Jan. 3, 2014
Game #13 Jan. 4, 2014 2 p.m. PT
Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (7-5, 1-0 MW) vs. Boise State (5-6, 0-0 MW)
Series record: Fresno State leads 20-9
Last Meeting: Fresno State 72, BSU 55 (3/14/13, Las Vegas, Nev.)
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
The Fresno State women's basketball team is set to host Boise State on Saturday in its first home league game of the season, as the Broncos and Bulldogs will play at 2 p.m. inside the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State has won nine-straight games over Boise State, as the two schools were previously WAC foes from 2001-11 before renewing the conference rivalry last season when the 'Dogs joined the Mountain West.
The Bulldogs opened up Mountain West play on New Year's Day with a 79-63 win at UNLV. Four of Fresno State's five starters scored in double figures in that game with Alex Sheedy (20 points) and Bree Farley (15 points) leading the way.
Fresno State forced UNLV into 25 turnovers and had 15 steals in the win. Last season in three wins over Boise State, the Bulldogs forced the Broncos to turn the ball over 23 times per game. In the quarterfinal victory over Boise State in last season's Mountain West Tournament, Fresno State set a tournament record by forcing Boise State to turn the ball over 29 times.
For Boise State, this will be its Mountain West opener as the Broncos did not play on Wednesday when league play began. They are entering the game coming off a 66-64 win over Cal State Fullerton in Boise that snapped a three-game losing streak.
Both Fresno State and Boise State have four players scoring in double figures this season.
Miquelle Askew leads Boise State with 15.2 points per game while Taylor Thompson is the Bulldogs' top scorer at 12.2 points per game.
► This will be the 30th all-time meeting between the two schools. Fresno State leads the all-time series 20-9 and won all three contests vs. Boise State last season, including a 72-55 win to open the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Tournament.
► Senior guard Taylor Thompson is closing in on a couple career milestones. She needs six more steals to become Fresno State's all-time leader in career steals and 32 points to become the 20th Bulldog in school history to score 1,000 points in a career.
► Fresno State shot a season-high 50.9 percent in Wednesday's victory to open Mountain West play. The Bulldogs were shooting just 37.7 percent entering that contest. Last season, Fresno State shot just 38.8 percent in non-conference play but 43.2 percent in league play.
► Guard Bree Farley and center Jacinta Vandenberg are coming off of games where they set career highs. Farley had a personal-best seven steals vs. UNLV while Vandenberg blocked a career-high five shots in Wednesday's victory.
Scouting Boise State (5-6, 0-0 MW)
Boise State, who was picked to finish eighth in the Mountain West preseason poll, opens conference play by facing last season's top two teams in the Mountain West. After facing the Bulldogs on Saturday, Boise State then heads down to play at San Diego State. The Broncos are 5-6 on the year and recently snapped a three-game losing streak this past Sunday when they defeated Cal State Fullerton 66-64 in Boise. The Broncos have lost all four road contests this season. Boise State is being led by sophomore center Miquelle Askew at 15.3 points per game (6th MW) and team-best 6.8 rebounds per game (8th MW), followed by redshirt-sophomore forward Lexie Der at 11.2 ppg (22nd MW) and team-second-best on the glass at 6.6 rpg (10th MW).
Series History with Boise State
Fresno State leads the all-time series with Boise State 20-9, as Saturday's game will be the 30th in the series that began in 1984. The Bulldogs have won nine-straight in the series, which including sweeping all three games from the Broncos last year. Fresno State is 9-3 all-time at home against Boise State with eight straight home victories.
Sheedy Takes Over
In Fresno State's 79-63 win at UNLV on Wednesday, junior forward Alex Sheedy took over the game in the second half for the Bulldogs. She scored 14 of her season-high 20 points after halftime to lead Fresno State. The Bulldogs led by 15 at the half, but UNLV came out strong to start the second and quickly had that lead down to 11. Sheedy silenced the Rebels and sparked a 17-5 run by scoring 11 points in a four-minute span that pushed the Bulldog lead up to 23.
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