Nevada Hands Bulldogs First MW Road Loss
Jan. 22, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
RENO, Nev. - Nevada's Terilyn Moe scored two baskets in the final 1:15 of the game to hand the Fresno State women's basketball team a 63-60 defeat on Wednesday night at the Lawlor Events Center.
The loss was the first for Fresno State on the road in league play, as the 'Dogs fell to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the Mountain West. Nevada improved to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in the MW.
"Nevada played extremely hard and their effort showed on second half points off rebounds," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "We believe in defense winning games. Defense is not defense if you don't rebound. We didn't do this well enough and consistently enough to secure a win."
Fresno State trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half and five at the break, but started the second half on a 12-0 run. Nevada was able to claw its way back into the game after the early Bulldog run and cut what was a 47-41 Fresno State lead down to three by the 6:36 mark.
The Bulldogs held the lead all the way until Moe's bucket with 1:15 remaining that gave Nevada a 61-60 edge, its first since the first two minutes of the second half. Fresno State had a 3-pointer from Robin Draper go in-and-out after Moe's go-ahead basket.
Then after Moe scored again to put the Wolf Pack up by three, Taylor Thompson's 3-point attempt to tie the game didn't fall and Nevada held on for the comeback win.
Thompson led Fresno State with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. This was her 50th career game scoring in double figures. Bree Farley added 14 points and eight boards.
Sophomore center Toni Smith provided a needed lift for the Bulldogs off the bench, especially late in the first half and early in the second to help Fresno State get back into the game and retake the lead. She set new career-highs in the game for points scored (12), rebounds (seven) and minutes played (19).
"Toni was able to bring a spark off the bench for us," Pebley said. "No doubt we will need consistent rebounding efforts from her and others throughout the remainder of the season."
A big difference in Wednesday's game was Nevada scoring 23 second-chance points off of its 15 offensive rebounds.
After shooting 42.9 percent in the first half, Fresno State held Nevada to just 7-of-32 from the field in the second half. The Wolf Pack however got points at the charity stripe, hitting 11-of-16 free-throw attempts in the second half.
Fresno State shot 34.5 percent in the game and had 17 turnovers. The 3-point shot was not falling on this night for the Bulldogs, who were 4-of-21 from downtown including 0-of-12 in the second half.
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