Feb. 23, 2012 By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
HONOLULU - In the middle of paradise on the Hawaiian Islands, the Fresno State women's basketball team clinched a share of the 2012 WAC regular season title with an 83-52 win over the University of Hawai'i.
"I am very pleased with their effort tonight," said head Adrian Wiggins. "They are a great group and play hard. They deserve the outcomes that they are getting right now."
It is the fifth-straight year the Bulldogs have won a piece of the conference crown. The `Dogs need one more victory to win to stand alone at the top of the leader board and earn the No. 1 seed heading into the WAC Tournament.
"It's too early to celebrate a championship," said Wiggins. "We still have more work to do. We are thrilled about it and embrace it. We want to hang a banner in the Save Mart Center that's a source of proud in our program. Reflecting on it at the end of the year we will be very excited."
The `Dogs (23-4, 11-0 WAC) extended their winning streak to 12 games. The longest winning streak in Bulldog history is 19 games, which was set in 2009-10. Fresno State has a road record of 11-3 this year.
"I was really pleased with our energy on the road as of late," said Wiggins. "We knew Hawai'i was going to be big and physical. I think we handled that well."
Sophomore Bree Farley led all scorers with a career-high 20 points in 21 minutes. The Australia native shot 72 percent and made 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
`Dogs opened the game with a 12-2 run early in the first half to gain a double figure within the first five minutes of the half. Moore scored 10 of the Bulldogs early 12 points.
Halfway through the first half the Bulldogs held the Rainbow Wahine to four points and it kept Hawai'i to less than 10 points until three minutes left until half time. The least amount of points the `Dogs have allowed in a half is 12 points, which was against San Jose State on Jan. 27, 2011.
Farley shot 62.5 percent in the first half and scored 12 points in the first half. The sophomore scored five unanswered points to give the `Dogs a 20-point lead with nine minutes left until halftime.
With 3:20 left until half time Moore made a spin move to the basket making the layup and giving the `Dogs a 30-point lead over Hawai'i. Fresno State led Hawai'i 42-13 at the half. Farley and Moore led all scorers with 12 points each in the first half.
Moult led the `Dogs in the second half with 11 points. Fresno State converted 22 turnovers into 26 points and recorded 11 steals. Moore and Moult led the team with three steals each.
The `Dogs play their last WAC road game on Feb. 25 at San Jose State before returning to the Save Mart Center for Pack the House against Louisiana Tech on March 1.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs finish the road trip at San Jose State on Feb. 25. The `Dogs return to the Save Mart Center on March 1 for Pack the House Night against Louisiana Tech. For more information call 278-DOGS. Listen to home game action on ESPN2 790 AM with Guy Haberman.
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