Nov. 28, 2009
DALLAS, Texas - Jaleesa Ross scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team of the SMU Hoops For The Cure Tournament as she helped Fresno State beat Hampton 66-54 on Saturday evening in Moody Coliseum. Fresno State is now 3-3 and Hampton dropped to 2-3.
In the two games this weekend at SMU, Ross averaged 27 points a game, nine rebounds and shot 45 percent from the field. She also shot 43 percent from the 3-point line while hitting 12 in the two games.
LaShay Fears had 13 points, five assists and was a perfect seven-for-seven from free throw line. Rosie Moult had a game-high nine rebounds in 37 minutes of play. Fresno State shot 48 percent from the field and held Hampton to 39.7 percent shooting. The Bulldogs out rebounded Hampton 35-32.
"I thought we did a good job of trying to do the right things," Fresno State coach Adrian Wiggins said. "We weathered their early storm and it was a great test for us to face some full-court pressure. Overall, it was a great tournament to help us improve as a team. We are excited about our games coming up in December."
It took the Bulldogs awhile to pull away as there were six lead changes and three ties in the first 20 minutes. Hampton led by as many as six points at 22-16 with 6:24 to play until the break and did a good job of applying a full-court pressure on the Bulldogs throughout the game. Marnique Arnold then scored five straight points as she tied the game at 22 with 4:52 on a jumper and then hit a 3-pointer with 3:58 to give Fresno State a 25-22 lead.
The Pirates took a 30-27 lead with 28 seconds left in the half but Ross tied the game at 30 by hitting a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left before halftime.
The Bulldogs never trailed in the second half and opened up a 39-32 lead four minutes into the final period. The lead grew to 11 at 49-38 following another 3-pointer by Ross.
The Bulldogs biggest lead was 14 points at 66-52 with 24 seconds left in the game.
"We started beating them with the pass and with on ball screens rather than with the dribble," Wiggins said on his teams' second half play. "It was an adjustment the players made and it helped us get layups instead of turning the ball over."
The Bulldogs continue their road trip as they play at UC Irvine on Thursday at 7 p.m. and at Loyola Marymount on Saturday at 2 p.m.
"We Are Your Team"- Fresno State returns to the Save Mart Center on December 8 when it plays host to Sacramento State at 7 p.m. For ticket information click on the tickets link at the top of the page.
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