Feb. 12, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Bree Farley posted her second double-double of the season and scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Fresno State women's basketball team to a 73-48 victory over Nevada in the Bulldogs' breast cancer awareness game on Wednesday at the Save Mart Center.
Farley was 10-of-21 from the field and hit four 3-pointers, all in the first half, to best her previous career-high of 21 points that she set in her junior season against Cal-Maritime.
"My role this year has been different to any other year I've played here at Fresno State, especially with [Alex] Sheedy being out," Farley said. "I think I'm just trying to embrace doing a little extra for the team and just not giving up good shots. I've been trying to get to the stage that I got to tonight and it's just nice when your teammates and coaches have faith in me to look after the ball and be a scorer for the team."
The Bulldogs, who were coming off a tough two-point loss on a last second shot at San Jose State last weekend, improved to 14-9 overall and 8-4 in the Mountain West. The win also avenges the Jan. 22 loss to Nevada in Reno, and pushes the Bulldogs ahead of the Wolf Pack in the MW standings. The two teams entered the day tied for third in the conference race.
"I'm really, really proud of how our team responded today," said head coach Raegan Pebley, who's team is now 15-2 in her tenure when coming off a loss. "We needed it and it was great to not only get it, but get it the way we did."
Wearing pink jersey's and having breast cancer survivors in attendance, the Bulldogs played an inspired game on breast cancer awareness night. The breast cancer survivors honored at the game also spoke with the team afterwards in the locker room.
"Our team I thought fought really hard and played inspired basketball," Pebley said. "They had many reasons to play inspired basketball, nonetheless it's our Play4Kay game and we also wanted to honor Betty James. But also, just the opportunity to go and beat Nevada after we felt we did not play a great basketball game last time at their place.
"You got to give Nevada credit. I told our team after the game they got to be the most feisty and hardest working team top to bottom, every single player has embraced that identity for the Wolf Pack."
Fresno State held the Wolf Pack to just 28.6 percent shooting, the lowest field goal percentage allowed in conference play by the 'Dogs.
The Bulldogs themselves did not have problems putting the ball in the basket, building a 13-point halftime lead and finishing with the 25-point win. Fresno State shot 46.3 percent in the game and hit eight 3-pointers, seven of which came in the first half.
Along with Farley's four first-half 3-pointers, Robin Draper added three triples in the first 20 minutes.
Farley nearly outscored Nevada by herself in that first half. She finished with 18 points before the break while Nevada had just 24 first-half points on 32.3 percent shooting. Farley also had seven of her 10 rebounds in the game in the first half.
Draper finished with 11 points and has now scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the second time in her career.
Center Jacinta Vandenberg put in nine points, had nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
The pink jersey's worn in Wednesday's game will be auctioned off at GoBulldgos.com with the proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Central Valley and Play4Kay organizations that support breast cancer awareness and research.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.
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