Fresno State hosts UC Riverside on Monday, gets one last tuneup before opening WAC play
Jan. 1, 2011
Bulldogs To Wrap Up Nonconference Play
Fresno State will wrap up its nonconference schedule with Monday night's game against
UC Riverside. Gaining some momentum heading into WAC play is key, as the Bulldogs
open the conference season at Utah State on Jan. 8.
Scouting The Highlanders
UC Riverside comes to Fresno State having lost its past four games. Most recently, the Highlanders suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Pepperdine (65-61) and UC Irvine (53-46) respectively. In UC Riverside's Big West Conference opener against UC Irvine, Alyssa Morris posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Highlanders were just 3-of-18 from 3-point range in the loss.
The Series vs. UC Riverside
Fresno State has had a wealth of success against the Highlanders. The Bulldogs are 8-1 against UC Riverside and have won the past seven matchups, most recently a 68-67 victory during the 2007-08 season.
Last Time Out
Fresno State put forth one of its best efforts of the season in a narrow 82-78 loss to USC on Wednesday. Senior guard Jaleesa Ross scored a season-high 29 points and moved into second place on the Bulldogs' all-time scoring list. She was 7-for-12 from the 3-point line, and her seven makes tied a career high.
Emma's Triumphant Return
Senior point guard Emma Andrews returned to the Fresno State lineup for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery last spring in Fresno State's 75-72 win over TCU on Dec. 4. Andrews scored six points -- and hit the game-winning bucket -- in 19 minutes of playing time. She also had four assists and one steal.
Bulldogs Ink Three For 2011-12
Fresno State Picked To Win WAC, Again
Fresno State signed three players to national letters of intent. Madison Parrish (Hanford,Calif./Hanford HS), Raven Fox (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley HS) and Saidah Allen (Oakland,Calif. /Piedmont HS) will all join the Bulldogs for the 2011-12 season. Parrish is considered one of the premier point guards in Valley history. She led Hanford to its third consecutive Central Section title last season, averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.4 rebounds. Fox averaged 16.1 points and 3.6 steals per game as a junior at Deer Valley High, and Allen scored 22.3 points per game last season at Piedmont.
Given the way the Bulldogs have performed in the WAC recently, perhaps it's no
surprise they were selected to win the conference title again this year. Fresno State, winners of three consecutive WAC championships, collected seven of nine first-place votes in the recent coaches' preseason poll and 14 of 18 in the media poll. Senior guard Jaleesa Ross
was selected as the preseason player of the year.
Ross' Record Watch
Senior guard Jaleesa Ross heads into her final season with her sights set on a number
of prestigious marks. One of the best 3-point shooters in the nation, Ross has made
327 3-pointers during her career and currently sits in third place in the WAC for 3-point field goals made. Already Fresno State's leader in that category, Ross is 66 away from becoming the NCAA's all-time leader for 3-pointers made. Former Kansas State guard Laurie Koehn holds the current record with 392 treys. Ross made 103 last season.
Ross' Record Watch Part II
Jaleesa Ross is also threatening to become Fresno State's all-time leading scorer. She has already amassed 1,665 points in her career and is currently in second place on the Fresno State all-time scoring list. She needs 114 more points to leap to the top of the list, surpassing Yvette Roberts (1,778 points).
"We Are Your Team!" -- Fresno State wraps up its nonconference slate Monday night against UC Riverside. Please note the 5:30 p.m. start time. The Bulldogs men's team will follow with an 8 p.m. contest against Nevada. For more information, visit Gobulldogs.com.