Fresno State to play at Boise State Wednesday with the chance to move up to second place in the Mountain West standings
Feb. 25, 2014
Fresno State Game Notes
Game #27 Feb. 26, 2014 6 p.m. PT
Taco Bell Center (12,480)
Fresno State (16-10, 10-5 MW) at Boise State (15-10, 9-4 MW)
Series record: Fresno State leads 21-9
Last Meeting: Fresno St. 72, Boise St. 63 (1/4/14 Fresno, Calif.)
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
Fresno State is set for its final regular season road trip as the Bulldog women's basketball team is away from home for a pair of games this week, beginning on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Boise State.
The Bulldogs enter a pivotal week as they have three games left on the schedule before the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Tournament in Last Vegas. The 'Dogs currently sit in a tie for third place with Nevada in the MW standings with a 10-5 league record, and are just a half game back of Broncos who sit 10-4 in conference play.
Fresno State is responsible for one of Boise State's losses this year, as the Bulldogs defeated the Broncos 72-63 back on Jan. 4.
That win was the second of four-straight for Fresno State to open conference play. Since that four-game winning streak, the Bulldogs did not win consecutive games until this past week when they took down Wyoming and Utah State at home.
Fresno State has won five-straight at home, but head up to Boise looking to snap a four-game losing streak in road games. Before losing their last four games on the road, the Bulldogs opened up Mountain West play by winning their first three road contests.
Over the last five games, the Bulldogs have been allowing just 59.8 points per game and have been holding opponents to 36.4 percent shooting from the floor. In their last game out, Utah State scored 70 points on the 'Dogs and that was the first time in six games - since Jan. 29 at Wyoming - that Fresno State has allowed 70 or more points.
For the season, the Bulldog rank No. 2 in the Mountain West in scoring defense by allowing just 61.9 points per game.
► Head coach Raegan Pebley
picked up the 150th victory of her career on Saturday, doing so against the Utah State team that she coached for nine seasons before taking over at Fresno State. Pebley is 40-19 (.678) now in her second season coaching the Bulldogs.
► Senior guard Bree Farley has a chance to join Taylor Thompson as the second 1,000-point career scorer on this year's team. Farley has 944 career points and with a minimum of four guaranteed games remaining, needs to average 14 points in those four games to reach 1,000 points. She is currently averaging 14.2 points in conference play. There have been 20 Bulldogs, including Thompson, who have scored 1,000 points in school history.
► At 9.9 steals per game, the Bulldogs rank No. 2 in the MW and 42nd nationally.
► 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.
Scouting Boise State
Boise State enters Wednesday's contest a half-game up on the Bulldogs in the conference standings, having gone 10-4 in Mountain West play. The Broncos are 10-3 at home overall this year including a 5-1 mark in league play. Boise State averages 71.7 points per game and ranks No. 2 in the MW in turnover margin at +2.6. Deanna Weaver is the Broncos' leading scoring, putting in 13.7 points per game and 6.3 rebounds. She is one of four Broncos scoring in double figures this year.
Series History with Boise State
The Last Meeting
January 4, 2014
'Dogs Outlast Boise State Down the Stretch
The Fresno State women's basketball team outscored Boise State 21-12 in the final nine and a half minutes to break a tied game and defeat the Broncos 72-63 on Saturday afternoon in the Save Mart Center.
Wednesday's game will be the 31st in the series between Boise State and Fresno State. The Bulldogs hold a 21-9 advantage in the series, having won 10-straight over the Broncos. Fresno State is also 9-3 when playing at Boise State and won 85-63 at Taco Bell Arena in last seasons trip to Boise. In the first meeting with the Broncos this year, Fresno State was led by Bree Farley
, who scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Taylor Thompson
added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Bulldogs shot 46.3 percent in the game and scored 32 points in the paint compared to just 16 for the Broncos. Fresno State out-rebounded Boise State 43-28 and that is the Bulldogs' biggest rebounding margin over an opponent in conference play.
Thompson Gives Bulldogs Win at the Buzzer
Taylor Thompson led the Fresno State women's basketball team to a pair of big victories last week when she averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.5 steals and shot 40.6 percent from the field. Thompson, who already became a 1,000-point scorer and the school's all-time steals leader this season, provided her biggest moment of the year on Saturday when she hit a seven-foot floater in the lane over Utah State's 6-4 forward Tijana Djukic as time expired to give the Bulldogs the 72-70 victory. Her shot completed a major comeback for the `Dogs, who trailed by 10 with 4:47 left in the game. She scored four points, had three steals and two assists in that final 4:47 to help Fresno State complete the comeback victory over Utah State. Thompson finished the game with 16 points while matching her season-highs in assists (eight) and steals (five) playing in 38 minutes. That was the 17th game of Thompson's career where she has recorded five or more steals in a game. In the first game of the week, Thompson scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds in the win over Wyoming to give her the second double-double of the season and fourth of her career. Her 11 rebounds against the Cowgirls matched her career-high.
Fox Nets Career-High, Twice
Raven Fox has scored 13 points in each of her last two games, setting and matching her career-high in what was a big week for the junior guard. She was 11-for-19 from the field last week with three steals. Her role and playing time has dramatically increased over the last eight games where she is averaging 6.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and has had 14 assists and 10 steals in 17.8 minutes. 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.
Faulk Cleaning Up on the Glass
In each of the past two games sophomore guard Moriah Faulk has collected 10 or more rebounds, becoming the first Bulldog this season with consecutive double-digit rebound games. She had 12 rebounds on Feb. 19 in the 65-60 win over Wyoming to help the Bulldogs out-rebound the Cowgirls 43-40. Then in Saturday's win over Utah State, she grabbed 11 rebounds, including five that came off the offensive glass. Serving as Fresno State's first player off the bench for most of the season, Faulk has averaged 7.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game. Her four total double-digit rebound games are the most of anyone the team, one ahead of Alex Sheedy who has three. Jacinta Vandenberg, Bree Farley and Taylor Thompson all have two 10-plus rebound games and Toni Smith has one.
Senior guard Bree Farley is averaging 14.2 points in conference play, an average that is way up from her first three seasons in the program. In her first three seasons in the program, she averaged just 5.3 points in conference action.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson has scored in double figures in all but three games this season and has gone for 10 or more points in 16-straight games.