Feb. 21, 2013
Fresno State Bulldogs (17-8, 9-3 MW) at Boise State Broncos (10-14, 3-8 MW)
Game #26 MW Game #13 Feb. 23, 2013
1 p.m. PT Taco Bell Arena (12,380) Boise, Idaho
Radio: None Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Fresno State leads 18-9 Last Meeting: 1/23/13 - FS 70, BSU 57 in Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State Game Notes
Fresno State hits the road looking for its fifth-straight road victory in Mountain West league action when it plays at Boise State on Saturday. Tip-off from Taco Bell Arena is set at 1 p.m. PT.
The Bulldogs are 5-1 on the road in conference play and enter the game sitting in second place in the Mountain West.
Fresno State is coming off a 60-54 loss to Nevada on Wednesday when the 'Dogs shot a season-low 28.4 percent. The Bulldogs have proven to be a resilient team this season and own a 6-1 record in games after a loss.
The Bulldogs have won seven-straight over the Broncos and beat Boise State 70-57 at home back on Jan. 23. Since that game, the Broncos have lost seven of their last eight including six-straight.
Boise State is led by senior forward Lauren Lenhardt, who ranks fourth in the MW in scoring (16.0 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (7.3 rpg).
Bulldog junior guard Ki-Ki Moore is third in the Mountain West in scoring with 16.7 points per game and she has scored 20 points in each of her last two outings. She needs to score only 11 more points to give her 1,000 points in her two-year Bulldog career. Moore would become the 18th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point milestone.
Senior guard Rosie Moult has tied the school record for most steals in a career with 247. She ranks third in the MW with 54 steals behind teammates Taylor Thompson (69) and Moore (77). Fresno State as a team entered the week ranked fifth nationally, averaging 12.9 steals per game.
► The Bulldogs are 6-1 this year when coming off a loss and they have an average margin of victory of 14.0 points in those games.
► Alex Sheedy posted a career-high 12 rebounds in Wednesday's game against Nevada. Over her last three games, she is averaging 9.7 rebounds.
► Fresno State has won seven-straight over Boise State and leads the all-time series with the Broncos 18-9. The 'Dogs won 70-57 over BSU back on Jan. 23 behind 20 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and five assists from Ki-Ki Moore.
► Rosie Moult has tied the Fresno State record for most steals in a career with 247.
► Ki-Ki Moore was named the MW Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season.
Fresno State vs. Boise State - Scouting Report
Saturday's game between Boise State and Fresno State will be the 28th all-time meeting between the two schools and the second this year. The Bulldogs have a 18-9 advantage in the series and have won seven-straight - six of which have been by 10 or more points. Fresno State is 8-3 all-time when playing the Broncos in Boise.
Since losing to Fresno State back on Jan. 23, the Broncos have lost seven of their last eight games including six-straight. Senior forward Lauren Lenhardt is fourth in the conference in scoring at 16.0 points per game and she is coming off a 33-point effort on 12-of-22 shooting in Wednesday's loss at Air Force. Lenhardt is also fourth in the conference in rebounding at 7.3 boards per game. Boise State averages 62.3 points per game and is shooting 37.1 percent from the field this year.
Last Time Against Boise State
The Fresno State women's basketball team forced 20 turnovers and had 18 steals in a 70-57 win over Boise State back on Jan. 23. The 18 steals were two off the season-high of 20 set back in the second game of the season against Cal-Maritime and it was one of eight games this year that the Bulldogs have posted 15 or more steals. Ki-Ki Moore led all scorers in an impressive outing for the junior guard. She scored 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, had a team-high seven rebounds, posted a season-high seven steals and had five assists. Fresno State as a team had 16 assists on its 23 made field goals and Taylor Thompson also chipped in with five assists to tie Moore for the team lead. Thompson finished with 12 points and Rosie Moult added 15, hitting five 3-pointers in the game to go along with four steals.
Fresno State has a 6-1 record this season when coming off a loss and has only lost back-to-back games one time, which happened back in mid-December. In their seven games when coming off a loss this year, the Bulldogs have won by an average margin of 14.0 points. They are shooting 45 percent in those games, hit eight 3-pointers on average, have out-rebounded their opponent and force an average of 20.6 turnovers in games after a loss. In each game the Bulldogs have won coming off a loss, they have shot better than they did the previous game in defeat. After shooting a season-low 28.4 percent in Wednesday's loss to Nevada, the Bulldogs only have room for improvement and in the first meeting with Boise, Fresno State shot 46.9 percent in the 13-point win.
Bree Farley is shooting 59.1 percent in the seven games this season after a loss and is averaging 10.1 points per game, up from her season average of 8.4 points. Ki-Ki Moore has averaged nearly 17 points in games after a loss, Rosie Moult has put in 13.0 points and Taylor Thompson has averaged 10.9 points.
On the Boards
For the first time since the month of November, Fresno State won the rebounding battle in back-to-back games. The 'Dogs out-rebounded Wyoming by four last Saturday and they had a 12-rebound advantage over Nevada in their last outing, which was one of just three times this year the Bulldogs have out-rebounded an opponent by 10 or more boards. The other two times that happened was against Cal-Maritime and Grambling State in the second and third games of the season.
Fresno State out-rebounded its opponent in each of the first five games of the season. In game six, they tied with UT Arlington, but then the Bulldogs were out-rebounded in each of the next 10 games. The last two games during that stretch - Jan. 12 vs. New Mexico and Jan. 16 at Wyoming - Fresno State was out-rebounded by 17 in both games. Since then the Bulldogs have out-rebounded their opponent by one board on average in the last nine games.
Sheedy Leads Rebounding Charge
In the last nine games where the Bulldogs have seen a strong improvement rebounding the ball, sophomore forward Alex Sheedy has averaged 6.3 boards per game. That is up from her season average of 5.8 rebounds per game and she has done a good job on the offensive glass with 36 rebounds offensive rebounds in the last nine games (4.0 per game). Over the last three games, Sheedy has recorded 29 total rebounds. In Wednesday's loss to Nevada, she posted a career-high 12 rebounds and eight of those were offensive boards.
Fresno State improved to 6-1 in road league games with the one-point victory at New Mexico on Feb. 13, which was its fourth-straight road victory in Mountain West play. The Bulldogs and SDSU, who is 6-0 in league road games, are the only teams with five or more victories on the road in MW play. Saturday's game at Boise State is Fresno State's second-to-last road game of the regular season.
Point guard Taylor Thompson is averaging 12.8 points per road game this year, up from her home scoring average of 7.5 points. She shoots 43.5 percent in road games and junior guard Bree Farley, who averages 8.2 points per game on the road, is shooting 51.8 percent away from home. As a team, Fresno State is shooting 45.6 percent from the field in conference road games while connecting on 42.6 percent of its three's.
Record About To Fall
Senior guard Rosie Moult has tied the Fresno State all-time record for steals in a career with 247. Jaleesa Ross, who played for the Bulldogs from 2007-11, previously held the school record at 247 steals. Despite missing five games this season, Moult still ranks third in the Mountain West with 54 steals. She is averaging 2.7 steals per game and had two steals in Wednesday's loss to Nevada.
Moult also ranks second in school history with 310 career 3-pointers, trailing Ross who holds the record with 389 made three's. Moult continues to lead the Mountain West with 2.9 made 3-pointers this year despite missing five game. She entered the week ranked 16th nationally with 2.9 made 3-pointers per game.
As a team, Fresno State leads the Mountain West and entered the week ranked fifth nationally with 12.9 steals per game. The Bulldogs have 320 steals on the year, which are 62 more than any other team in the league has. Fresno State is closing in on cracking the top five for the most steals in Mountain West single-season history, as it needs only 15 more to surpass the 2006-07 TCU team that sits in fifth place with 334. San Diego State with 391 steals in 2007-08 set the all-time Mountain West single-season record. With four games remaining, the Bulldogs are on track to finish the regular season with 374 steals. They then would have a shot at the all-time record with additional games coming in the Mountain West Tournament, which runs March 12-16, and any post-season games the Bulldogs have a shot at making.
Fresno State's Ki-Ki Moore, Taylor Thompson and Rosie Moult rank one, two and three, respectively, in the conference in steals. Moore has 77 on the year, Thompson has 69 and Moult has 54. Those three have combined for 201 steals, which is more than four Mountain West teams have for the season. With 3.1 steals per game, Moore entered the week ranked 24th nationally in steals.
Moore Named MW Player of the Week
For the second time this season, junior guard Ki-Ki Moore was named the Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday. Moore led Fresno State to a 2-0 record and sole possession of second place in the MW standings with a road win at New Mexico (51-50) and a home win versus Wyoming (61-47). Against New Mexico, Moore scored a game-high 15 points on 6-of-10 (.600) from the field, tied her season-high with seven assists and grabbed four rebounds. Moore had her sixth 20-point game of the season against Wyoming to go along with three rebounds, four assists and five steals. For the week, Moore was 15-of-27 (.556) from the floor and hit 5-of-8 (.625) from the free throw line. She averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals over the two games. Moore also averaged 35.0 minutes per game.
Moore ranks third in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game and she has scored 20 points in each of her last two games, giving her seven 20-point games this season. She also ranks ninth in the league with 3.6 assists and leads the conference with 3.1 steals per game, which ranks 24th nationally. For her career, she has scored 1,350 points in 89 career games. 59 of those games have been played at Fresno State, as she transferred to the Bulldogs after her freshman season. For her Bulldog career, she has scored 989 points in two seasons and is on the verge of becoming the 18th player in school history to score 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform.
Strong First-Half Defense
Fresno State has held three of its last six opponents to only 16 points in the first half. They did so against Air Force, at New Mexico and against Wyoming. Fresno State has held four opponents to under 20 points in the first 20 minutes of the game this year. In all, the Bulldogs have held their opponent to under 30 first-half points in 16-of-25 games and to under 25 nine times.
Fresno State leads the Mountain West this season by forcing an average of 20.0 turnovers per game. The Bulldogs have done a good job of taking care of the ball themselves, as they lead the conference with a turnover margin of +4.8 to rank 25th nationally in that category.