Feb. 4, 2014
Game #21 Feb. 5, 2014 7 p.m. PT
Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (12-8, 6-3 MW) vs Air Force (1-18, 0-9 MW)
Series record: Fresno State leads 5-0
Last Meeting: Fresno State 77, Air Force 43 (1/8/14 Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
The Fresno State women's basketball team hosts Air Force at the Save Mart Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT for Salute to Services Night at the Save Mart Center.
Coming off a bye weekend, the Bulldogs are looking to sweep the Falcons, as Fresno State defeated Air Force 77-43 earlier this season on Jan. 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 'Dogs hold a 5-0 advantage in the series, winning 2-of-5 games over the Falcons in Fresno. Last year the Bulldogs defeated Air Force 60-47 at the Save Mart Center and 80-55 on the road.
In the last matchup of the two teams, Fresno State shot 44.1 percent from the field and connected on 40 percent of 3-point shots made. The Bulldogs also shot 84.6 percent from the free-throw line and scored 77 points on the road while grabbing 40 rebounds. The 'Dogs limited the Falcons to only 43 points and forced Air Force into 23 turnovers.
Last time around senior Taylor Thompson led Fresno State with 18 points while junior Alex Sheedy recorded her third double-double in the win off of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Air Force was led by sophomore Missy Byrd who scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Falcons' offense.
The Bulldogs are 3-1 in Mountain West home games, while Air Force is 0-9 overall on the road this season.
The Bulldogs have the second best scoring defense in the MW, allowing just 63.1 points per game, and in 3-point field goal defense. Air Force is averaging 55.8 points per game this season.
► Senior Taylor Thompson scored a team-high 17 points on the road against Wyoming last week. She has now scored in the double figures 17 times this season, and has scored 15 points or more in eight games. Thompson leads the Bulldogs averaging 13.4 points per game. She adds 4.3 assists and 2.15 steals per outing. Thompson assist/turnover ratio ranks second in the Mountain West.
► Sophomore center Jacinta Vandenberg matched her career-high with 15 points at Wyoming last week. This was the sixth time this year that Vandenberg has scored in the double figures. She also recorded a team-high eight rebounds and added three blocks and one steal. Vandenberg has started in all 20 games this year and leads the Bulldogs averaging 6.3 rebounds per game. Vandenberg ranks third in the conference in blocked shots (1.6).
► Fresno State is looking to bounce back after a road loss to Wyoming last week where the Bulldogs ran into the hot-shooting Wyoming Cowgirls who connected with 31 of their field goals, shooting 49.2 percent on the night.
Scouting Air Force (1-18, 0-9 MW)
Air Force enters the game with a 1-18 record on the season and 0-9 mark in Mountain West play. The Falcons average 55.8 points per game while allowing 76.3. Senior guard Camile Thompson leads the team scoring 10.9 points per game while junior guard Jimi Blagowsky is right behind her at 10.8 points. Sophomore guard/forward Madeleine Philpot, who has played in all 19 games and made nine starts, leads the Falcons in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game. The Falcons are coming off a rough 84-74 overtime loss to Nevada on Saturday. Air Force has not won a game since its 82-63 victory over North Dakota State in the Air Force Classic on Dec. 6.
Series History with Air Force
This will be just the sixth all-time game between Fresno State and Air Force and the Bulldogs won all five of the previous meetings. Earlier this season the Bulldogs defeated Air Force 77-43 on the road. Last season, Fresno State's first in the Mountain West, the Bulldogs won 60-47 at home vs. Air Force and 80-55 in Colorado Springs. The two other meetings came in 1996 when the schools were both members of the WAC. Fresno State won both of those games, each by nine points.
Fresno State ranks second in the Mountain West in scoring defense (63.1), free throw percentage (.755), steals (9.7) and three-point field goals made per game (7.8).
In conference games only, the Bulldogs lead the league in free throw percentage (.797) and rank second in steals (9.9) and tied for second in scoring defense (62.7).
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