Jan. 8, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Alex Sheedy recorded her third double-double of the season and Taylor Thompson scored 18 points in 23 minutes to lead the Fresno State women's basketball team in a 77-43 win at Air Force on Wednesday in Clune Arena.
This is Fresno State's fourth victory of the season by 20 or more points and the win pushes the Bulldogs' record up to 9-5 overall on the year and 3-0 in Mountain West play. Air Force fell to 1-12 overall and 0-3 in the MW.
"It's always hard to come into Air Force and get a `W'," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "You're dealing with a lot, dealing with a very mentally tough opponent that plays really hard and I fell like they had as much momentum heading into this game as they've had probably going into any game this year. And then you also have the altitude to deal with.
"I was very proud of our teams focus and their approach into this game preparing."
Thompson's 18 points in just 23 minutes came on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, hit all three of her 3-point attempts and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the free-throw line. She now has 997 points in her career and is closing in on becoming the 20th Bulldog in school history to score over 1,000 points in a career.
Sheedy had 17 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double in her last four games. It was the third this season and fifth of her career.
In all, nine of the 14 Bulldogs who played in the game scored, four reached double figures and Fresno State scored over 75 points for the fourth time this season.
"Our bench played great tonight," Pebley said. "We got an incredible first half out of Taylor, but our bench came in and helped us sustain our lead."
The Bulldogs started out the game cold, hitting just four of their first 14 shots. They busted out of that in a hurry with a 22-6 run midway through the first half to open up a 20-point lead.
Fresno State ended up hitting six 3-pointers in the first half where it led by 23 at the break.
The 'Dogs went on to lead by as many 43 in the game, scored 40 points in the pain and shot 44.1 percent from the field. Fresno State is now shooting 46.9 percent in its three conference games this season.
Fresno State returns home on Saturday to host Colorado State in an early season battle between two teams tied for first in the Mountain West. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
"Colorado State is a team with tremendous history and a history with a lot of championships in this conference," Pebley said. "This team that Colorado State has right now I think is playing with as much confidence as anyone in our conference right now.
"We're going to need a great effort. I know that we will need to have a great crowd for that game. They are No. 1 in the conference and this is an opportunity for us at home for our fans to see great competition."
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