Bulldogs Top Santa Clara at Home, 69-49

Dec. 8, 2013

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By Kasandra Martinson

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team used a well balanced attack in a 69-49 victory over Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon at the Save Mart Center.

The Bulldogs (5-3) had four players score in the double figures and won its second straight game at home as part of a five-game home stand in the month of December.

"That's a staple of the offensive system that we've run last year, this past year and then prior to coming here, I like having an offense where you can't just zero in on one or two players, where everybody feels confident in their ability to score, they know how to help each other play to their strengths and that we don't ever have to really take contested shots," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "We can trust our offense if it comes early in the shot clock, or if it comes late, we're willing to work for the best shot."

Taylor Thompson and Alex Sheedy had 12 points each and Robin Draper added 10 on the board for Fresno State. Sophomore Moriah Faulk led the Bulldogs with a team-high 15 points.

Faulk scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and registered her second double-double in her last three outings off of a season-high15 points and 13 rebounds.

"She's becoming more consistent, more consistent in practice and that's showing up in games," Pebley said. "She's got the ability to impact a lot of the different stat lines, getting to the foul line, steals and assists. We're happy with where she's at right now."

The Bulldogs opened the game on a 10-0 run behind seven points from Sheedy, her last bucket a 3-pointer from the baseline that caused Santa Clara to call a timeout. The Broncos bounced right back after that, going on a 12-4 run to cut the Bulldog lead down to two over the next five minutes.

Faulk came off the bench and energized the 'Dogs by scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first half to help Fresno State take a 36-17 lead at the break.

"There was a concerted effort on how we started the game and we wanted to end the half really strong," said Pebley. "We were just really trying to carrying things over from one half to the next as well, I fell like that has been something in the last two games that we've improved on."

Santa Clara turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, as the Bulldog defense was applying heavy pressure. Bree Farley had four of Fresno State's 10 steals, which matched her career-high.

Fresno State out-rebounded Santa Clara 47-32 and the Bulldogs had 15 offensive rebounds that led to 18 second-chance points helping them to the 69-49 victory over the Broncos.

The 'Dogs are set to play the third game of their five-game home stand next Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. as they host Portland at the Save Mart Center.

"We've had to games at home so far in December and we get to stay here in these friendly confines the rest of the month," added Pebley. "It's a great opportunity for us to finish the semester academically strong before we get into finals and also really get some good practice as well. That is something our team needed. Anytime you get to play in front of the Red Wave helps."

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