Feb. 20, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team shot a season-low 28.4 percent in a 60-54 loss to Nevada Wednesday evening inside the Save Mart Center.
The loss snapped Fresno State's 13-game winning streak over Nevada (7-17, 2-9 MW) and it was the Bulldogs' first-ever home loss to the Wolf Pack in 21 games played between the two school's in Fresno.
Fresno State (17-8, 9-3 MW) was 19-of-67 in the game from the floor, including a 4-of-28 (.143) mark from 3-point range.
Nevada utilized a 2-3 zone on the Bulldogs all night and head coach Raegan Pebley said she would have liked to see her team look inside for better shots on a night when the 'Dogs were cold shooting the ball.
"Taking 28 three's when you're having a tough time hitting shots is not our style of basketball," Pebley said. "Nevada did a good job forcing us to take those. I think we're very good 3-point shooting on most nights, but when you're playing against a team that is going to play a zone, you can't just sit out there and take three's the whole time."
Fresno State had a clear advantage on the boards, out-rebounding the Wolf Pack 46-34. The Bulldogs even had 24 offensive rebounds, but failed to cash in with their extra-possessions and scored only nine second-chance points.
"You get 24 offensive rebounds and Nevada outscores us in second-chance points," Pebley stated. "You got to be physical, you got to go back up [with the ball]. We had the ball in the paint and dribbled out many times instead of being aggressive and going right back at the rim again."
Nevada built a 57-49 lead with 2:18 left in the game by holding the Bulldogs to just six points over the previous seven minutes. Fresno State came roaring back behind junior guard Ki-Ki Moore, who finished with 20 points.
She hit two free throws to cut the Wolf Pack lead to six. Then after a steal on a Nevada rebound under the Bulldog basket, Moore converted a three-point play when she was fouled making her layup. That made it a 57-54 ballgame with 1:25 to go.
Rosie Moult blocked Chanelle Brennan's shot on the Pack's ensuing possession and the Bulldogs called a timeout with 48 seconds remaining, down by three and with possession of the ball.
Fresno State got two shots on that possession, but Alex Sheedy missed a jumper and Moult missed a game-tying three with 25 seconds left. Nevada hit 3-of-4 free throws in the closing seconds to put the game away.
"Definitely disappointed, definitely angry, we're upset because we shouldn't have lost but that's on us," said junior guard Taylor Thompson, who had eight points, eight rebounds and three steals. "Hopefully we use this to someway look at it as a positive thing and just keep moving forward and keep working hard for the next game. We have Boise [State] on Saturday, so that's what we need to focus on now."
The Bulldogs have shown resiliency this season and are 6-1 coming off a loss. Fresno State now travels to Boise State to face the Broncos on Saturday. The 'Dogs are 5-1 on the road in Mountain West play this season.
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