Feb. 27, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team held Colorado State to 14 first-half points and 42 total in the game in its 49-42 win over the Rams Wednesday in the Save Mart Center.
That is the fewest points given up by the Bulldogs this year, as Fresno State's defense led it to the victory that improved its record to 19-8 overall and 11-3 in Mountain West play.
"This time of year you just have to grind out wins," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "Even though we didn't have a great shooting percentage night, I felt like there was great confidence coming from the team on the defensive end."
Despite shooting a season-low 27.7 percent, the Bulldogs were never in danger of losing the game as they held a double-digit lead from the 6:38 mark of the first half all the way until there was 37 seconds remaining in the game. The 'Dogs led by as many as 21 points with under 10 minutes to play.
Fresno State only had nine turnovers in the game, tying for the fewest in a game this year. The 'Dogs forced the Rams into 16 turnovers Wednesday.
"I'm proud that we took care of the ball and we needed to," Pebley said. "We just couldn't give Colorado State possessions with careless turnovers."
Rosie Moult hit four first-half 3-pointers, two of which helped spark a 12-0 Fresno State run that gave the Bulldogs a 22-10 lead. Robin Draper added a pair of her own 3-poinnters in the first half, as the Bulldogs stayed hot from behind the arc after dropping in a season-high 14 three's in their last game at Boise State.
Moult finished the game with a team-high 14 points and she had four steals. The Bulldogs hit nine three's in the game.
Fresno State held the Rams scoreless for a 5:27 stretch during that run that opened up the game in the first half. CSU had just 14 first-half points on 7-of-28 shooting, which was the fewest first-half points the Bulldogs allowed this year and their fifth game holding the opponent to under 20 points.
"That's good defense, the numbers don't lie on that," Thompson said of the 'Dogs first-half performance. "I felt like we had good energy and we were focused on what we were doing."
Thompson opened the second half with three tray's and the Bulldogs stretched what was a 13-point halftime lead into a 38-21 advantage with 12:38 left to play.
"I have to be confident in my shooting, when I'm open I need to shoot it for my teammates," said Thompson, who finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. "I'm becoming more confident in my shot and I think it's good for the team."
Colorado State slowly cut away at the lead, finally getting it to under double-digits in the final minute of the game before the final buzzer sounded.
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