Feb. 21, 2014
Game #26 Feb. 22, 2014 2 p.m. PT
Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Utah State (11-14, 5-9 MW) at Fresno State (15-10, 9-5 MW)
Series record: Fresno State leads 11-2
Last Meeting: Fresno St. 78, USU 60 (2/18/12 Fresno, Calif.)
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
Fresno State looks to push its home winning streak up to five games on Saturday when the Bulldog women's basketball team hosts Utah State on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game in the Save Mart Center.
Although the Bulldogs have been strong at home this year, winning 10 of 14 overall in addition to their last five, they have not won consecutive games overall on their schedule since opening up conference play with four straight wins from Jan. 1-11.
Fresno State now has the chance to do so riding the momentum it carries at home against Utah State in the only meeting between schools this year.
This is also head coach Raegan Pebley's first career game coaching against her former team. Pebley, now in her second season with the Bulldogs, came to Fresno State after nine years at Utah State where she compiled an overall record of 110-155 after resurrecting the program that had been dormant in 2003.
After defeating Wyoming at the Save Mart Center on Wednesday, the Bulldogs now host consecutive home games for the second and final time in Mountain West play.
Fresno State has four games left on its schedule in the regular season, with this being the second-to last home game before the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Tournament being held in Las Vegas.
The Bulldogs, currently sitting a half game out of second place, still have a chance to climb up in the conference standings. A win over Utah State will put the Bulldogs in good position heading in to next week when they face Boise State on the road on Jan. 26. The Broncos are currently a half game up on Fresno State in the MW standings.
► Fresno State is 11-2 all-time vs. Utah State and has won 10-straight in the series. The Bulldogs are also a perfect 7-0 at home against the Aggies.
► Senior guard Taylor Thompson has scored in double figures in 15 consecutive games and in 22-of-25 games this season.
► Over the course of its four-game home winning streak, Fresno State has held an average margin of victory of 18.5 points. The Bulldogs have held opponents to just 52.5 points during this home winning streak, 32.3 percent shooting and have held a +4.5 rebounding margin.
► The 'Dogs have not won back-to-back games since winning four-straight at the beginning of Mountain West play. Of the league's 11 teams, only five of them have won consecutive games in the month of February.
► Fresno State Athletics and ESPN2 790 AM are celebrating the women's basketball senior class by offering free ticket vouchers to Senior Night on March 7. The vouchers may be redeemed at the Save Mart Center Box Office for four free tickets to Senior Night. For more information on the Super Senior Sendoff click here.
Scouting Utah State
Utah State enters Saturday's contest with an 11-14 overall record and 5-9 mark in Mountain West play. The Aggies are coming off a 79-69 win over San Diego State on Wednesday, a victory that snapped a four-game losing streak for USU. The Aggies are 4-8 in road games this year, including a 2-5 mark in MW play. Their two road wins in the conference came at San Jose State on Jan. 4 and at New Mexico in front of 6,038 fans on Jan. 29. Utah State averages 77.7 points per game, which is the second-highest scoring average in the conference. The Aggies also rank No. 2 in the MW with a turnover margin of +3.1. Senior guard Jennifer Schlott leads USU and the Mountain West in scoring, averaging 25.2 points per game. With her 33-point effort in Wednesday's win over San Diego State, Schlott broke the Mountain West single-season scoring record for conference games (356 points).
Series History with Utah State
Fresno State leads the all-time series with Utah State 11-2 and has won 10-straight over the Aggies. The Bulldogs are a perfect 7-0 at home against Utah State. This is the first meeting between schools as members of the Mountain West. The first 13 games in the series were played when both universities were members of the WAC, and current head coach Raegan Pebley was then the head coach at Utah State. Pebley was hired as Utah State's first head coach when it re-instated the women's basketball program in 2003. The first-ever meeting between schools was on Jan. 7, 2006 in Logan, Utah.
Fox Nets Career-High
Raven Fox exploded for a career-high 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes - the most she's played in a game in her career - in Wednesday's win over Wyoming. It was just the second game of her career scoring in double figures and her contributions were not just limited on the offensive end of the floor. Coming off the bench, she was put in charge of guarding Cowgirl Kayla Woodward, the Mountain West's Preseason Player of the Year. Fox did a great job defending Woodward, especially in the second half when she scored only four points. Woodward finished the game with just 13 points, five below her season average, and thanks in large part to the quick Fox.
Fox's playing time has increased dramatically over the last seven games. In Fresno State's first 18 games this season, Fox only appeared in seven of them, averaging 6.3 minutes, 2.6 points and she had seven steals and five assists. In the Bulldogs' last seven games, Fox has averaged 17.4 minutes, 5.6 points, has 13 assists and eight steals.
Scoring Leader Seeing Double
Fresno State senior guard Taylor Thompson scored 16 of her team-high 18 points against Wyoming in the second half of Wednesday's victory to extend her consecutive game streak scoring in double figures to 15. She has put up 10 or more points in 22-of-25 games this season and 57 times total in her career. Not only did Thompson go for double-digits in the point column, but she also matched her career-high with 11 rebounds. That gave her the second double-double of the season and fourth of her career. Her only other double-double this season came on Jan. 15 vs. San Diego State when she had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Thompson leads Fresno State this season by averaging 13.4 points. She adds 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 43.1 percent from the field.
In the last five games, senior guard Bree Farley has averaged 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Taylor Thompson has added 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and has shot 47.1 percent in that same time frame.
Sophomore guard Moriah Faulk posted her third double-digit rebound game of the season on Wednesday in the win over Wyoming. She pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds in her 24 minutes on the court.
Head coach Raegan Pebley is going for win No. 150 of her coaching career on Saturday, facing the Utah State team she coached for eight seasons before coming to Fresno State. Pebley is in her 11th season overall as a Division I head coach.
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