins presented Henry and Wilson, last year's seniors and team captains their rings first. Following Henry and Wilson, each member of last year's team was presented with their championship ring.

    "He told the team, 'Those of you that didn't one this is the reason you are here,'" Henry said.

    The Bulldogs finished 22-11 and won their first ever WAC championship and berth to the NCAA tournament in the programs 43-year history.

    This year's Bulldog team returns nine players in Jaleesa Ross, Marnique Arnold, Hayley Munro, Emma Andrews, Taja Edwards, LaShaunte Stephens, Bailey Amundsen and LaToya Brown. New to the team this year is Joh-Teena Filipe, LaShay Fears, Kayla Sanders and Ashley Walker.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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