Jan. 3, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Guards Ki-Ki Moore, Rosie Moult and Taylor Thompson combined to score 59 points in the women's basketball team's 77-68 victory at CSU Bakersfield in the Icardo Center Thursday night in what was the Bulldogs' final non-conference game of the season.
The trio combined to score 27 of Fresno State's final 30 points in the last 12 minutes of the game that helped pull the Bulldogs (8-5) out what was then a three-point game and to the nine-point victory.
"When you're on the road it's really hard to win and I think your experience really helps you a lot," said head coach Raegan Pebley, whose team played its fifth of a six-game road trip on Thursday. "Those three [Moore, Moult and Thompson] bring a lot of veteran experience and I think they understood what it was going to take at the end.
"We took care of the ball extremely well in the second half - only two turnovers - and I think those three had quite a bit to do with that."
Thompson scored a career-high 23 points and she had eight assists with six rebounds and five steals in her return from a one-game absence. She missed the Dec. 29 game at Santa Clara due to illness and her presence on the court lifted Fresno State's offense in Thursday's win.
"She brings a lot to the team," Pebley said of Thompson. "She's so crucial in just bringing the point-guard leadership, the ability to get the ball into the paint and make good decisions with it. Then she can be an important defender for us as well and obviously you see her size, but she defies rebounding a lot of times and she is one of our better rebounders."
Moore added 21 points - her 14th career 20-point game and third this season - on 7-of-11 shooting. Moult put in 15 points, thanks in part to her 8-for-8 performance at the free-throw line.
The Bulldogs as a team went 22-for-26 at the charity stripe, helping them put away the Roadrunners (2-15) when they pulled away in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Part of the run that helped the Bulldogs separate from that 47-44 lead with 12 minutes to play was three 3-pointers in a 1:17 stretch. Thompson hit the first one at 8:32, then Moore drained another and Bree Farley connected on the third at 7:15 to give the Bulldogs a 60-52 lead and the 'Dogs never looked back after that.
Fresno State was 7-for-12 in the game from behind the arch while CSU Bakersfield was 8-for-15.
The Roadrunners were led by Cebrina Johnson who scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and she had nine rebounds with six blocks.
Fresno State forced 22 turnovers in the game and converted 22 points off the turnovers. The Bulldogs are now forcing 21.0 turnovers per game on the season.
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