Feb. 15, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - In a game that was a tail of two half's, the Fresno State women's basketball team was caught on the wrong end of a decisive second half as the Bulldogs fell at Colorado State 53-47 on Saturday at Moby Arena.
The 'Dogs held CSU (20-4, 12-1 Mountain West) to just 16 first half points on 22.2 percent shooting, but the Rams scored 37 second-half points on 50 percent shooting. Fresno State, which shot 43.5 percent in the first half and led by 11, was held to 27.6 percent shooting in the second half where 19 of its 29 field goal attempts were 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs were hurt by 17 turnovers in the game, including four early in the second half that helped CSU quickly erase Fresno State's 11-point halftime lead.
Colorado State has now won nine-straight games while the Bulldogs (14-10, 8-5 MW) have lost four-straight on the road.
Guard Bree Farley led Fresno State with 13 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Thompson added 12 points that all came on her four 3-pointers and Moriah Faulk scored 10. This was Faulk's first game scoring in double figures since Jan. 15 against San Diego State.
The Rams were 15-of-20 at the free-throw line while Fresno State had just two free-throw attempts, as the `Dogs were called for 11 more fouls than the Rams.
Fresno State was forcing Colorado State to keep everything outside of the paint in the first half. CSU didn't get to double digits on the scoreboard until we were 16 minutes into the game and the Rams made just 1-of-14 3-point attempts in that time.
The 'Dogs held a 21-13 lead with 2:51 left in the first half, as eight turnovers hurt Fresno State's chances of opening up a larger lead.
However, Fresno State finished the opening half strong with a barrage of 3-pointers to take a 27-16 lead into the locker room. Alex Furr, Faulk and Thompson all drained three's in the final 2:23 of the first half.
This was CSU's lowest scoring first half of the season and it marked the fourth time the Bulldogs have held an opponent under 20 points in the first half.
The start to the second half did not go as well for the Bulldogs, as they had four turnovers that helped CSU go on an 11-2 run to cut Fresno State's lead down to two in just over four minutes.
With the crowd getting behind the Rams, Thompson knocked down a big 3-pointer from the top of the key to end CSU's run.
Though 12 minutes of the second half, Fresno State hit just 5-of-16 shots and only 2-of-10 from behind the 3-point arc.
A pair of free throws from Ellen Nystron at 7:44 gave CSU its first lead since we were in the first four minutes of the opening half. Nystron then hit a running floater in the lane to give CSU a 43-39 lead with 6:21 to play.
Cue Thompson again. With the shot clock winding down, she again drained a three from the top of the key to silence the crowd and pull the Bulldogs back within one. That ended a seven-minute scoreless stretch for the Bulldogs.
However, Thompson's shot could not swing the momentum over to Fresno State and CSU held on in the end for the victory.
The Bulldogs are now back at home for a pair of games next week, beginning on Wednesday when the 'Dogs host Wyoming at home at 7 p.m.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.
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