Dec. 16, 2012
By: Matt Burkholder
EUGENE, Ore. - The Fresno State women's basketball team could not hold on Sunday afternoon as the 'Dogs dropped a nail biter, 65-64.
In a game that saw 13 lead changes in the second half, the Bulldogs were left with the final possession with eight seconds left. On the final play at Matthew Knight Arena the 'Dogs could not come up with the game-winner as Rosie Moult's attempt from the right-wing hit the front side of the iron at the final horn.
The final two minutes alone saw the lead change five times, beginning with Taylor Thompson's 3-pointer to give the 'Dogs a 61-60 advantage and their first lead in four minutes with under two minutes to go. On the ensuing possession Moult stripped the ball away from Oregon's Jillian Alleyne but the 'Dogs turned it back over and sent Oregon to the charity stripe. Following the Ducks two made free-throws, Moult nailed a 3-ball from the corner on the next possession and the roller coaster continued as the 'Dogs led once again, 64-62, with a minute to go.
After an Oregon free-throw, the lead was trimmed to one and the Ducks fouled to put Thompson at the line for a 1-and-1 with time running out. The first attempt was no good and Oregon grabbed the board with 20 seconds remaining. The Ducks then went to its go to player Alleyne, she drove to the lane and missed a contested layup but scored on the put-back to put the Ducks ahead for good with under 10 seconds to go in the game.
"To win on the road, we have got to be tough," said head coach Reagan Pebley." It's got to be a toughness that comes from every single person and you have to have sustained effort to win these games."
Moult led the 'Dogs in scoring for the second consecutive game with 17 points, while Ki-Ki Moore recorded her eight career double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds).
Oregon reclaimed the lead after halftime for the first time since its opening basket, scoring seven straight points in the first minute of the second half.
"We're going to have to win on the road to give us a chance at the conference," said Pebley. "We're going to have to win at very tough places so the experience of this road trip will prepare us." "This is a process and we're going to get there."
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