Mountain West leaders meet at Save Mart Center for game televised by the CBS Sports Network
Feb. 8, 2013
San Diego State Aztecs (16-5, 7-1 MW) at Fresno State Bulldogs (15-6, 7-1 MW)
Game #22 MW Game #9 Feb. 9, 2013
5 p.m. PT Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM with with Christian Lukens Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: SDSU leads 24-12 Last Meeting: 1/9/13- FS 80, SDSU 72 in San Diego, Calif.
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
The top two teams in the Mountain West will battle for league supremacy on Saturday when the Fresno State women's basketball team hosts San Diego State at 5 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
The CBS Sports Network is televising the game live with Rich Cellini and Tammy Blackburn calling the action.
Saturday is Pack the House day at the Save Mart Center. During last season's Pack the House event, Fresno State set a new single-game home attendance record at 7,689.
There will be a free T-shirt give away Saturday, fans can take their picture with the 2012 Mountain West trophy that was won by the Bulldog football team and it is also National Girls and Women in Sports Day, as Fresno State will recognize 22 honorees from the 1960's, '70's and '80's. Additionally, Fresno State's all-time leading scorer Jaleesa Rosswill be honored at the game.
Fresno State puts to test its 20-game home winning streak, which is the third-longest active home winning streak in the country. The Bulldogs are a perfect 9-0 at home this year and have outscored their opponents by an average of 16.6 points in the nine victories.
The Bulldogs also enter the game hot, riding a season-best five game winning streak. Fresno State has won eight out of its last nine games overall and has shot 46.2 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from 3-point range over this stretch.
Saturday's game also marks the second go-around in conference play. The Bulldogs won at SDSU back on Jan. 9 and will look to defend their home court when the Aztecs come to town. Sophomore Alex Sheedy scored a career-high 18 points in that win at SDSU back in January.
► Fresno State has the nation's third-longest active home winning streak at 20 games. The Bulldogs' last home loss was on Dec. 4, 2011 to No. 4 Stanford.
► The Bulldogs have won a season-best five games in a row with an average margin of victory of 12.2 ppg.
► Rosie Moult scored a season-high 21 points on 5-of-13 shooting behind the arc last time out at UNLV. Since league play began, Moult leads the MW with 3-pt makes per game (3.3).
► Ki-Ki Moore is averaging 16.6 points per game this season, third-most in the MW. Moore's nine-game streak of scoring 15 or more points was snapped at UNLV last Wednesday.
►Saturday's game is Pack the House day as the 'Dogs will be featured on national television for the first time at home this season.
Fresno State vs. San Diego State - Scouting Report
This will be the 37th game between Fresno State and San Diego State and the Aztecs lead the all-time series 24-12. The Bulldogs won 80-72 at SDSU back on Jan. 9, which was the first meeting between the schools since 2002. Despite the Aztecs holding the overall advantage in the series, Fresno State has won five out of the last six games between the schools. Since losing to Fresno State back in the first conference game of the season, the Aztecs have reeled off seven-straight victories with five of those being by 12 or more points. SDSU is the top defensive team in the conference, holding opponents to just 54.3 points per game and 34.7 percent shooting. Fresno State put up 80 points on 44.4 percent shooting in the win on Jan. 9. Guard Courtney Clements is second in the conference in scoring, just ahead of Ki-Ki Moore, by averaging 16.8 points per game. Fellow guard Chelsea Hopkins adds 13.6 points per game and she leads the conference with 7.1 assists per game.
Last Time Against SDSU
The Fresno State women's basketball team opened up Mountain West play with an impressive 80-72 road victory over preseason favorite San Diego State back on Jan. 9 at Viejas Arena. The Bulldogs were led by sophomore forward Alex Sheedy, who scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting and hit four of Fresno State's nine 3-pointers in the game. Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore added her third double-double of the season and ninth of her career when she put in 15 points and 11 rebounds. The two highlighted a great collective team effort in Fresno State's first-ever Mountain West league game. Taylor Thompson added 16 points and Rosie Moult finished with 12 to give Fresno State four players in double figures. The Bulldogs shot 44.4 percent for the game and went 15-for-18 at the free-throw line with Thompson leading the way by hitting all eight of her shots at the charity stripe.
Home Sweet Home
On Jan. 30 the Bulldogs reached an unprecedented milestone as they won its 20th consecutive game at the Save Mart Center by defeating the Air Force Falcons 60-47. With the win the 'Dogs own the nation's third-longest active home winning streak and reached an overall 9-0 record on its own hardwood in the 2012-13 season. Fresno State's average margin of victory at the Save Mart Center this season is 16.6 points while averaging 70 points a contest. The current team's consecutive home winning streak tops the previous streak of 16 set from Dec. 17, 2005 to Dec. 21, 2006. The last time the 'Dogs suffered defeat on its own floor in their current streak was on Dec. 4, 2011 to No. 4 Stanford.
Second Round of Mountain West Play
The first half of the conference season is in the books, as Fresno State is set to begin the second round of Mountain West play. The Bulldogs went through the first round with a 7-1 record, falling only at Wyoming on Jan. 16. Fresno State has shot a league-best 45.9 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from downtown in conference games, and the Bulldogs also lead the league in steals (12.0 spg) and turnover margin (+4.1). The 'Dogs have forced an average of 18.8 turnovers per game through the first four weeks of Mountain West play. Five of the first eight conference games this year were played on the road. The Bulldogs won four of those five road games. Now looking ahead to the second half of the conference season, Fresno State will play five of its eight remaining games before the conference tournament at home. In fact. Saturday's game begins a stretch for the Bulldogs where three out of their next four games will be played at the Save Mart Center.
On a Roll
Fresno State has won five-straight games and eight out of its last nine. The five-game winning streak is the longest of the season, topping the four-straight games the Bulldogs won from Nov. 20-Dec. 8. Fresno State enters the game with a 15-6 overall record and are closing in on what would be the programs sixth-straight 20-win season.
Looking for 300
Senior guard Rosie Moult needs to make one more 3-pointer to become the second Bulldog in program history with 300 made three's in a career. She has made 299 3-pointers and is second all-time in program history behind Jaleesa Ross' 389 three's from 2007-11. Ross, who is Fresno State's all-time leading scorer, will be recognized at Saturday's game. Moult is leading the Mountain West this season with 2.9 three's per game and in MW play she is shooting 42.6 percent from downtown, which ranks No. 6 in the conference. In Wednesday's game at UNLV, Moult scored a season-high 21 points on 7-of-17 shooting and she was 5-of-13 from 3-point range. It was her first 20-point game of the season, but the 10th of her career. Moult has now hit five or more 3-pointers in three-straight games and is averaging 3.3 three's per game in conference play.