Feb. 13, 2014
Game #24 Feb. 15, 2014 1 p.m. PT
Moby Arena (8,745) Fort Collins, Colo.
Fresno State (14-9, 8-4 MW) at Colorado State (19-4, 11-1 MW)
Series record: CSU leads 9-5
Last Meeting: Fresno State 60, Colorado State 50 (1/11/14 Fresno, Calif.)
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
The Fresno State women's basketball team heads back on the road to face league-leading Colorado State on Saturday in Moby Arena for a 1 p.m. PT tip-off.
The Bulldogs will be looking to end a three-game road losing streak and gain some ground on the Rams this weekend. Fresno State is third in the Mountain West standings with an 8-4 league record while CSU sits in first at 11-1. Boise State is ranked second, standing 9-3 in the Mountain West.
The Rams have won eight-straight and 15 of their last 16 games. That one loss however was at the hands of Fresno State, as the Bulldogs defeated CSU 60-50 at home back on Jan. 11.
Fresno State also has a game remaining at Boise State on Feb. 26, so the 'Dogs will have the opportunity to move up the standings as they are still in the hunt for the Mountain West championship. A win on Saturday will be a big step towards that goal.
In the first meeting with CSU, Fresno State held the Rams to a season-low 50 points and just 35.3 percent shooting from the field. Over the last five games, Colorado State has averaged 84 points per game and the Rams lead the league in scoring during conference play, averaging 77.8 points per game in 12 Mountain West contests.
Fresno State is coming off a 25-point win over Nevada where the 'Dogs held the Wolf Pack to just 48 points and 28.6 percent shooting from the floor.
For the season, the Bulldogs rank second in the MW behind CSU in scoring defense, allowing just 62.0 points per game and only 60.8 in Mountain West contests.
► With a win Saturday, the Bulldogs would sweep CSU for the second-straight season.
► The Bulldogs, with a 8-4 record in Mountain West play, are six points away from being 11-1 in league action as they have lost three league contests by a combined six points.
► Last year, the Bulldogs were able to come away with a 69-58 victory at Colorado State thanks to a hot shooting night. The 'Dogs shot 48.1 percent in the win at Moby Arena and hit 11 3-pointers, including a career-high five by Bree Farley.
► Bree Farley scored a career-high 25 points in Wednesday's win over Nevada. She also had 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Farley is averaging 12.1 points, is shooting 46.2 percent from the field and has hit a team-high 36 3-pointers.
► Taylor Thompson scored 19 points, had nine rebounds and four assists vs. CSU in the victory over the Rams back on Jan. 11, 2014. She went over 1,000 career points in that victory and currently sits with 1,121 career points. She leads the team in scoring this season, averaging 13.3 points per game overall on the year and 14.2 in Mountain West play.
Scouting Colorado State
Colorado State is 19-4 overall this season and 11-1 in Mountain West play, with that one loss coming at Fresno State back on Jan. 11. The Rams have won 15 out of their last 16 games and their current eight-game winning streak is the longest in their 14-year history of being members of the Mountain West. CSU is coming off a 100-75 victory at Utah State and has averaged 84.0 points over its last five games. The Rams lead the MW in both scoring offense and scoring defense when counting MW games only. Colorado State has five players scoring in double figures and are shooting 43.6 percent for the season. Its 184 3-pointers are seven more than any other team in the Mountain West has made this year.
Series History with Colorado State
Saturday's game will be the 15th in the series between Fresno State and Colorado State. The Rams lead the series 9-5, but Fresno State has won three-straight (all in Mountain West play). The Bulldogs swept CSU last season and won earlier this year 60-50. Fresno State owns a 3-3 record all-time when playing at Colorado State.
Farley Sets Career-High
Senior guard Bree Farley set a new career-high on Wednesday when she went for 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting from the field. She knocked down four of her six 3-point attempts in the game and also collected 10 rebounds to give her the second double-double of her career. It was Farley's second game scoring 20 or more points this season and fourth of her career. In last seasons game against the Rams in Fort Collins, Farley went 5-for-7 from behind the 3-point arc to set a new career-high in 3-pointers made while finishing the game with 15 points. Farley enters Saturday's game with 900 career points, and with seven guaranteed games remaining this season, she will have to average 14.3 points in that time to reach 1,000 career points. If she is able to do so, Farley would join Taylor Thompson as the second Bulldog on the roster to reach the 1,000-point milestone and the 21st in Fresno State history.
Fresno State held Nevada to a season-low 48 points and just 28.6 percent shooting from the field in Wednesday's victory. It was the fourth Mountain West game this season that the Bulldogs have held a league opponent to 50 or fewer points. In the first meeting with Colorado State, the Bulldogs held the Rams to a season-low 50 points and 35.3 percent shooting. Fresno State ranks second in the conference, allowing just 62.0 points per game.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 13.3 points per game, has scored in double figures in 20-of-23 games this year. She has gone for 10-plus in 13-straight games. That streak was in jeopardy on Wednesday when she did not score in the first half, but Thompson came back with 11 second-half points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 at the free-throw line to reach double figures and keep her streak alive.
The Bulldogs have been a solid free throw shooting team all season, but in three games from Jan. 29-Feb. 8, the 'Dogs went 36-of-58 (.621) at the line. Fresno State got back on target at the charity stripe in Wednesday's win over Nevada, knocking down 15-of-18 attempts. It ranks third in the MW with a team free-throw percentage of .739.
The 28.3 field goal percentage Fresno State held Nevada to on Wednesday marked the third time this season the 'Dogs have held a team to under 30 percent shooting.
Guard Robin Draper has scored in double figures in back-to-back games, putting in 10 at San Jose State and 11 vs. Nevada. This is the second time in her career scoring 10-plus points in consecutive games. The first time she did so was on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 2012 during her sophomore season.
Fresno State blocked a season-high seven shots in Wednesday's win over Nevada. Jacinta Vandenberg had three and then Courtney Gaze, Jessy Saint-Felix, Moriah Faulk and Toni Smith all had one. Smith has now blocked a shot in three-straight games and the one for Gaze was the first of her career. Vandenberg now has eight career games with three or more blocks, including three this season. She is third in the MW with 35 blocked shots.
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