Dec. 5, 2012
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif.- The Fresno State women's basketball team defeated the USC Trojans 65-60 in a thrilling roller-coaster game on Wednesday night to remain undefeated at the Save Mart Center under first-year head coach Raegan Pebley.
Wednesday's game was a tale of two halves as each team faced a scoring drought and a sizable run against one another. Although, the `Dogs run in first half proved to be enough to withstand the Trojans second half surge.
"We knew it was going to be a 40-minute game," said junior guard Ki-Ki Moore. "Just because we had that lead, USC wasn't going to give up and we knew we would have to fight the entire game."
Moore scored 15 points to go along with seven rebounds in the win.
Fresno State held the lead in first half in all but one minute and 32 seconds. The Trojans claimed its first lead at the 8:43 mark in the first half before the `Dogs took the lead back. The `Dogs responded to the Trojans first lead with a 14-0 run to close the half while forcing the Women of Troy to 15 consecutive missed field goals in the final eight plus minutes.
In the first half Fresno State held USC to just 20 points on 8-of-34 shooting.
The 'Dogs found themselves owning a 25 point lead with 11 minutes remaining in the contest, but that was when the Trojans stormed back. USC turned up its defensive pressure and began pressing the `Dogs. USC held Fresno State without a field goal for the next 10 minutes and poured in 17 unanswered points in that time.
"Pac-12 teams are physical teams," said Pebley. "They're a team that has great size and plays smart basketball, but I look at more of what we did to allow them to set their press up against us."
The Fresno State lead was trimmed to as little as three points with 13 seconds left before an intentional foul was called against the Trojan's Brianna Barrett on Taylor Thompson. Thompson sank two clutch free-throws and pushed the lead back to five to seal the victory.
"Tonight was a total team effort," said junior guard Thompson. "There are a lot of things we didn't do that we can fix, and we know what we need to do to fix it."
Thompson led Fresno State with 20 points and efficient shooting from the field (6-9) and free-throw line (7-8).
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