Jan. 25, 2013
Fresno State Bulldogs (12-6, 4-1 MW) at Colorado State Rams (5-12, 1-3 MW
Game #19 MW Game #6 Jan. 27, 2013
1 p.m. PT Moby Arena (8,745) Fort Collins, Colo.
Radio: None Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Colorado State leads 8-2 Last Meeting: 2/22/97- CSU 73, FS 62 in Fort Collins, Colo.TELEVISION:
CBS Sports Network | Play-by-Play: Rich Cellini; Analyst: Tammy Blackburn
The CBS Sports Network is available in Fresno on: Comcast Ch. 418 (732 for HD); AT&T U-Verse: Ch. 643 (1643 HD); Direct TV: Ch. 613; Dish Network: Ch. 158 Opening Tip
Fresno State, winners of five of its past six games, is set to play its first TV game of the season when it faces Colorado State on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT in CSU's Moby Arena.
The CBS Sports Network is televising the game live with Rich Cellini and Tammy Blackburn calling the game.
Sunday's game will be Fresno State's sixth in league play and its fourth on the road. The Bulldogs are already 2-1 on the road in Mountain West action, having defeated San Diego State and Nevada.
The Bulldogs are currently tied with the Aztecs for first place in the conference with a 4-1 overall league record. Fresno State is averaging a Mountain West-best 72.8 points in conference games and also tops the league in field goal percentage (.479) and 3-point field goal percentage (.433) in MW games.
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore ranks third in the MW in scoring at 16.7 points per game. In the six games of the month of January, she has averaged 18.7 points and shot 50 percent from the field.
Fresno State as a team has been on fire offensively in January. The Bulldogs are shooting 48 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point land this month. Rosie Moult has been Fresno State's top threat from downtown, as she is tied for the conference lead with 40 made 3-pointers - having sunk nine in the last two games.
The Bulldogs will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak to the Rams, although Sunday's game will be their first against CSU since Feb. 22, 1997.
► The Bulldogs are looking for their third road victory in what is their fourth league road game. The 'Dogs and SDSU are the only teams in the MW with two road wins in conference play.
► Fresno State is 34-5 in January games since 2009.
► The Bulldogs are tied with San Diego State atop the Mountain West standings.
► Bulldog head coach Raegan Pebley was an assistant coach at Colorado State from 1999-01.
► Fresno State is forcing opponents to turn the ball over 19.7 times per game and the Bulldogs average 13.2 steals per game.
► Fresno State has the nation's fourth-longest active home winning streak at 19 games. The Bulldogs' last home loss was on Dec. 4, 2011 to No. 4 Stanford.
Fresno State vs. Colorado State - Scouting Report
Saturday's meeting between Colorado State and Fresno State will be the first between the school's since Feb. 22, 1997. The Rams lead the all-time series 8-2 and have won the past five games, although that was quite some time ago. Fresno State has a 2-3 record when playing CSU in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Rams enter Saturday's game with a 5-12 overall record and 1-3 mark in Mountain West play. CSU is 4-5 at home this season, but lost both of the home league games it has played to San Diego State and New Mexico. Forward Sam Martin leads the team in both points per game (11.9) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) while guard Caitlin Duffy adds 11.5 points and has hit a team-high 23 3-pointers. CSU is second-to-last in the MW in scoring at 55.2 points per game, but the Rams play good defense and only allow 59.2 points. Opponents have shot just 35.6 percent against them and they force 15.7 turnovers per game.
Moult Finds Her Range
Senior guard Rosie Moult shot 29.3 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from 3-point range in her first eight games of the season. However, since January rolled around Moult has been tearing it up. In six games this month, she is shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from downtown. Moult has made nine 3-pointers in her last two games and 17 in her last six. Her 40 made 3-pointers on the season are tied for the most in the conference despite the fact that she missed four games early in the season due to injury. She has three games this season where she has hit five or more 3-pointers and 16 in her career. Moult, who has scored 1,237 career points, ranks No. 2 in school history with 292 made three's.
Moult's 15 points in Wednesday's victory over Boise State was the 30th game of her career where she has scored 15 or more points. She is averaging 11.8 points in conference play this year and 12.0 overall for the season.
More from Moore
Ki-Ki Moore continues to dominate in Mountain West play. On Wednesday, she poured in 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting with a team-high seven rebounds, a season-high seven steals and she added five assists to her stacked stat line. Moore is averaging 18.2 points in conference play, which is the second-highest in the league behind San Diego State's Chelsea Hopkins' 18.4 average. Moore, like the rest of the team is hot, shooting 47.9 percent in conference play. For the entire season, she ranks third in the MW with her 16.7 scoring average. She has been in double figures in 17-of-18 games, scored 15 or more points 13 times and went for 20 or more five times.
Leading From the Point
Bulldog point guard Taylor Thompson, who is averaging 11.5 points per game this year, ranks fifth in the Mountain West with 4.1 assists per game, third in field goal percentage at .485, fourth in free-throw percentage at .813, first in steals with 56 and fourth with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.8. As she goes, the Bulldogs go and Thompson has been at her best these past six games. In that time, Thompson is shooting 51.9 percent from the field, averaging 14.7 points, has 29 assists to just 15 turnovers and posted 14 steals. Fresno State is 8-2 this when she has three or more steals.
Every Month Should Be January
Fresno State is 34-5 in January games going back to 2009 and the 'Dogs are 5-1 this month. This January has been a hot month for the Bulldogs. As a team, they are shooting 48 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point land. The Bulldogs are averaging 73.5 points per game, and don't forget about their defense. Fresno State in January is forcing 17.2 turnovers per game and 12.3 steals in the six games this month.
The Bulldogs are a perfect 8-0 at home this season. In fact, Fresno State has won 19-straight at home dating back to last season. The Bulldogs' last home loss came on Dec. 4, 2011 to No. 4 Stanford. Fresno State's 19-game home winning streak is the fourth-longest active home winning streak in the country.
'Dogs Pressure D Too Much for Boise State
Fresno State's full-court pressure defense forced Boise State to turn the ball over 20 times as the Bulldogs defeated the Broncos 70-57 on Wednesday. It was the eighth time this year the 'Dogs have held their opponent under 60 points and Fresno State posted 18 steals in the win - its seventh game of the season with 15 or more steals. After a first half where neither team led by more than four points and there were five lead changes, the Bulldogs went on a 14-6 run to open the second half and blow the game away.
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