Fresno State Seeks Fifth-Straight Win on Wednesday
Jan. 13, 2014
Game #16 Jan. 15, 2014 7 p.m. PT
Fresno State (10-5, 4-0 MW) vs. San Diego State (4-9, 1-2 MW)
This is a rematch of last seasons top teams in the MW. San Diego State won the regular season championship, but the Bulldogs defeated SDSU to win the conference tournament. Wednesday's game is the first meeting between the schools since Fresno State defeated the Aztecs 76-70 to win the MW Tournament in its first season in the league.
The two teams split the regular season matchups last year, with each team winning on the road. The Bulldogs opened up conference play, their first-ever Mountain West game, by defeating San Diego State on the road 80-72. SDSU then came to Fresno a month later and ended what was a 20-game home winning streak for the Bulldogs at the time.
Fresno State holds a one-game lead in the Mountain West after defeating Colorado State 60-50 at home on Saturday. The Bulldogs and Rams entered the game tied for first place, but thanks in part to another strong defensive effort the 'Dogs were able to win their fourth-straight game.
Leading the Bulldogs to their 4-0 start in MW play has been senior guard Taylor Thompson who is averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in conference play. Thompson became just the third player in school history to score over 1,000 points and have over 400 assists in a career.
Fresno State is shooting 45.5 percent over its last four games and is holding opponents to just 54.8 points per game.
► Bree Farley is tied for third in the Mountain West by shooting 50 percent from the field this year. She continues to be the league's top 3-point shooter, connecting on 43.8 percent of her shots from behind the arc this season.
► Senior guard Taylor Thompson, who ranks third in the league with 2.1 steals per game, needs three more steals to become Fresno State's all-time leader in steals. She enters the game with 273 in her career.
► In three games against SDSU last year, Alex Sheedy averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while hitting 8-of-11 3-point attempts.
► In last Saturday's win over Colorado State, the Bulldogs held the Rams to a season-low 50 points. Fresno State leads the MW in scoring defense, only allowing 61.1 points per game for the entire season and just 54.8 points in its four MW games.
Scouting San Diego State (4-9, 1-2 MW)
Series History with San Diego State
Heading into the 39th all-time matchup between Fresno State and San Diego State, the Aztecs lead the series 25-13. The Bulldogs have won six of the last eight games, including three home wins at the Save Mart Center. The two teams faced off three times last season in the Bulldogs first year in the Mountain West. Fresno State won two of the three games, beating San Diego State 80-72 on the road and 76-70 in Las Vegas in the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship game.
Thompson Reached 1,000-Point Milestone
What is most impressive about Thompson reaching 1,000 career points is that she has done so while primarily being a distributor for much of her career. Thompson has played with four of the top 15 scorers in Fresno State history - Jaleesa Ross, Rosie Moult, Haley Munro and Ki-Ki Moore. Ross, Fresno State's all-time leading scorer, and Munro, ranked seventh in school history, were both seniors in Thompson's freshman season. Ross scored 538 points and Munro had 409 in that 2010-11 season when Thompson had 77 assists. Moult, ranked sixth in school history, scored 1,023 of her career 1,426 points playing three seasons with Thompson. Then Ki-Ki Moore scored 1,153 points over the last two seasons playing with Thompson. Last week, Thompson became just the third player in school history to register 1,000 points and over 400 assists in her career.