Dec. 28, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - No. 4 Stanford defeated the Fresno State women's basketball team 86-54 on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center.
The Cardinal (11-1) shot 48.5 percent and hit 12 3-pointers to win their 10th-straight game.
For Fresno State, it closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 6-5 record heading into Mountain West play. The Bulldogs open the conference season on New Year's Day at UNLV.
"This was a great opportunity for our team," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "If you want to beat the best, you got to play the best.
"I'm proud of our team's effort. I think minus about eight minutes of play in the second half, our team competed really well. It was a physical game, I thought we battled and were undersized at almost every single position... Our girls didn't back down and they kept competing."
Forward Alex Sheedy led Fresno State in the game and notched her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sheedy hit two of Fresno State's five 3-pointers in the game, but the Bulldogs only shot 28.6 percent on the night.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson added 14 points for her eighth game scoring in double figures this year. Thompson also pulled down four rebounds, had two assists and one steal in the game. She now has 269 steals in her career and is seven away from breaking the school's all-time record for steals in a career.
"They're No. 4 for a reason, they are a great team," Thompson said of Stanford. "Going into this game I told our players don't play to the scoreboard, play every minute of the game and I think for the most part that's what we did. I don't think this is a bad loss, I think this will help us in the long run, down the road in conference."
Fresno State had a season-high attendance of 4,833 at Saturday night's game, which is the highest-attended women's basketball game since setting a program record on March 1, 2012 when 7,689 fans attended a Bulldog victory over LA Tech.
"I'm really, really proud of our Red Wave and how they came out and supported our team tonight," Pebley said. "Really good crowd and that says a lot about this community and how they support not just Fresno State Athletics, but women's athletics."
Stanford was led by forward Chiney Ogwumike who scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds. She entered the game ranked fourth nationally in scoring and 10th in field-goal percentage. Ogwumike was 9-for-11 from the field in 23 minutes of action.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.
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