Nov. 3, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team opened its 2013-14 season on Sunday with an exhibition 81-42 victory over Notre Dame De Namur at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State saw 12 of its 13 players that played in the game score as head coach Raegan Pebley is looking to build depth early in the season.
"Tonight we wanted to No. 1 win, No. 2 have some fun, it's great when you can do both of those, but also be able to get a lot of experience on the floor," Pebley said.
With seven newcomers mixed in with eight returning letterwinners and three returning starters, Pebley and the Bulldogs shuffled different lineups out on the court Sunday to get a look at what they do best. An important part of that, according to Pebley, took place over the summer.
"This is the first year that in the offseason we've been able to work with our players, especially in the summer," Pebley said. "We were able to do individual workouts with them and we knew it was going to be really important for our team because we have so many newcomers and young kids."
Senior guard Taylor Thompson added 10 points, seven steals, five rebounds and two assists in just 17 minutes.
"You can see Taylor's minutes were down, but we tried to get some experience with our backup point guards and really try to develop them," Pebley said. "Getting them grown-up fast by conference is going to be really important to our team."
Those players include freshmen Emilie Volk, who started in the game, and Natascha Hartvich. Volk scored two points, had one rebound and one assist in 18 minutes while Hartvich had nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point land.
Other guards that hit the court for the first time coming off injuries were guards Alex Furr and Moriah Faulk. Furr had three steals and two assists in the game and Faulk had seven points and three assists.
"I was happy with tonight in that our depth showed some pretty good execution," Pebley said. "To see our bench execute the way they did was pleasing."
The Bulldogs, like they did last season, played strong defensively and forced 25 turnovers in the game while holding Notre Dame De Namur to 32.7 percent shooting. Fresno State was able to score 31 points off turnovers.
Next up for Fresno State is its regular season opener on Friday, Nov. 8, against UC Merced at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
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