Women's Hoops Seeks 3-0 Start in MW Play
    Taylor Thompson is averaging 14.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in her last three games
    Taylor Thompson is averaging 14.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in her last three games

    Jan. 6, 2014

    Fresno State Game Notes

    Game #14 • Jan. 8, 2014 • 6 p.m. PT
    Clune Arena (5,843) • Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Fresno State (8-5, 2-0 MW) at Air Force (1-11, 0-2 MW)
    Series record: Fresno State leads 4-0
    Last Meeting: Fresno State 80, Air Force 55 (3/2/13, Colorado Springs, Colo.)
    Radio: None
    Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
    TV: Mountain West Network

    OPENING TIP
    The Fresno State women's basketball team looks to improve to 3-0 in Mountain West play when the Bulldogs travel to Air Force for Wednesday's game at 6 p.m. PT.

    The Bulldogs have shot a hot 48.6 percent in their first two Mountain West games and have been led by the trio of Bree Farley, Alex Sheedy and Taylor Thompson. Those three have accounted for 64.2 percent of the teams offense in Fresno State's first two conference games of the season.

    Farley is coming off possibly two of her best back-to-back games in her career, as she averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the last two outings. She was named the Mountain West Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday for her superb play.

    In its last game out, Fresno State out-rebounded Boise State by 15 boards. It ended a four-game streak where the Bulldogs had been out-rebounded. Leading the charge on the glass is Jacinta Vandenberg, who has averaged 11 rebounds over the last two games.

    The Bulldogs have also played solid defense since the opening of Mountain West play, and for the most part the entire year. The Bulldogs are second in the MW in scoring defense for the entire season and in their last two games have held opponents to under 40 percent shooting and just 63 points both times.

     

     

    Fresno State is 4-0 all-time against Air Force and in two MW victories against the Falcons last year, outscored Air Force by an average of 19 points. The Bulldogs forced the Falcons into a total of 58 turnovers in those two victories.

    Bulldog Headlines
    Bree Farley leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage at .463 and is fourth in the MW with a field goal percentage of .486. She has shot 70.6 percent from the field in MW play thus far.

    ► Senior guard Taylor Thompson needs to score 21 more points to become the 20th player in school history to score 1,000 points in a career. She also needs just six more steals to break the school record for most in a career.

    ► Fresno State looks to improve to 3-0 in Mountain West play and 2-0 in league road games. Last season, the Bulldogs were 7-1 in MW road games with the one loss coming at San Diego State. The Bulldogs won 80-55 at Air Force last season.

    ► Fresno State's Jan. 11 home game against Colorado State has been picked up top be televised locally in Fresno and Clovis on CMAC. CMAC channels in the area are: Comcast Channel 94 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streamed online at www.cmac.tv.

    Scouting Air Force (1-11, 0-2 MW)
    Air Force enters the game with a 1-11 record on the season and 0-2 mark in Mountain West play. The Falcons average 56.3 points per game while allowing 74.3. Junior guard Jimi Blagowsky leads the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game while senior guard Cherae Medina is right behind her at 10.8 points per game. Sophomore guard/forward Madeleine Philpot, who has played in all 12 games and made five starts, leads the Falcons in rebounding with 4.1 boards per game.

    Series History with Air Force
    This will be just the fifth all-time game between Fresno State and Air Force and the Bulldogs won all four of the previous meetings. Last season, Fresno State's first in the Mountain West, the Bulldogs won 60-47 at home vs. Air Force and 80-55 in Colorado Springs. The two other meetings came in 1996 when the schools were both members of the WAC. Fresno State won both of those games, each by nine points.

    Jan. 11 Game vs. CSU to be Televised Locally
    CMAC, the community access television station for Fresno and Clovis, is partnering with Fresno State Athletics to broadcast the Saturday, January 11, women's basketball game against Colorado State. The game will be aired live starting at 2 p.m. on CMAC's Education Channel, Comcast Channel 94 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and streamed online at www.cmac.tv. Donny Barnes will handle the play-by-play while Marc Q. Jones will provide color commentary. The video crew will be comprised of community volunteers, Fresno State students and CMAC staff. CMAC is a membership-based, non-profit organization founded in 2012 that helps individuals, educators, non-profits and government agencies harness the power of media. Learn more about CMAC at www.cmac.tv.

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