Jan. 28, 2014
Game #20 Jan. 29, 2014 6 p.m. PT
Arena Auditorium (15,028) Laramie, Wyo.
Fresno State (12-7, 6-2 MW) at Wyoming (12-5, 3-3 MW)
Series record: Fresno State leads 10-9
Last Meeting: Fresno State 63, Wyoming 62 (3/15/13 Las Vegas, Nev.)
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
The Fresno State women's basketball team travels to Laramie, Wyo. to face the Wyoming Cowgirls on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT.
The Bulldogs are looking for their first-ever win at Wyoming, as Fresno State is 0-7 all-time in Laramie.
The 'Dogs do hold a 10-9 advantage in the series, winning 2-of-3 games against Wyoming last year in their first season in the Mountain West. Fresno State defeated Wyoming 63-62 on a game-winning basket from Ki-Ki Moore in the semifinals of the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships.
Wyoming took the first game of last season's series, 78-71 in Laramie before the Bulldogs won 61-47 at home over the Cowgirls a month later in the regular season.
Both teams shot the ball well against each other last year, with Fresno State connecting on 43.6 percent of its shots in the three games and Wyoming 42.5. UW did attempt 51 free throws to just 35 for the Bulldogs, but Fresno State forced Wyoming into 58 turnovers in the three games.
Fresno State and Wyoming both enter this season's matchup, the first of two in the regular season, having gone 2-2 in its previous four games. The Bulldogs are 3-1 in Mountain West road games, tying for the best road record in the conference, while Wyoming is 7-1 overall at home this season.
The Bulldogs lead the MW in scoring defense, allowing just 61.8 points per game, and in 3-point field goal defense. Wyoming will challenge the Bulldogs in both categories however, as Kayla Woodward, the MW Preseason Player of the year, rand Kaitlyn Mileto are tied for second in the league in 3-pointers made with 39. Woodward is third in scoring at 17.0 points per game.
► Junior guard Robin Draper scored a career-high 14 points for the 'Dogs in their win over UNLV last Saturday. She hit four 3-pointers in the victory, which matched her career-high for three's made in a game that she set against UT Arlington on Dec. 2, 2012.
► Sophomore forward Toni Smith has made the most of her opportunity with increased playing time these past two games. On Jan. 22 at Nevada, she set new career-highs with 12 points and seven rebounds. Then on Jan. 25 vs. UNLV, she went 3-for-4 from the field for six points and had four rebounds, three of which were on the offensive glass. She was Fresno State's most productive player off the bench last week and the Bulldogs were plus-24 on the scoreboard in her 36 minutes of action combinng the two games.
► For Fresno State, this will be its ninth-straight game to open league play without an idle date in the conference's schedule of Wednesday-Saturday games. After Wednesday's game at Wyoming, the Bulldogs will finally get an off date on Saturday. The 'Dogs and SJSU are the only schools that have yet to have a bye date in league action.
Wyoming opened the season by winning nine of its 11 non-conference games, but since has gone 3-3 in Mountain West play entering Wednesday's game with Fresno State. The Cowgirls are 7-1 at home this year, including 3-0 in MW play and have averaged 3,228 fans in attendance per game, which is the second-highest in the league behind New Mexico. The bulk of the scoring comes from three players, Kayla Woodward, Fallon Lewis and Kaitlyn Mileto. Woodward, the league's preseason player of the year, is averaging 17.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Lewis nearly averages a double-double, putting in 15.1 points per game and 9.8 rebounds. Mileto averages 13.9 points and 3.3 rebounds. Both Woodward and Mileto have hit 39 3-pointers, as those two account for 75.7 percent of Wyoming's made 3-pointers this season.
After taking two of the three games played between the two teams last season, Fresno State now leads the all-time series with Wyoming 10-9. The Bulldogs, however, are 0-7 all-time when playing at Wyoming. Last year, the 'Dogs lost 78-71 at Wyoming, but came back to win 61-47 at home a month later and defeated the Cowgirls 63-62 in the semifinals of the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Tournament.
In her last three games, senior guard Bree Farley has averaged 15.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and has seven assists and six steals. She started off the run by hitting the game winning basket with under 10 seconds to play in a road win at New Mexico on Jan. 18. Farley then had 14 points in a loss at Nevada and 16 points last Saturday in the win over UNLV. Farley has scored over 15 points eight times this season, but before this year had just four games in her first three seasons where she went for 15 or more points.
In three games against Wyoming last year, the Bulldogs forced the Cowgirls to turn the ball over 58 times and registered 34 steals.
Both Wyoming and Fresno State shoot the three-ball well. The Cowgirls' Kayla Woodward and Kaitlyn Mileto are tied for second in the league, each making 39 3-pointers this season. Fresno State leads the Mountain West with 151 made 3-pointers as a team and is second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage. The Bulldogs are also first in 3-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 29.3 percent shooting from downtown.
Junior guard Robin Draper has 89 career made field goals, 59 of which have been 3-pointers. That equals out to 66.3 percent of the baskets in her career have been three's. She is coming off last Saturday's game when she sank four three's in the 18-point win over UNLV.
After being out-rebounded by an average of 8.7 boards per game in three contests between Jan. 15-22, Fresno State came out and won the battle on the glass 47-34 against UNLV last Saturday. The Bulldogs pulled down 17 offensive rebounds against the Lady Rebels, which matched the total offensive rebounds the 'Dogs collected in their two previous games and was the third-highest offensive rebound total in a game this season. Bree Farley, Alex Furr and Toni Smith all had three offensive rebounds apiece against UNLV.
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