Feb. 6, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
LAS VEGAS - The Fresno State women's basketball teams grinded out a gritty 72-66 win on the road Wednesday night to record its season-best fifth straight win.
"We feel fortunate to get this win on the road, this conference is such a battle," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "I give 100 percent of the credit to the players, this game was not going to come down to some amazing adjustment, it was about their will to win."
Coming out of the halftime break with the score knotted up at 32 a piece, neither team could pull away from one another. Through the first six minutes of the second half the lead went back and forth seven times.
UNLV grew its lead to as much as five points with 11:57 to go in the game before the 'Dogs began to bite back.
"There was a point in the second half during a time out when they set back, took a deep breath, and refocused," said Pebley. "They knew they were going to have to gut this game out."
The 'Dogs chipped at the lead over the next four minutes, outscoring the Lady Rebels 7-2 during the next three and half minutes. Robin Draper, off the bench, came up with two crucial back-to-back three's, a turning in point in which coach Pebley found to be pivotal.
"Robin hitting those two three's was really big for us, as well as some our elder statesman keeping us in the game," said Pebley.
Rosie Moult was the 'Dogs leading scorer with 21 points. As the Lady Rebels got within one point with 1:38 left, Moult hit arguably the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down to put the 'Dogs up by four.
Taylor Thompson and Ki-Ki Moore sealed the game from the line down the stretch, combining to go 9-of-10 from the line in the final minute. As a team, Fresno State was 20-of-26 from the line in the game.
Thompson finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, Moore broke her streak with nine-straight games with 15 points or more as she finished with 10.
Alex Sheedy was the fourth Bulldog to score in double-figures with 14. Sheedy was an efficient 6-of-9 from the field, going 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc.
In the first half the 'Dogs opened the night scoring the games first 10 points, UNLV was forced to call timeout less than two minutes into the game, holding an 8-0 lead.
The momentum swung in the favor of the Rebels over the next seven plus minutes, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-4. From that point forward it was a game of runs for each team as the game went back-and-forth until halftime. The game was tied at 32 at the break.
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