Pebley, Bulldogs to Host Utah State Saturday
Feb. 21, 2014
Game #26 Feb. 22, 2014 2 p.m. PT
Utah State (11-14, 5-9 MW) at Fresno State (15-10, 9-5 MW)
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
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
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