Nov. 20, 2012
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore and freshman center Jacinta Vandenberg both recorded double-doubles to lead the Fresno State women's basketball team to a 64-52 victory over Grambling State on Tuesday night at the Save Mart Center.
Moore had an impressive stat line in the Bulldogs' third game of the season where they improved to 2-1 overall. She led the team with 18 points, collected 10 rebounds, had six assists and four steals in what was her seventh career double-double.
Vandenberg scored 10 points in her third career game and collected 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. Fresno State as a team out-rebounded Grambling State (0-4) 47-33 and had 19 offensive rebounds, which led to 15 second-chance points. The Lady Tigers had zero second-chance points Tuesday.
Head coach Raegan Pebley was pleased to see her team overcome a cold night shooting the ball with solid defense in what was a physical game. Fresno State shot 38.6 percent Tuesday, but was just 7-of-29 from 3-point land for 24.1 percent.
"It was a very physical game and I actually like to see a very physical game," Pebley said. "We really felt good about the shots that we took tonight. We found good, open shots, they just didn't go down and you are going to have night's like that."
After a 3-pointer from sophomore Alex Sheedy and a transition layup from Moore gave Fresno State a 54-42 lead with 10:33 to play, the Lady Tigers went on a 9-1 run to cut the Bulldog lead down to 55-51 with 6:05 to play.
Guard JoAnna Miller, who led the Lady Tigers with 19 points in the game, fueled the run with a pair of 3-pointers.
After that, Fresno State clamped down on its defense and got a pair of key steals from junior guard Taylor Thompson. The first one led to a fast break jumper from Rosie Moult that started what was a 9-1 Bulldog run over the final six minutes to put the game away.
"Coach said in our timeouts that we just needed to be more aggressive," said Thompson, who had a game-high six steals. "I felt like we were passive a lot this game and settling. I felt like we should start being aggressive and our coaches did a good job in our timeouts of enforcing that."
Fresno State only allowed Grambling State to score one point in the final six minutes behind that aggressive defense.
"We knew our offense needed to come off our defense tonight," Pebley said. "That was going to be best way to try to break that zone [defense of Grambling State]."
Then, the shots started to fall in the end. Moult's 3-pointer with 2:56 to play gave the 'Dogs a 10-point lead.
"You have games where you are getting a lot of open shots and they just aren't dropping," Moult said.
Moult was one of four Bulldogs who scored in double figures. She finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Sheedy added 12 points off the bench and five rebounds.
Fresno State is now off for over a week. The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 28, when they play at Pacific. After that road game the 'Dogs enter a four-game home stretch with two of those games coming against Pac-12 opponents.
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