Jan. 14, 2013
Fresno State Bulldogs (10-5, 2-0 MW) at Wyoming Cowgirls (12-3, 1-1 MW)
Game #16 MW Game #3 - Jan. 16, 2013
6 p.m. PT Arena Auditorium (15,028) Laramie, Wyo.
Radio: None Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Series Tied 8-8 Last Meeting: 2/26/98 - UW 78, FS 70 in Laramie, Wyo.
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Fresno State women's basketball team travels to Laramie to face the Wyoming Cowgirls on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in its Arena Auditorium.
Fresno State is the only team in the Mountain West with a 2-0 league record, but Wyoming's 12-3 overall record is the best in the conference. The Cowgirls are 7-0 at home this season and last defeated Nevada 92-41 last Saturday in their MW home opener.
The Bulldogs, at 10-5 overall on the season, have been playing their best basketball since New Years. In three games in 2013, Fresno State is shooting 46.4 percent as a team and has 47 assists against 37 turnovers in three victories. With a win on Wednesday, the Bulldogs can match their longest winning streak of the season.
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore continues to lead the Bulldogs in scoring. She ranks No. 3 in the MW by averaging 16.5 points per game. Her 22-point performance last Saturday in the win over New Mexico was her fourth 20-point game this season and 15th of her career. Moore was named the Co-Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday along with Boise State forward Lauren Lenhardt.
Even with Moore's high numbers, the Bulldogs feature a balanced attack. Rosie Moult averages 12.3 points per game and her 29 made 3-pointers are tied for the fourth most in the MW. Taylor Thompson adds 11.1 points per game and is 10th nationally in steals with 3.7 per game.
Alex Sheedy (9.9 ppg) and Bree Farley (7.9 ppg) chip in to give the Bulldog starting five a well-rounded attack.
► Fresno State has won three-straight games and done so on a hot-hand. The 'Dogs have shot 46.4 percent from the field and 45.1 from 3-point land over the past three games.
► The Bulldogs have won nine-straight games in the month of January and are 32-4 in January games since 2009.
► With two games on the road this week, it will end a stretch for the Bulldogs where they play 8-of-9 games away from home.
► Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore was named the MW Co-Player of the Week after averaging 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent in a pair of victories last week.
► Fresno State has the nation's fifth-longest active home winning streak at 18 games. The Bulldogs' last home loss was on Dec. 4, 2011 to No. 4 Stanford.
Fresno State vs. Wyoming - Scouting Report
The Bulldogs will be looking for their first-ever win at Wyoming when they play the Cowgirls on Wednesday. Fresno State is 0-6 all-time when playing in Laramie. Wednesday's game will be the 17th overall in the series between the two schools and the series is tied at eight wins apiece. The schools last met on Feb. 26, 1998 when Wyoming won at home 78-70.
Wyoming enters Wednesday's game with the league's best overall record at 12-3, but the Cowgirls are 1-1 in Mountain West play. UW fell at Boise State, 70-68, to begin conference play, but came back last Saturday and defeated Nevada 92-41 at home. Wyoming is 7-0 at home this year. Four Cowgirls are averaging over 10 points per game, with Chaundra Sewell posting 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Wyoming is the league's top rebounding team, out-boarding opponents by an average of 8.5 rebounds per game.
Moore Named MW Co-Player of the Week
Ki-Ki Moore collected her first MW Player of the Week honor and fifth of her career (four in the WAC) on Monday, as her and Boise State forward Lauren Lenhardt were named the Co-Players of the Week. Moore led the Bulldogs to a pair of wins last week in Fresno State's first two Mountain West games in school history, as she averaged 18.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and nine rebounds in the two victories. Moore got the Bulldogs off on the right foot, as she recorded her third double-double of the season and ninth of her career in leading Fresno State to a 80-72 road victory at preseason favorite San Diego State on Wednesday. Moore had 15 points and 11 rebounds to go with three steals and three assists in the win over SDSU. Then in Saturday's 69-65 victory over New Mexico, she went 9-for-15 from the field for a game-high 22 points. It was her fourth game this season and 15th of her career scoring 20 or more points. Moore added seven rebounds and three assists in the victory over the Lobos.
Looking to Carry Momentum
Fresno State has won its last three games and is looking to match its longest winning streak of the season when it travels to Wyoming on Wednesday. Over the past three games, Fresno State has shot 46.4 percent from the field and 45.1 percent from 3-point land. The Bulldogs have been efficient on offense, generating 75.3 points per game during the stretch and have 47 assists against 37 turnovers. Four different Bulldogs are all averaging over 10 points in the last three games with Ki-Ki Moore leading the way at 19.3 per game. Taylor Thompson has put in 15.7 points, Rosie Moult adds 13.7 and Alex Sheedy is at 10.3 over the last three games. Fresno State, who is the only 2-0 team in conference play, looks for more of the same this week as it hits the road.
Enough Gas in the Tank?
For Fresno State, the two games on the road this week marks the end of one long stretch of road games. After this week, the Bulldogs will have played eight of its last nine games on the road. Fresno State played six-straight road games from Dec. 14-Jan. 9. Then after its first home game in 33 days on Jan. 12, the Bulldogs head back on the road this week to Wyoming (Jan. 16) and Nevada (Jan. 19). After that, Fresno State plays seven of its last 12 games of the regular season at home. The tail end to the season is even more favorable to the 'Dogs, who play six of their final eight at home.
Moult Hits Double Figures for 60th Time
Senior guard Rosie Moult scored in double figures for the 60th time of her career last Saturday against New Mexico when she had 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting. It came in her 110th career game and she now has scored 10 or more points in 8-of-11 games this season. Moult, who is second on the team is scoring this season at 12.3 points per game, has scored 1,204 points in her career and averaged 10.9 points per game over the course of her four years at Fresno State.
Fresno State leads the Mountain West and ranks ninth nationally with 13.3 steals per game. The Bulldogs have 200 total steals on the year - 45 more than Nevada has in second place. Junior guard Taylor Thompson is the league-leader in steals with 52 total or 3.7 per game. She is tied for 10th nationally in steals per game. Behind her in second place in the league standings is Ki-Ki Moore with 44 steals (2.9 spg) and then Alex Sheedy is sixth in the MW in steals with 29 (1.9 spg).
Fresno State as a team is forcing opponents to turn the ball over 20.1 times per game, which leads the conference. The Bulldogs only average 14.7 turnovers per game themselves, giving them a turnover margin of +5.4. Only two Mountain West teams have a positive turnover margin, with San Diego State (+2.2) being the other team. Fresno State ranks 27th nationally in turnover margin.
January is Kind to the Bulldogs
Fresno State has won nine-straight games in the month of January dating back to last season and since 2009 it has a 32-4 (.889) record in the first month of the year. The Bulldogs won 7-of-8 games in January last year and 7-of-8 in 2011. In 2010, the 'Dogs won all nine of its games in January and in 2009 Fresno State went 6-2.
Bulldogs Open Up Mountain West Era with Pair of Victories
Fresno State won its first-ever Mountain West league game, doing so in impressive fashion when the `Dogs defeated preseason favorite San Diego State 80-72 on the road Jan. 9. Fresno State outplayed the Aztecs for 40 minutes, led by 10 at halftime and by as many as 20 points in the second half of the victory. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures and the team shot 44.4 percent from the field with 18 assists on 28 made field goals. Fresno State went 15-for-18 at the free-throw line, including going 7-for-8 in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
Then on Jan. 12, the Bulldogs defeated New Mexico 69-65. Fresno State led by as many as 17 with 11:57 left in the second half before UNM came back to cut that lead down to three with 4:17 to play. The Bulldogs hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to ice the victory. Fresno State shot 46.4 percent in the win, had 15 assists to nine turnovers and were able to overcome a 42-25 rebounding deficit to win.
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