'Dogs Seek 18th-Straight Home Win on Saturday
Jan. 11, 2013
New Mexico Lobos (8-6, 0-1 MW) at Fresno State Bulldogs (9-5, 1-0 MW)
Game #15 - Jan. 12, 2013
2 p.m. PT • Save Mart Center (15,546) • Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM with Christian Lukens • Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: New Mexico leads 7-4 • Last Meeting: 2/13/99 - UNM 71, FS 59 in Fresno, Calif.
Saturday's game is the first at home since Dec. 8, as Fresno State recently completed a six-game road trip where it went 3-3. The Bulldogs are 6-0 at home this year and have won 17-straight at the Save Mart Center dating back to Dec. 4, 2011 when it lost to No. 4 Stanford.
The Bulldogs have won their six home games this year by an average of 19.8 points and the 'Dogs have held opponents to just 52 points per game and only 34 percent shooting at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State (9-5, 1-0 MW) is coming off a big road win in its first conference game of the season. The Bulldogs went to San Diego State and upset the conference's preseason favorite when it outplayed the Aztecs in the 80-72 victory.
The Bulldog offense was as efficient has it has been all year in the win over the Aztecs. Fresno State shot 44.4 percent from the field, hit 9-of-21 3-point attempts (.429), was 15-for-18 at the free-throw line and its 18 assists are the second-most in any game this season.
Sophomore forward Alex Sheedyscored a career-high 18 points in the win and hit a personal-best four 3-pointers against the Aztecs. She was one of four Bulldogs in double-figures.
The Bulldogs have shot 46.4 percent from the field in their last two games, including a 48.5 clip from 3-point land.
► In her last four games, junior guard Taylor Thompsonhas averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 steals and shot 57.6 percent from the field. She is second in the MW in free throw percentage at .851 and has made 15 of her last 16 free-throw attempts.
► Fresno State has won eight-straight games in the month of January and is 30-4 in the first month of the year since 2009.
► UNM leads the series with Fresno State 7-4 and this is the first meeting between the two schools since Feb. 13, 1999.
► Fresno State's next home game lies on Jan. 12 when it hosts New Mexico. The Bulldogs have won 17-straight home games, which is the fifth-longest active home winning streak in the NCAA.
Fresno State vs. New Mexico - Scouting Report
New Mexico, under second-year head coach Yvonne Sanchez, is off to an 8-6 start to the season. UNM fell 68-57 at UNLV on Wednesday in its conference opener. The Lobos come to Fresno State having lost three-straight and six of their last nine. UNM is 1-4 on the road this year. Senior guard Caroline Durbin, a preseason all-conference selection, leads the Lobos in scoring at 12.7 points per game. She is shooting 43 percent on the year and had made nearly half (26) of New Mexico's 54 3-point field goals this season.
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At the Line