Air Force Falcons (2-16, 1-4 MW) at Fresno State Bulldogs (13-6, 5-1 MW)
Game #20 MW Game #7 Jan. 30, 2013
7 p.m. PT Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM with with Christian Lukens Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Fresno State leads 2-0 Last Meeting: 2/13/97- FS 49, AFA 40 in Fresno, Calif.
The Fresno State women's basketball team puts to test the nation's fourth-longest active home winning streak on Wednesday when the 'Dogs host Air Force at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs are a perfect 8-0 at home this year, where they are outscoring opponents by 17 points per game. Fresno State has won 19-straight overall at home dating back to last season, which is the longest home winning streak in school history.
Wednesday is Salute to Services night at the Save Mart Center and all military personnel will receive free admission to the game.
The Bulldogs (13-6, 5-1 MW) enter Wednesday's game hot, having won six out of their last seven games. Fresno State's last three wins have all been by 10 or more points.
In the last three wins, the Bulldogs have held their opponent under 60 points, forced an average of 18.3 turnovers per game and posted 12.7 steals in that time.
For the season, Fresno State ranks 10th nationally with 12.9 steals per game. Taylor Thompson, Ki-Ki Moore and Rosie Moult rank one, two and three in the Mountain West in steals. Those three have combined for 155 steals this season, which is more than five of the other eight teams in the Mountain West have. Air Force's entire team only has 133 steals this year.
Wednesday's game will be just the third-ever between Fresno State and Air Force. The Bulldogs won both of the first two meetings that were played back in the 1996-97 season. Air Force and UNLV are the only two MW opponents the Bulldogs have yet to play this season.
► 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.
► The Bulldogs have made 30 3-pointers over their last three games, the most of any three-game stretch this season. Fresno State is shooting 44.8 percent from downtown over the last three games.
► Fresno State is 35-5 in January games since 2009. The Bulldogs have gone 6-1 in January this year.
► The Bulldogs are tied with San Diego State atop the Mountain West standings.
► Fresno State has held each of its last three opponents under 60 points. The Bulldogs have forced 18.3 turnovers in the last three games and averaged 12.7 steals in that time. The 'Dogs rank 10th nationally in steals.
Fresno State vs. Air Force - Scouting Report
Air Force enters Wednesday's game at the bottom of the Mountain West standings with a 2-16 overall record and 1-4 mark in league play. The Falcons average 54.8 points per game on 34.4 percent shooting. They allow opponents to score an average of 71.6 points and shoot 40.8 percent on them.
Fresno State and Air Force have played one another just two times before in the history of the programs and both meetings were back in the 1996-97 season. The Bulldogs won both of those games by nine points. The first meeting was on Jan. 18, 1997 when the 'Dogs beat Air Force 62-53 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Then on Feb. 13, 1997, Fresno State held the Falcons to just 40 points in the win at home.
On the Defensive
Over the last three games Fresno State has held each of its opponent to under 60 points and they have done so by pressuring its opponent to turn the ball over. Fresno State has held 10 teams to 60 or fewer points this season, forced 18.3 turnovers per game and posted 12.7 steals per game. Forcing turnovers has been the name to Fresno State's game all season. The Bulldogs lead the Mountain West in turnovers forced with 19.4 per game this season and their 246 steals are 54 more than any other team in the conference has. Fresno State ranks 10th nationally with 12.9 steals per game and junior guard Taylor Thompson ranks 23rd in the country with 3.2 steals per game. Thompson, Ki-Ki Moore and Rosie Moult are the top three in the Mountain West in steals per game and between the three they have combined for 155 steals. Those three have more steals than five Mountain West teams have - New Mexico (142), Colorado State (141), Boise State (138), Air Force (133) and Wyoming (89).
The Bulldogs have also done a good job taking care of the ball. Fresno State leads the Mountain West in turnover margin at +4.8 and its 14.6 turnovers per game is the second lowest average in the conference. The Bulldogs rank 34th nationally in turnover margin. Taylor Thompson and Ki-Ki Moore both rank in the top 10 in the MW in turnover ratio. Thompson is third at +1.8 and Moore is 10th at +1.0. Thompson is fifth in the conference with 4.1 assists per game and Moore is seventh with 3.6, making Fresno State the only team in the Mountain West to have two players ranked in the top 10 in assists per game. The team as a whole averages 14.5 assists per game, which ranks second in the conference
'Dogs Stay Hot
Fresno State, who has won six out of its last seven games, has remained hot over this stretch shooting the ball. The Bulldogs are shooting 48.1 percent as a team over the last seven games and 44.8 percent from 3-point range. The Bulldogs have hit 60 3-pointers in the last seven games, including 30 in the last three which is the most in any three-game stretch this year.
Farley Leads The Charge
While the team has been dialed in offensively, Bree Farley has been Fresno State's hottest shooter this month. Over the last seven games she is shooting 55.3 percent from the field to help her average 10.3 points per game in that time. She is shooting 57.1 percent from the three and has hit nine out of her last 15 3-point attempts in the last four games. On last Sunday at Colorado State, Farley set a new career-high with five made 3-pointers on seven attempts. Her touch from downtown helped her score 15 points in the win, which was her third double-digit scoring performance in the last four games.
Forward Alex Sheedy is another Bulldog dialed in right now from downtown. She has hit 11 of her last 16 3-point attempts and for the season has a team-high 41.2 percent mark from 3-point range (21-of-51).
Moore of the Same Ki-Ki Moore led the Bulldogs to a pair of wins last week when she averaged 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and 4.5 steals. She shot 59.3 percent from the field during the week. In Wednesday's victory over Boise State, Moore was 8-for-12 from the field for 20 points. It was her fifth game this season scoring 20 or more points in a game and she added seven rebounds, a season-high seven steals and five assists. Then in Sunday's win over Colorado State, Moore helped the Bulldogs pull out to an 18-point halftime lead by scoring 16 points in the first half. She finished the CSU game with 18 points and she had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Moore has been very consistent this season and has scored in double figures in 18-of-19 games. She has scored 15 or more points in eight-straight games and been the Bulldogs' leading scorer 11 times, which includes five of Fresno State's six Mountain West games. Moore ranks in the top 10 in the Mountain West in scoring (16.8 ppg - 3rd), rebounding (6.2 rpg - 10th), assists (3.6 apg - 7th) and steals (3.0 spg - 2nd). Over the last seven games, she has averaged 18.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. Moore is shooting 50.5 percent in that time and has a team-high 19 steals.
Every Month Should Be January
Fresno State is 35-5 in January games going back to 2009 and the 'Dogs are 6-1 this month. 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.
Winning On The Road
Fresno State has played the most road games - both overall (11) and in league play (4) - of any team in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs had a tough start to the season when playing away from home, losing five of their first six road games. Since then, Fresno State has won four out of its last five road games. The Bulldogs are 3-1 in MW road games, helping them to their current position in a tie for first place in the league standings. With a high number of road games to start the season, the tail end of the schedule gets much easier for Fresno State. The Bulldogs play six out of their last 10 games at home, including four of their final six.
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.
Improving on the Boards
After not winning the rebound battle in 11-straight games from Dec. 2 through Jan. 16, Fresno State has seen an improvement on the boards in the last three games. The Bulldogs have a +3.3 rebounding margin over the last three games. It started on Jan. 19 at Nevada when the 'Dogs out-rebounded the Wolf Pack by eight. After Boise State held a six-board advantage on the Bulldogs last Wednesday, Fresno State came back on Sunday and out-rebounded Colorado State by eight. For the season, the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded by 1.8 boards per game and the 'Dogs rank seventh in the MW in rebounding margin.
Guard Ki-Ki Moore is Fresno State's top rebounder, as she averages 6.2 boards per game. Forward Alex Sheedy is second on the team with 5.3 boards per game while Taylor Thompson (4.9) and Rosie Moult (4.8) average just under five boards per game.