Nov. 30, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
By Kasandra Martinson
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.--- In a game of 15 lead changes, the Fresno State women's basketball battled Seton Hall to a 64-58 loss in the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic championship game at historic Walsh Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
"While our 'Dogs played hard, Seton Hall made less mistakes than we did when it came down the wire," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "When you are trying to beat a team as good as Seton Hall it often comes down to who makes less mistakes."
The Bulldogs (3-3) had 17 turnovers to the Pirates 10 while shooting 32.1 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the 3-point line. The 'Dogs finished the game with 45 rebounds to the Pirates 48.
With 10 of the 15 lead changes coming in the first half, Fresno State went into halftime up 30-27 over Seton Hall. Making it only the second time the Pirates have been down at half this season.
Fresno State then went on 7-2 run in the first four minutes of the second half, extending their lead to 37-29. The Bulldogs led the majority of the half before the Pirates tied the game for the 10th time of the day at 51-51 with six minutes remaining. Seton Hall then went on a 13-7 run to close the game with a 64-58 victory.
In her 100th start for Fresno State senior Taylor Thompson led the Bulldogs for the second consecutive game with a team-high 15 points and five assists. Thompson also had four rebounds and two steals.
Jacinta Vandenberg recorded a career-high four blocks in just the first 20 minutes of play. The sophomore center went on to end the game with her second career double-double off of 14 rebounds and 10 points.
Moriah Faulk also stepped up big for the Bulldogs in hard fought loss to the Pirates. Faulk recorded her first career double-double off a career-high 14 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore guard also had three assists and two steals.
"Our team is continuing to realize just how good we truly can be," added Pebley. "As we mature and become more consistent the sky is the limit."
At the conclusion of the tournament Thompson and Faulk were named to the All-Tournament team along with Ka-Deidre Simmons and Sidney Cook of Seton Hall. The Pirates Tabatha Richardson-Smith was named tournament MVP.
The Bulldogs now return to the Save Mart Center for the month of December, as they host five straight home games starting with San Diego Christian on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.
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