'Dogs Open Home Stand with 82-28 Victory
Dec. 5, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif.- Coming off a four-game road trip, the Fresno State women's basketball team opened up a five-game home stand Thursday night with an 82-28 victory over San Diego Christian at the Save Mart Center.
"We told our team that we were going to need to come out and be really aggressive and just get some home mojo going," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "We're home in December a long time and we need to get this started off right."
The 28 points the Bulldogs allowed on Thursday are the fewest by any Mountain West team this season and the fewest allowed by a Bulldog team since Dec. 9, 2008 in a 68-29 victory over Cal State Northridge.
"I was pretty happy with how our team played," Pebley said. "We asked our team not to play to the scoreboard the whole night and to really just play to our potential."
The Bulldogs (4-3) held the Hawks (5-1) to just 22.4 percent shooting while forcing them to turn the ball over 28 times. Fresno State had 17 steals with Raven Fox leading the nine Bulldogs who recorded a steal, as she had four on the night.
Fresno State shot 45.3 percent and saw 11 different players score on the night. Moriah Faulk scored a game-high 13 points off the bench while Alex Furr and Emilie Volk both pitched in with a dozen points.
The 'Dogs out-rebounded SDC 51-27 and scored 25 second-chance points off of 23 offensive rebounds.
Fresno State opened up a 17-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the game, as San Diego Christian missed its first seven shots and the Bulldogs forced six turnovers before the Hawks put any points up on the board.
Jacinta Vandenberg, who finished the game with eight points and eight rebounds, scored six of Fresno State's first 11 points in the game.
After seven-straight points from Robin Draper, which included a 3-pointer from the wing, Fresno State stretched its lead out to 29-2 with 4:30 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs closed out the half by allowing SDC to score only nine points, reminiscent of last season when the Bulldogs held five opponents to under 20 first-half points. The Hawks were just 4-of-24 from the field in the first half with 13 turnovers.
Fresno State hit only four of its first 14 shots to open the second half, but SDC was 2-of-12 in that time.
Volek, who finished with a season-high in points, got the Bulldog offense going with eight points in a four-minute span thanks in part to a pair of 3-pointres. Her second three at 8:18 put Fresno State on top 60-19.
Game No. 2 of the five-game home stand is on Sunday when the Bulldogs host Santa Clara at 2 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
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