Feb. 11, 2014
Game #23 • Feb. 12, 2014 • 7 p.m. PT
Save Mart Center (15,596) • Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (13-9, 7-4 MW) vs. Nevada (12-10, 7-4 MW)
Series record: Fresno State leads 34-10
Last Meeting: Nevada 63, Fresno State 60 (1/22/14 Reno, Nev.)
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
Fresno State looks to avenge its loss to Nevada back on Jan. 22 when the Bulldog host the Wolf Pack on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
Wednesday's contest is Fresno State's Breast Cancer Awareness Game that benefits the Susan G. Komen Central Valley and the Play4Kay organizations. The Bulldogs will be wearing pink uniforms during the game and they will be auctioned off afterwards on GoBulldogs.com with all proceeds benefiting both charitable organizations.
Since beating the Bulldogs 63-60 three weeks ago, Nevada has gone on to win five of its last six games.
In the first meeting with Nevada this season, Fresno State trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half and five at the break, but started the second half on a 12-0 run. Nevada was able to claw its way back into the game after the early Bulldog run and cut what was a 47-41 Fresno State lead down to three by the 6:36 mark.
The Bulldogs held a one-point lead until a jumper from Danika Sharp with 1:16 to play gave Nevada a one-point lead. Wolf Pack guard Terilyn Moe pushed that up to three points with 11 seconds on the clock and the Bulldogs were unable to hit a three at the buzzer to tie the game.
Fresno State is 2-2 since losing to Nevada with its last loss on Saturday at San Jose State also coming in the final seconds, as the Bulldogs lost 68-66 on a layup with 1.3 seconds remaining.
► Fresno State has only lost back-to-back games one time this season, which came at the end of December. The Bulldogs have a 7-1 record this season and are 14-2 overall under head coach Raegan Pebley when coming off a loss.
► The Bulldogs are 4-1 in home league games this season and are 10-3 overall in Mountain West home games since joining the conference in the 2012-13 season.
► Fresno State lost its first meeting with Nevada three weeks ago, but the Bulldogs have never been swept by a Mountain West opponent in the regular season.
► The Bulldogs have received strong contributions from a host of players coming off the bench this season. Most recently, it was Toni Smith and Raven Fox. Smith recorded her first career double-double and Fox had three assists and three steals last Saturday at San Jose State.
► In Fresno State's one win vs. Nevada last season, the Bulldogs forced the Wolf Pack into 20 turnovers. In the two losses since to Nevada, the 'Dogs have forced just an average of 14.5 turnovers.
Nevada enters Wednesday's game tied with the Bulldogs for third place in the Mountain West. The Wolf Pack have won five of their past six games to stand 12-10 overall and 7-4 in league play. Nevada is one of the most improved teams in the league, as last season the Wolf Pack went just 2-14 in MW play. Guard Danika Sharp leads the three Wolf Pack players scoring in double figures, as she averages 13.0 points per game and 4.4 rebounds. Terilyn Moe averages 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds. Center Mimi Mungedi, who has blocked a conference-best 39 shots, puts in 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. The Wolf Pack are shooting 40.6 percent from the field this season and out-rebound opponents by 3.5 boards per game.
Series History with Nevada
Although Fresno State has lost two-straight overall to Nevada, the Bulldogs do lead the all-time series 34-10. Before losing the past two games to the Wolf Pack, Fresno State had won 13-straight over Nevada. Wednesday's game will be the 45th played between the two schools, as the series started back in the 1977-78 season.
Toni Smith Nets Double-Double
Sophomore forward Toni Smith made the most of her 17 minutes of playing time in last Saturday's loss at San Jose State, recording the first double-double of her career. She scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field while going 2-for-6 at the free-throw line. Smith also collected a personal-best 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass. Her double-double was the ninth registered by a Bulldog this season. Alex Sheedy leads the team with three. This was Smith's second career game scoring in double figures. The first time she did so came in the last game against Nevada on Jan. 22, when she set new career-highs at that time with 12 points and seven rebounds. Over the last five games, Smith is averaging 7.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game. She started the season averaging only 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per contest in Fresno State's first 17 games of the season.
• Senior guard Bree Farley nearly posted her second career double-double last Saturday when she finished the San Jose State game with 15 points and nine rebounds. The only other time in her career she recorded a double-double was this season in the win over Boise State when she had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Farley is averaging 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds and her 32 made 3-pointers are tied for the team lead.
• Robin Draper played in 39 of the 40 minutes during the San Jose State game last Saturday. Her previous high this season for minutes played was 30. Last season her high was 36 minutes, which came in her first career start at Santa Clara on Dec. 29, 2012. This year, Draper has made 17 starts. She scored 10 points against San Jose State last Saturday for her sixth game scoring in double figures this season and third in MW play.
• Junior guard Raven Fox recorded three assists and three steals in a strong 11 minutes off the bench for the Bulldogs last Saturday at San Jose State. She tied her single-game high in assists and was one off her career-high for steals, as she recorded four steals against San Diego Christian on Dec. 5.
• For the season, Fresno State ranks third in the Mountain West in team free throw percentage at .735. However, in the last three games the Bulldogs are just 36-of-58 (.621) at the charity stripe.
• Four of Fresno State's last seven games have been decided by seven points or less with the Bulldogs coming out on top in one of those games (Jan. 18 at New Mexico). Last season, Fresno State had a 2-1 record in games decided by three points or less.
• Fresno State has not been out-rebounded in its last four games - its longest stretch this season. In the first meeting with Nevada, the 'Dogs were out-rebounded by two and the Wolf Pack were able to pull down 15 offensive rebounds that led to 23 second-chance points.
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