Women's Hoops Seeks Fourth-Straight Home Win

Feb. 18, 2014

Fresno State Game Notes

Game #25 • Feb. 19, 2014 • 7 p.m. PT
Save Mart Center (15,596) • Fresno, Calif.

Wyoming (17-6, 8-4 MW) at Fresno State (14-10, 8-5 MW)
Series record: Series tied 10-10
Last Meeting: Wyoming 87, Fresno State 76 (1/29/14 Laramie, Wyo.)
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network

The Fresno State women's basketball team looks to build upon its three-game home winning streak on Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Wyoming at the Save Mart Center at 7 p.m.

Over its last three home games, the Bulldogs have held opponents to an average of just 49.7 points, 31.6 percent shooting from the field and have forced 20.7 turnovers per game. The 'Dogs have out-rebounded opponents by five boards in their last three home games and the highest point total they allowed was 52 points, while Fresno State itself has flourished offensively averaging 73.0 points on 45.8 percent shooting.

For the season, Fresno State is 5-1 at home in Mountain West play and 9-4 overall at home.

This will be the second meeting between Fresno State and Wyoming this year. The Cowgirls took the first contest, winning 87-76 in Laramie back on Jan. 29.

Wyoming shot 49.2 percent and got nine 3-pointers from Kayla Woodward and Kaitlyn Mileto, who combined to score 41 points in the game.

Taylor Thompson led Fresno State with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals and Jacinta Vandenberg added 15 points and eight boards in the first meeting with the Cowgirls.

Thompson has averaged 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and has six steals in four career games against Wyoming. This season, she is leading the Bulldogs with 13.2 points per game, averages 4.8 rebounds and her 101 assists and 52 steals are the most on the team.



Bulldog Headlines
► The Bulldogs currently sit in a tie for fourth place in the Mountain West, but are just one game back of second.

► Fresno State has shot 42.6 percent in conference play and hit 93 3-pointers, which is 33 more than its opponents have made.

► Over the last five games, center Jacinta Vandenberg has averaged 8.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Those averages are well up from the first 19 games of the season when she averaged 6.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game

► Sophomore guard Moriah Faulk scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting, had five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes of action on Saturday at Colorado State. It was the first time she scored in double figures since Jan. 15 vs. San Diego State, a span of seven games. Faulk has scored in double figures seven times this year with a high of 27 points that came against Portland in mid-December.

► Senior guard Taylor Thompson has scored in double figures in 21-of-24 games this season, including 14-straight.

Scouting Wyoming
Wyoming enters Wednesday's game with a 17-6 overall record and 8-4 mark in Mountain West play. The Cowgirls are 11-1 at home overall, including 7-0 in MW games, but just 3-5 on the road. UW has a 1-4 road record in Mountain West play, but in its last road game defeated San Diego State 69-60. The Cowgirls feature three of the Mountain West's top six scorers in Kayla Woodward, Fallon Lewis and Kaitlyn Mileto. Woodward is third in the conference with 17.9 points per game, Lewis is fourth at 15.3 and Mileto is sixth at 14.6. Mileto and Woodward also rank No. 2 and No. 3 in the MW with 63 and 61 made 3-pointers, respectively.

Series History with Wyoming
Fresno State was able to win 2-of-3 games over Wyoming last season, but after losing the first meeting with the Cowgirls in Laramie this year, the all-time series between the two schools is now tied at 10 wins apiece. The Bulldogs have a 5-2 all-time record against Wyoming when playing the Cowgirls at home in Fresno. In last seasons game at the Save mart Center, Fresno State won 61-47. That was the second fewest points Wyoming scored all year. The 'Dogs also defeated UW 63-62 in the semifinals of the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.

Farley Coming Off Solid Week
Bree Farley led the Fresno State Bulldogs to a 1-1 record last week by averaging 19.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and three steals while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from 3-point land, as she hit seven of her 15 3-point attempts. In the 25-point win over Nevada last Wednesday, Farley scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting and she was 4-of-6 from downtown. She also had 10 rebounds against the Wolf Pack to give her the second double-double of her career. Then on Saturday at Colorado State, Farley scored 13 points and had nine rebounds, finishing just one board shy of posting double-doubles in back-to-back games for the first time in her career. She was Fresno State's leading scorer in the game and just like she did against Nevada, posted three steals against the Rams. For the season, Farley is averaging 12.1 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and she has made a team-high 39 3-pointers.

Five Games To Go
With five games left in the regular season, the Bulldogs currently sit in a tie for fourth place in the Mountain West standings, a half game back of Wyoming who at 8-4 sits in third place. Fresno State is also one game back of second-place Boise State, who the Bulldogs defeated earlier this season on Jan. 4 and still have one more game against next week on Feb. 26. Fresno State's schedule down the stretch is favorable, with three of the five remaining games at home. The Bulldogs will be at home this week to host Wyoming and later Utah State on Saturday, which marks just the second time in MW play that the 'Dogs have hosted back-to-back home games.

Taylor Thompson made 4-of-8 3-point attempts in Saturday's loss at Colorado State. That matched her season-high for 3-pointers made in a game and was the most since she made four three's in three-straight games from Nov. 16-29.
• In the last five games, sophomore center Toni Smith has averaged 4.0 rebounds per game and 13 of her 20 total rebounds have come off the offensive glass.
• In the first meeting with Wyoming this year, Jessy Saint-Felix set a then career-high with eight points and matched her season-best with three rebounds in just eight minutes of action.
Bree Farley and Taylor Thompson, Fresno State's top two scorers in MW play, have combined to shoot 46.5 percent in 13 MW contests.

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