Dec. 1, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The University of Oregon came to the Save Mart Center with a 6-0 record and the Fresno State women's basketball team handed the Ducks their first loss of the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs rolled past Oregon 81-71 on Thursday night improving to 5-2 on the season.
"It's fun when we're all playing well," said junior Rosie Moult. "Oregon couldn't defend all of us, so one they guarded one of us, we found the person with an open shot. The extra pass helped us find someone with an open shot."
Moult, along with Madison Parrish and Ki-Ki Moore kept the Ducks on their toes throughout the game and charged the Bulldogs offense. Parrish came off the bench and sparked the `Dogs early lead. She finished the night with 14 points and shot 4-for-4 from the 3-point line.
"They are a fun group to watch and they play really hard," said head coach Adrian Wiggins. "They go out and give the effort needed to win. They deserve to enjoy a night like this."
Oregon came within five of the `Dogs before Moult heated up and hit three 3-pointers to increase the Bulldogs lead back to double digits. The Preseason All-WAC selection ended the night with 15 points and five 3-pointers. Moult also added a team-high four steals.
"Give a lot of credit to Oregon, they kept pushing us down the stretch with big shots and big rebounds," said Wiggins. "They kept mixing it up on defense, trying to keep us off balance and take our rhythm away. We handled it well and continued to work hard to get great shots. We made big plays and got big rebounds when it mattered."
Fresno State's leading scoring, Moore jump started a late 8-0 run for the `Dogs sealing the win. The sophomore scored 21 points and recorded 12 rebounds. Moore is averaging 19.6 points per game after the first seven games.
"She's been a really good player," said Wiggins of Moore. "She was a good player before she got here and we knew that. She's been herself and all last year she got better every day."
The last time the Bulldogs defeated a Pac-12 school was in 2006 against Arizona. The `Dogs defeated the Wildcats 69-60 on the road.
Steals and turnovers helped the Bulldogs take an early over Oregon. Fresno State's first half lead was energized by 18 points off the bench. Parrish led the team with nine points in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Parrish hit a huge three from a couple feet behind the 3-point arc to put the `Dogs up by seven with just over 13 minutes left until half time. The Ducks tied the game up at 11:47 mark, but Parrish answered with another 3-pointer giving the `Dogs the lead back.
Parrish continued to spark the Bulldogs as she recorded a steal and then kicking it out Moult for another trey. Parrish, a native of Hanford, Calif., was on fire as she hit her third 3-pointer of the half that put the Bulldogs up by 10.
Fresno State ended the first half with Taylor Thompson recording a steal that led to Alex Furr draining the seventh 3-pointer of the half. Thompson recorded eight assists against the Ducks. The Bulldogs headed to the locker room with 12 point lead over Oregon, 45-33. The `Dogs largest lead of the half was 15 points.
The Ducks opened the second half with a 6-0 run that was stopped by Alex Sheedy's layup under the basket. Oregon chipped away at the `Dogs lead and trailed by five points with 12:44 left in the game.
Moult sank three consecutive 3-pointers that increased the Bulldogs lead by 11 with just over 11 minutes to play. The Ducks continued to pressure the `Dogs late in the game and with 5:07 left on the clock took the lead.
Fresno State answered with a trey from Moore to regain the lead. Moore hit two more 3-pointers with 3:22 left on the clock and the Bulldogs led 74-69.
Parrish sealed the win by taking a charge under the Ducks basket and then came the down the court to drain a three. The freshman's fourth 3-pointer of the night set the team single-game record for 3-point field goals as the `Dogs combined for 17 beyond the arc. The previous record was 16 three's set last year against Boise State.
Moore finished the game with her first career double-double and the Bulldogs defeated Oregon, 81-71.
December Madness continues on Sunday, Dec. 4 against No. 5 Stanford at 2 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
"We Are Your Team!" December Madness continues on Sunday, Dec. 4 against No. 5 Stanford at 2 p.m. The Cardinal is the first of two-straight ranked opponents headed to the Save Mart Center. The first 2,500 fans in the building will receive free pom poms and kids will get a chance to shoot layups after the game.
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