'Dogs Fall to Washington State in Final Minutes
Nov. 22, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
By Kasandra Martinson
PULLMAN, Wash. --- After leading the first 30 minutes of the game, the Fresno State women's basketball team fell to Washington State (92-79) at Beasley Coliseum on Friday night.
Despite scoring a season-high 79 points, the Bulldogs (2-2) were unable to hold off Washington State who was led by Tia Presley's career-high 37 points.
"We just played an awful second half and there is no hiding that factor," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "We played very passive basketball and that led to their momentum swing and we just didn't fight back enough."
The Bulldogs started the game strong, leading for the first 30 minutes of play with their highest lead margin of 13 points right before halftime.
Fresno State shot a season-high 62.1 percent from the filed in the first half, and 66.7 percent from the 3-point line where they went 8-for-12 in the first 20 minutes.
The first time Washington State tied the game (24-24) was with 6:30 left in the first half. The Bulldogs battled right back with a three from Bree Farley and then went on a 10-3 run in the next two minutes eventually gaining a 12 point lead going into half.
Fresno State would go on to lead the next 10 minutes of play to start the second half until Washington State tied the game for the second time at 60-60 with 10:08 remaining. The Cougars then went on a 15-4 run in the next five minutes extending their lead to 11 with 5:35 on the clock.
The 'Dogs were able to cut the Cougars margin to seven though were unable to regain the lead the remainder of the game, falling to Washington State 92-79.
Senior Taylor Thompson highlighted the Bulldogs in the loss, scoring a career-high 25 points while shooting 6-10 from the field and 90 percent from the line.
"Taylor just tried to play really hard and tried to create some momentum for us," said Pebley. "I think her teammates will be better at responding to that for her in the future."
Farley scored in the double figures for the third time this season, recording a season-high 18 points.
Junior Alex Sheedy also set her season-high mark with 17 points and recorded a team-high seven rebounds.
"It's a really quick turnaround for next week, we are just going to keep focusing on ourselves and getting better," added Pebley. "We will try not to put too much attention on each team that we are playing, but just keep focusing on ourselves."
Fresno State is set to conclude its four-game road stand next week as they compete in the Seton Hall tournament in South Orange, N.J. facing Liberty on Nov. 29 in their first matchup.
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