Feb. 26, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
BOISE, Idaho - The Fresno State women's basketball team escaped with a 78-72 overtime victory at Boise State on Wednesday in Taco Bell Arena to snap a three-game road losing streak.
The Bulldogs (17-10, 11-5 Mountain West) saw their 18-point halftime lead evaporate, but held strong in overtime to earn the victory and season sweep over the Broncos (15-11, 10-5 MW). The win also allows Fresno State to move a half-game up over Boise State and Nevada for second place in the Mountain West standings.
"This is a win and it is so hard to win this time of the year, especially on the road," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "We're going to really focus on the positive and that is we got a road win in a very important game against a team that was second place in our conference."
Taylor Thompson scored eight of Fresno State's 10 points in overtime, including hitting the go-ahead layup to break a tie game with 39 seconds remaining. She then sank all four of her free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
"I thought she and [Alex] Furr were very aggressive for us, they did exactly what we needed to do in overtime to get our opportunities at the rim and at the foul line," Pebley said. "I think our defense won us that game in overtime as well."
Boise State scored just four points and hit just 2-of-7 field goal attempts in the overtime period after shooting 51.5 percent in the second half.
"We went to a defense in overtime that we hadn't used yet and I think that threw them off a bit," Pebley said.
Thompson finished with a game-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists. Furr added 10 points for her fourth game scoring in double figures this season.
Moriah Faulk was big off the bench, especially in the second half with timely buckets that included two 3-pointers and a put-back after an offensive rebound to answer the Broncos once they got back into the game. She finished the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds - her third double-double of the season. Faulk is now averaging 11.0 rebounds over the last three games.
Bree Farley was the fourth Bulldog that scored in double figures Wednesday. She was 4-of-8 from the field for 13 points and she added four rebounds.
Fresno State held a 41-23 lead at the half after holding the Broncos to 28 percent shooting (9-of-32) through the first 20 minutes of action.
Boise State used a 15-6 run in the first seven minutes of the second half to cut Fresno State's 18-point halftime lead in half.
The Broncos, who were 0-for-7 on 3-point attempts in the first half, then hit four three's in a two-minute span to slice the Bulldog lead down to one, 48-47 with just over 11 minutes to play. Three of those four threes were drained by guard Yaiza Rodriguez.
The Bulldogs would go on to lead by as many as eight the rest of the way in regulation, but the Broncos, who never led in the game, scored the final six points in the last three and a half minutes to force overtime. Rodriguez's jumper with 17 seconds remaining tied the game to push it to overtime.
Fresno State shot 45.5 percent overall on the night and out-rebounded the Broncos 42-36. Jacinta Vandenberg had a game-high 11 rebounds for the 'Dogs.
The Bulldog now travel to San Diego State to face the Aztecs in their final regular season road game on Saturday at 2 p.m.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.
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