'Dogs Outlast Boise State Down the Stretch
    Bree Farley led Fresno State with 20 points and 11 rebounds
    Bree Farley led Fresno State with 20 points and 11 rebounds

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    Jan. 4, 2014

    By Jason Clay
    jaclay@csufresno.edu
    GoBulldogs.com

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team outscored Boise State 21-12 in the final nine and a half minutes to break a tied game and defeat the Broncos 72-63 on Saturday afternoon in the Save Mart Center.

    The win was Fresno State's second to open up Mountain West play and pushes the Bulldogs' overall record up to 8-5 on the season.

    "We had to pull out all the stops to get this `W' today," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "I thought that we battled the physicality while staying mentally really focused and poised so we were able to execute well and it was just a collective effort."

    Bulldog senior guards Bree Farley and Taylor Thompson led the way for the 'Dogs against the Broncos (5-7, 0-1 MW).

    Farley recorded the first double-double of her career by scoring a season-high 20 points and collecting a career-high 11 rebounds. She helped the Bulldogs outrebound Boise State 43-28 in the game.

    "I think our coaching staff is always putting a big emphasis on rebounding," said Farley, who was 6-of-8 from the field and hit 4-of-5 from 3-point land. "There was a couple of games during [non-conference play] where we got beat pretty bad on points in the paint with just pour defense and second-chance points, so we definitely had a focus on that in practice for weeks and weeks. It's really good to see results coming out of that."

    Thompson added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists while playing all 40 minutes of the game.

    "We executed really well on both ends and I felt like that's what got us the win," Thompson said.

    Fresno State held Boise State to just 28.9 percent shooting in the first half and 39.1 percent for the game.

    The unsung hero on Saturday was junior guard Alex Furr.

    "At different points of the game I think there was just people who stepped up and did some great things for us," Pebley said.

    Furr didn't enter the game until there was eight minutes remaining with Fresno State leading 53-51. She quickly hit a big 3-pointer from the wing to give Fresno State instant energy and she finished the game with seven points in eight minutes off the bench.

    "I thought it was huge that she hit that catch-and-shoot, open three," Pebley said of Furr's big shot. "It was big for her confidence and it is also a part of her role that we've asked her to play."

    Fresno State shot 46.3 percent in the game and hit eight 3-pointers with Farley knocking down three of her four in the first half.

    Alex Sheedy contributed with 14 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Center Jacinta Vandenberg had a game-high 13 rebounds.

    Fresno State next travels to Air Force where they will face the Falcons on Wednesday.

    "Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.

     

     

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