Feb. 15, 2009
BOISE, Idaho - The Fresno State women's basketball team ended Boise State's 15-game home WAC winning streak on Sunday by beating the Broncos 70-58 at Taco Bell Arena. The Bulldogs remain in first place in the WAC with a 9-3 mark and an 18-7 overall record. Boise State dropped to 14-11 and 7-4 in conference.
"It's the first time we won here in quite a few years," Fresno State coach Adrian Wiggins said. "We recognize it. Boise is a good team and they are playing well. I think they are going to have a lot of victories here in the next few games."
The last time Fresno State won in Boise was Feb. 25, 2006 when the Bulldogs defeated the Broncos 65-55. The Bulldogs have had success on the road this year as they just finished a four-game road trip with a 3-1 record and they have played seven of their last nine games away from the Save Mart Center by going 5-2 on the road.
"We had great mental toughness," Wiggins said. "We just played four games on the road, won three and we are mad. I like it. So I am really pleased with the teams and coaching staffs expectations. We just have to keep fighting."
Jaleesa Ross tied her career-high of 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field. She hit six 3-pointers, had four assists and six rebounds.
"She had a great offensive night but she made a lot of great defensive plays too," Wiggins said.
Joh-Teena Filipe played a season-high 28 minutes and got her first start of the season on Sunday. She scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Ashley Walker came off the bench and scored 10 points in the second half.
The Bulldogs trailed for most of the first half. Down 29-20 with 6:09 to play until the break, Fresno State closed out the half on an 18-4 run to lead 38-33 at intermission. The Bulldogs took its first lead on a 3-pointer by Amundsen with 1:28 left in the half to give Fresno State a 34-33 lead.
In the first five minutes of the second half, Boise State tied the game at 43 with 15:01 to play. Ross then hit a 3-pointer and Filipe scored to up the lead to 48-43 two minutes later.
Fresno State took its first double digit lead at 55-45 with 11:29 left in the game on a free throw by Walker. With 3:11 to play in the game, Fresno State had its biggest lead at 68-53 after a jumper by Arnold. The Bulldogs also led 70-55 with 2:18 to play in the game.
The Bulldogs have 12 days off before returning to the Save Mart Center on Feb. 27 when they play host to Nevada.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs return to the Save Mart Center on Friday, February 27 as they host Nevada in the Save Mart Center at 7:00 pm. It's Pink Zone Night and $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Central Valley Affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets are on sale now through the Save Mart Center box office, by calling (559) 485-TIXS or online at ticketmaster.com. .
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