Jan. 18, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Bree Farley's driving bucket down the lane with 2.6 remaining broke a tie game and lifted the Fresno State women's basketball team to a hard-earned 75-73 victory over New Mexico on Saturday at The Pit in front of a crowd of 6,911.
The Bulldogs, who overcame a challenging first half and survived a Lobo second-half run after building a 13-point with nine minutes to play, executed their set perfectly out of a timeout in the final seconds with Farley finishing for the game winner. It was reminiscent of last season's 51-50 victory at UNM when Farley's And-one in the final minute proved to be enough in that one-point win.
"The ball found its way into the hand of our Big Shot Bree," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "There are a few players that we are very confident in having the ball in their hands at the end of the game. The team executed very well and showed a lot of confidence in each other."
The road win, Fresno State's third in three league road games, pushed the Bulldogs' record up to 11-6 overall and 5-1 in Mountain West play. This was New Mexico's first home loss in conference play, as the Lobos fell to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the MW.
"[New Mexico head coach] Yvonne Sanchez's team fought hard and the Lobo fans are class acts," Pebley said. "We have a lot of respect for them. They are great for Mountain West basketball."
Junior guard Alex Furr was huge off the bench for the Bulldogs, scoring a game and career-high 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting while going 4-of-5 from the three. She single-handily kept the Bulldogs in the game in a tough first half by scoring 14 points in the first 20 minutes.
"Our bench and collective commitment was huge for us today," Pebley said. "We played at a pace we were going to need them and with foul trouble we needed them even more."
Farley and forward Alex Sheedy both came up big in that second half with 14 points each in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Sheedy went 7-for-10 from the field and had four rebounds to go with her 16 points while Farley was 6-for-11 from the field, had three assists and also three steals with 16 points.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson scored 10 points and she had seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. Thompson became Fresno State's all-time leader in steals in the game, surpassing Rosie Moult who set the record last season. Thompson now has 278 career steals.
The Bulldogs shot lights out in the second half after the tough opening 20 minutes. Fresno State hit 16-of-25 shots in the second half for 64 percent after shooting just 33.3 percent in the first half. They were 47.3 percent overall for the game and were a clutch 17-for-20 at the free-throw line with Furr leading the way at the stripe by going 6-for-7.
New Mexico shot 50.8 percent for the game and scored 18 second-chance points off of 16 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs did force UNM into 19 turnovers that led directly to 22 points, helping counteract the Lobos strong shooting that mostly came at the basket as New Mexico scored 40 points in the paint.
Fresno State now stays on the road, traveling to play at Nevada on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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