Feb. 8, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose State forward Riana Byrd's layup with 1.3 seconds remaining broke a tie game and dealt the Fresno State women's basketball team a 68-66 defeat on Saturday from the Event Center.
The Bulldogs (13-9, 7-4 Mountain West) have now lost three-straight road games while the win for the Spartans (9-13, 3-8 MW) ends their four-game losing streak.
"They were able to get it done," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "It was very close for us getting a stop, but they hit a great shot. Today we had kids come off the bench and perform at a high level. Toni Smith had a double-double and Raven Fox brought us good energy."
Fresno State led by as many as 12 in the first half, but the Spartans were able to cut away at that lead and tied it up in the first two minutes of the second half. After that, it remained fairly close.
The 'Dogs did open up a 10-point lead with 8:36 remaining, but SJSU countered with a 13-1 run to take a two-point lead of their own with five minutes to play.
A 3-pointer from Rebecca Woodberry and a bucket from Jasmine Smith put the Spartans on top 66-61 at the 1:58 mark.
Bree Farley knocked down a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs to make it a one possession game with 1:19 remaining.
The Bulldogs were then able to get two stops on defense to keep it a one possession game and with 30.8 second on the clock, Robin Draper went to the free-throw line after being fouled on a drive to the basket.
She calmly knocked down both free throws to tie the game at 66.
After a timeout by the Spartans to set up a play, Byrd was able to lay the ball in amongst a crowd of Bulldogs to give San Jose State the victory.
Toni Smith was huge for Fresno State off the bench, registering her first career double-double. She scored a career-high 14 points and collected a personal best 12 rebounds.
Draper finished with 10 points and two steals.
San Jose State was led by Woodberry and Ta'Rea Cunnigan, who combined for 40 points and eight of the 11 3-pointers the Spartans made in the game. Woodberry had 22 points and eight rebounds on the night where six of her seven made field goals were three's. Cunnigan scored 18 on 6-of-24 shooting, had eight rebounds and six assists.
It was a physical game with the two teams combining for 42 fouls and 42 free throw attempts. The Bulldogs were hurt at the line by only making 13-of-22 attempts.
Fresno State returns to the Save Mart Center to host Nevada on Wednesday in its Pink game. The Bulldogs will be wearing pink jersey's to raise awareness for breast cancer and those jersey's will be auctioned off online at GoBulldogs.com afterwards, with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Central Valley and Play4Kay organizations.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.
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