Jan. 9, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team opened up Mountain West play with an impressive 80-72 victory over preseason favorite San Diego State on the road Wednesday night at Viejas Arena.
Sophomore forward Alex Sheedy scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting and hit four of Fresno State's nine 3-poniters in the game. Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore added her third double-double of the season and ninth of her career when she put in 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The two highlighted a great collective team effort in Fresno State's first-ever Mountain West league game.
"I think just the team overall played really focused and dialed in," said head coach Raegan Pebley, whose team ended a six-game, 27-day road trip with a 3-3 record. "What I liked about this game is it looked like there was an accumulation of a lot of lessons learned.
"How to handle a lead against a good team, defense and the things we needed to do, there was a lot of sustained effort throughout the game and that's what your non-conference is for, to provide you with opportunities to learn those lessons."
Taylor Thompson added 16 points and Rosie Moult finished with 12 to give Fresno State (9-5 overall, 1-0 MW) four players in double figures. The Bulldogs shot 44.4 percent for the game and went 15-for-18 at the free-throw line with Thompson leading the way by hitting all eight of her shots at the charity stripe.
"The balanced scoring is what we want to see every single night," Pebley said. "We're not a one-person show, there's a lot of people that you have to defend in different ways and versatility to our offense. It all started to come together for us tonight."
Pebley was pleased with her team's ability to move the ball and find open shots, which Sheedy was especially able to capitalize on Wednesday night.
"It was a good night for [Alex] shooting the three, and they were good open three's for her to take," Pebley said. "I think our team showed a lot of poise offensively, we used the shot clock really well and that created good open looks for us."
San Diego State (9-5, 0-1 MW) shot 42.1 percent in the game with guards Courtney Clements (20 points) and Chelsea Hopkins (18 points) leading the way. Clements is the Mountain West's leading scorer, but Fresno State negated her play in the first half when they were able to open up a 37-27 halftime lead.
Fresno State expanded that halftime lead up to 20 points after a 3-pointer from Robin Draper five minutes into the second half.
San Diego State countered with several runs, but the Bulldogs were able to answer them with timely buckets.
After that 20-point lead was cut to down to 10, Bree Farley hit a 3-pointer from the baseline that started a 7-2 Bulldog run.
SDSU got the lead back down to 11 before Sheedy buried her fourth trey of the game with 4:32 to play to give the Bulldogs a little more breathing room.
"That was huge that we were able to answer that and then back it up with a stop," Pebley said of her team's ability to counter the Aztec runs. "They were going to find scores, I think they are an extremely talented team and they too have more than one person that can score so we need to follow up those offensive answers with a defensive stop and we were able to get that."
The Aztecs kept the pressure on down the stretch, but Fresno State hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
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