Jan. 21, 2014
Fresno State Game Notes
Game #18 Jan. 22, 2014 6:30 p.m. PT
Lawlor Events Center (11,536) Reno, Nev.
Fresno State (11-6, 5-1 MW) at Nevada (7-9, 2-3 MW)
Series record: Fresno State leads 34-9
Last Meeting: Nevada 60, Fresno State 54 (2/20/13 Fresno, Calif.)
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
The Fresno State women's basketball team looks for its fourth-straight win on the road in Mountain West play when the Bulldogs travel to play at Nevada on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
The 'Dogs are the only team in the Mountain West to have picked up three road wins in league play. Fresno State has defeated Air Force on the road, won at UNLV to hand the Rebels their only defeat in MW play and beat New Mexico on the road last Saturday in arguably the toughest arena to play at in the conference.
Fresno State sports the league's top defense, as it only allows 62.4 points per game and forces 17.8 turnovers.
Then offensively, Fresno State also leads the league in 3-point shooting and has hit a MW-best 137 3-pointers.
Three Bulldogs are scoring in double figures this season with point guard Taylor Thompson leading the way with 13.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. She also has 37 steals on the season, which is the second-most by any player in the league.
Forward Alex Sheedy is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game and guard Bree Farley is third at 11.4. Both players scored 16 points in Saturday's win at New Mexico, each putting in 14 in the second half to help the Bulldogs close out the win.
Farley is the league's top 3-point shooter, as she is connecting on 45 percent of her shots from downtown and is tied for the team lead with 27 made 3-pointers. Her 49.3 overall field goal percentage is the fourth-best in the Mountain West.
The Bulldogs will be seeking their ninth-straight in Reno over Nevada on Wednesday and are 14-7 all-time when playing at Nevada.
► Senior guard Taylor Thompson became the school's all-time leader in steals on Saturday when she recorded three steals in the win at Nevada. Thompson, who also joined the 1,000 point club this season, now has a school record 278 steals. Wednesday's game will be the 115th of her career.
► Fresno State leads the all-time series with Nevada 34-9. The Bulldogs had won 13-straight overall in the series until the Wolf Pack defeated the Bulldogs in Fresno on Feb. 20, 2013 in the last game in the series.
► In two games last week Alex Sheedy averaged 18.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 60.9 percent from the field. In Mountain West play, she is averaging 16.0 points per game, which is tied for the fourth-highest average in the league.
► After its first four Mountain West games were all decide by nine points or more, Fresno State's last two games have been decided by a total of three points. The Bulldogs fell 70-69 to San Diego State on Wednesday of last week and won 75-73 at New Mexico on Saturday.
Scouting Nevada (7-9, 2-3 MW)
Nevada, standing at 7-9 overall and 2-3 in Mountain West play, has already equaled its MW win total from last season, just five games in to league play. The Wolf Pack are coming off a tough road loss at Boise State, in which Nevada nearly came back from a 16-point deficit before falling by three to the Broncos. That was on Wednesday of last week and the Wolf Pack did not play on Saturday. Nevada, under coach Jane Albright, has out-rebounded opponents in six of its last seven games and in 11 of its 18 games this season. The Wolf Pack are pretty balanced in scoring, with three players all scoring over 11 points per game.
Series History with Nevada
Wednesday's game will be the 44th in the series between the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack that started back in the 1977-78 season. Fresno State leads it all-time, 34-9 and has won 13 of the last 14 games played between the schools. The Bulldogs are 14-7 all-time when playing at Nevada and have won eight-straight on the road over the Wolf Pack.
Junior guard Alex Furr scored a career-high 22 points coming off the bench in 32 minutes in Saturday's win at New Mexico. Her 22 points shattered her previous career-high of 12 and her previous career-high for minutes played was 19 against Colorado State on Jan. 11. Furr was 6-for-8 from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point land and went 6-for-7 at the free-throw line.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson has scored in double figures in seven-straight games this season and has done so in 14 of the 17 games on the season. Her next game scoring 10 or more points will be the 50th of her career.
In its three league road wins this year, Fresno State has shot 47.2 percent from the field and outscored its opponent by an average of 17.3 points. The Bulldogs have hit 20 3-pointers in the three games and are 41-of-50 (.820) at the free-throw line.
Counting Mountain West games only, Fresno State is shooting 81 percent (81-of-100) at the free-throw line. That is the best percentage in the league.
Bulldog center Jacinta Vandenberg ranks third in the Mountain West with 27 blocked shots. Nevada center Mimi Mungedi leads the conference with 32 blocks.
Nevada ranks third in the league by scoring 72.1 points per game. Fresno State leads the Mountain West in scoring defense, only allowing 62.4 points per game.
After Wednesday's game at Nevada, the Bulldogs return home to host UNLV on Saturday at the Save Mart Center. The Rebels and Bulldogs enter the week as two of the only three teams that have just one loss in the conference. UNLV plays at Utah State on Wednesday.