Fears Scores 14 Against La Tech
March 2, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team battled a rejuvenated Louisiana Tech team and lost 80-62 on Monday evening at the Save Mart Center. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 19-8 and 10-4 in WAC while the Lady Techsters improved to 18-11 and 11-4 in conference.
The Bulldogs are a half-game out of first place in the WAC and must win their final two games in order to win at least a share of the conference championship.
"La Tech deserved credit for a well-played game," Fresno State coach Adrian Wiggins said. "They played hard and deserved the right to walk out of here with a win tonight. Unfortunately, I do not feel like we played a good enough basketball game. We had a lot of mistakes, missed opportunities, defensive breakdowns and it is something that is not acceptable this time of year."
The Bulldogs shot 40 percent from the floor and hit 12 3-pointers while the Lady Techsters shot 44 percent and out rebounded the Bulldogs 43-35.
The Bulldogs only lead of the game was at 9-6 seven minutes into the contest. Louisiana Tech then went on a 14-0 run to lead 20-9 with eight minutes remaining in the half. Fresno State got within five at 29-24 after a layup by Arnold with 1:59 left until halftime and trailed 33-27 at the break.
The Lady Techsters opened second period on a 12-3 run to lead 45-30 less than four minutes into the period. Fresno State came within five at 54-49 after another layup by Arnold with 10:15 left in the game.
Fresno State got no closer as Louisiana Tech built a double digit lead and led 73-57 with 2:21 to play.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs host New Mexico State in the final home game of the season Wednesday night at 7 pm in the Save Mart Center. All tickets are buy-one-get-one FREE! Tickets are on sale now through the Save Mart Center box office, by calling (559) 485-TIXS or online at ticketmaster.com.