Dec. 14, 2012
By: Matt Burkholder
Portland, Ore. - The Fresno State women's team could not overcome its second half struggles Friday evening and fell to the Portland Pilots 76-69 at the Chiles Center.
After a hot start shooting in the first half and a 3-point barrage to close the half, the 'Dogs opened up a 13 point lead heading into the break, 45-32. Portland came out scoring the first eight points of the second half and kept most of the momentum throughout the period as they outscored Fresno State 44-24 in the second half.
"We didn't take care of things you have to do on the road to secure wins," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "To open the half Portland out worked us on the boards and all the loose balls."
Portland outrebounded the 'Dogs 40-32 in the contest.
Portland took its first lead of the game with 12:19 left in the second half, 51-50. The Pilots pushed its lead to as many as eight, 58-50, half way through the period as they outscored the 'Dogs 26-5.
The 'Dogs clawed back into the game as the game went back-and-forth over the next seven minutes. Both teams put together runs of their own starting with the 'Dogs 8-2 run to narrow the Pilots lead to two points. Portland pushed right back with six consecutive points of their own to extend its lead back to eight with five minutes to go. Fresno State then reeled off a 9-0 run, capped with Ki-Ki Moore driving the lane and picking up the foul to add one more to take the lead back 61-60 with 3:08 left.
It would be Fresno State's last lead as Portland outscored the 'Dogs 10-2 to close the game. The Pilots went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, while the 'Dogs went 1-of-5 from the field in final minutes.
To close the first half four different Bulldogs hit six consecutive 3-point field goal attempts over the final four minutes, led by Rosie Moult who was 3-of-3 in that stretch.
Moult led Fresno State in scoring with 17 points.
"On road swings like this you have to learn quickly and refocus immediately," Pebley added.
The 'Dogs will next make the trek down I-5 to Eugene to face the Oregon Ducks on Sunday at 1 p.m.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.
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