March 1, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team came back from a first-half 10-point deficit to defeat San Diego State 67-63 on the road in Viejas Arena on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (18-10, 12-5 Mountain West) have now won four-straight, matching their longest winning streak of the season, and maintain their hold on second-place in the league standings with one game left in the regular season.
"The fact that we only gave them three offensive rebounds in the second half I think is tremendous and a key to our victory," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "Picking up with some of our pressure also helped, but this is the time of the year where you have to pull out all stops to get the win. We had a great sixth-man with our softball team here in attendance today and that was a huge help in the second half as well - we had our own crowd."
After allowing 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, the Bulldogs only gave up three in the second half. Fresno State also shot the ball much better, particularly from behind the 3-point arc, in the second half and that was a key in outscoring San Diego State 41-34 in the final 20 minutes to earn the road victory.
The Bulldogs shot 48.0 percent in the second half compared to 38.5 percent in the first 20 minutes.
Fresno State was led by Bree Farley, who had 16 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the field.
Junior forward Alex Sheedy returned from a 10-game absence due to a lower leg injury and looked like she didn't miss a beat. Sheedy scored 12 points and had five rebounds in 24 minutes.
"She's another good presence for us in the paint and gives us another body in there that can rebound and score," Pebley said of Sheedy's return and what she brings to the team. "She's got a lot of experience under her belt and leadership capabilities, so I think that was good [having her back]."
The Bulldogs ended up out-rebounding the league's top rebounding team, holding a 36-34 advantage on the glass. Guard Taylor Thompson led Fresno State with nine rebounds. She also finished with nine points, ending her streak of 17 consecutive games scoring in double figures.
San Diego State (11-15, 8-8 MW) used a 17-8 run over seven minutes late in the first half to open up a lead of 10. Fresno State countered with a 7-0 run of its own, getting five points in that time from Farley, to go into halftime trailing only by three, 29-26.
Fresno State, which was 1-for-9 on 3-point attempts in that first half and the one make came in the opening minute, found their range in the second half. The 'Dogs got threes from Farley, Thompson and Moriah Faulk in a span of two-and-a-half minutes to go on an 11-2 run and take a 43-41 lead with 11:49 remaining.
SDSU briefly recaptured a 48-45 lead, but a three from Sheedy tied the game and sparked a 9-1 run to put Fresno State up 54-49. That was the Bulldogs' largest lead of the game at that time and it came with 4:23 left on the clock.
Fresno State executed down the stretch, opening up a nine point lead with under a minute to play and doing so by hitting their free throws. The 'Dogs were 9-of-12 at the free-throw line in the final two minutes to put away San Diego State.
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