'Dogs Advance Past Liberty in Thanksgiving Classic
Nov. 29, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
By Kasandra Martinson
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.--- The Fresno State women's basketball team outscored Liberty 70-66 in the first round of the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic at historic Walsh Gymnasium on Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs (3-2) are now set to play in the championship game tomorrow.
"Liberty was a very good team, they have experience in the post as well as shooters out on the perimeter," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "We feel very fortunate that we can get a win. I thought our girls really fought hard, and we had some adversity that we fought through and I like how we responded to it."
After four lead changes to start the game, Fresno State grabbed the fifth and final lead with 12:20 remaining in the first half and led the remainder of the game.
After being up by five at half, the Bulldogs highest lead margin of 14 came with 13:36 left in the game. Although Liberty came close towards the end of play, the 'Dogs were able to hold the Flames off for a 70-66 victory.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson led Fresno State across the board with 19 points, six assists, eight rebounds and four steals. Thompson shot 5-for-12 from the field, making 50 percent of her 3-point attempts. This is the fourth time Thompson has scored in the double figures this season and her second time scoring over 15.
"Taylor is just such a leader for this team on and off the floor, she is a senior and she is playing like a senior," said Pebley. "She is willing to put the team on her back and this team is willing to support her, it is a nice balance."
Three other Bulldogs scored in the double figures for Fresno State in the win over the Flames- Alex Sheedy had 14 points, Bree Farley added 13 while sophomore Moriah Faulk recorded a career-high 12 points.
Fresno State will face the winner of the Seton Hall and Savannah State game tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. PT in the championship game on the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic.
"Both teams are athletic and both teams, we know we are going to have our hands full," added Pebley. "It is a great opportunity for our team to know how to play in a championship game and with the quick turnaround that we have."
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