Women's Hoops Looks to Bounce Back on the Road
Jan. 16, 2014
Game #17 Jan. 18, 2014 1 p.m. PT
Fresno State (10-6, 4-1 MW) at New Mexico (7-8, 2-2 MW)
The Bulldogs are coming off a heartbreaking home loss to San Diego State on Wednesday. After trailing for the last nine minutes of the game, Fresno State took a one-point lead with 18 seconds remaining on two free throws by guard Taylor Thompson.
San Diego State's Danesha Long was able to hit a contested 15-foot jumper with seven seconds remaining to give the Aztecs the win and hand Fresno State its first conference loss in five games.
That loss was just the fourth for the Bulldogs in the month of January in the last five seasons, as Fresno State now is 33-4 in January games since 2010.
The Bulldogs are 2-0 on the road this year in Mountain West play with wins at UNLV and Air Force. UNLV just defeated New Mexico at home on Wednesday, 78-56.
Fresno State is 8-2 overall in league road games since joining the Mountain West last year and defeated the Lobos on the road last season 51-50. UNM, which as of all games through Jan. 13, ranks 11th nationally by averaging 5,729 fans per home game this season. The Pit is one of the hardest arenas to play in and it should be extra packed on Saturday as UNM is hosting a `Pack the House' event for the game.
In last seasons win at the Pit, the game that featured 10 lead changes in the final 11 minutes. Bree Farley's And-one with 55 seconds remaining proved to be enough as the Bulldogs handed New Mexico its fourth-straight home loss.
► New Mexico leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs 7-6, but Fresno State swept the two games between the schools last year. The 'Dogs won 51-50 in their lone trip to The Pit last season, which was their first win at UNM in six tries.
► Junior guard Taylor Thompson, who last week became the 20th player in school history to score over 1,000 points in a career, tied the school record for steals in Wednesday's loss to San Diego State. She has 275 career steals, tying Rosie Moult who set a new school record last season. Thompson's next steal will give her the record all to herself. Her 34 steals this year are the third-most by any player in the Mountain West.
► Fresno State shot just 36.4 percent in Wednesday's loss to SDSU, which was due to a second-half 6-for-27 shooting performance. It was the first time in conference play that the Bulldogs shot below 40 percent, as they were shooting 45.5 percent in their first four MW games of the season. In two league road games, Fresno State is connecting on 47.2 percent of its shots and is averaging seven 3-pointers a game.
► This game features the top two scoring defense teams in the MW.
Scouting New Mexico (7-8, 2-2 MW)
Series History with New Mexico
Saturday's game will be the 14th in the series between Fresno State and New Mexico with the Lobos holding a one-game edge, 7-6. UNM took 5-of-6 games from the Bulldogs from 1995-99 when both schools were members of the WAC. The two teams then did not meet again until last season when Fresno State joined the Mountain West. The Bulldogs took both games from the Lobos last year, winning 69-65 at home on Jan. 12 and 51-50 in Albuquerque on Feb. 13. That win at The Pit last year was Fresno State's first in six tries.