Dec. 2, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State scored the game's first basket and never looked back as they defeated UT Arlington 70-45 on Sunday afternoon at the Save Mart Center. The 'Dogs led by as many as 29 and did not trail in the game.
The 'Dogs shared the wealth offensively as minutes were distributed evenly. All 10 Bulldogs in uniform netted at least one bucket, while Alex Sheedy led the 'Dogs in scoring for the first time in her career with 14 points. Robin Draper scored in double-figures off the bench for the second consecutive game with 12, Draper set her career-high Friday night with 13.
"It's great to see Robin contribute two games in a row," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "Those habits build trust and when your coaches and teammates know what they'll get, you're going to get those opportunities."
Fresno State's defense recorded 19 steals and 30 turnovers overall, the 'Dogs netted 27 points off turnovers in the game. Taylor Thompsonhad a career-high seven steals in the win.
"Our aggressiveness defensively created a lot of easy offense for us," said Pebley. "If you're willing to work defensively and take a chance it's able to produce results on the offensive end."
Despite a slow start shooting from the field early going the 'Dogs capitalized by getting to the free-throw line, shooting 5-of-7 and from the line the first nine minutes and built a 14-7 lead over UTA.
Freshman Toni Smith entered the game and sparked Fresno State with five quick points off the bench to build the Bulldogs lead to 19-11 in six minutes of play in the first half. Smith finished the game with a career-best nine points and four rebounds.
The 'Dogs closed the first half with an 11-2 run in the final four minutes and went to halftime with a 33-17 lead over the Mavericks.
Fresno State extended its lead out of the break as they scored eight unanswered points before Rosalyn Thorpe of UTA drove the lane and broke the 'Dogs run at the 14:38 mark. Fresno State had built its lead to 41-19 at that point and cruised to its fourth victory of the season.
"This game was a great opportunity, our first 6-7 players were able to build a lead for us which allowed us to go deep in our bench and get some important players game experience," said Pebley.
The 'Dogs bench chipped in 32 points in the win.
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