March 1, 2012 By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team claimed the 2012 WAC Regular season outright on Thursday night. The Bulldogs(24-5, 12-1 WAC) had already won a share of the title, but with a 65-62 win over Louisiana Tech, the 'Dogs won't have to share the title any longer.
A record crowd of 7,689 watched as the `Dogs won the WAC title outright for the third time in four years.
"I want to give a huge thank you to our fans," said head coach Adrian Wiggins of the electric crowd at the Save Mart Center. "It was just an awesome environment and a great game and that's what makes playing at Fresno State so special. The environment is just bar none."
The previous record was 7,042 set in 2004 against Pepperdine.
"Rosie and Ki-Ki both got hot there [in the second half] and made some three's," said Wiggins. "When you start scoring in those flurries it really helps and it's hard to stop."
Moult scored 15 points in the latter half of the game, including 13-straight points. She shot 66 percent in the second half making 6-of-9 shots. Moult ended the night with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Moore scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed nine boards missing her seventh double-double of the season by a rebound. Her final rebound of the game sealed the victory for the 'Dogs. Senior Blakely Goldberg was the final Bulldog to score in double figures with 14 points.
The first time around against Louisiana Tech the Bulldogs won without making a single 3-pointer. The time around the `Dogs opened the scoring with a 3-pointer from Goldberg, who finished the half leading all scorers with 10 points.
La Tech gained an early lead with 9-0 run as the Bulldogs fell behind by as much as six points. The `Dogs answered with five unanswered points from Ki-Ki Moore to pull within one of the Lady Techsters with 5:05 left in the half.
A 3-pointer from freshman Alex Sheedy gave the `Dogs the lead with 3:46 until half time. Fresno State closed out with first half with a 6-2 run taking a 26-22 lead at half time.
The second half stayed close for only the first couple of minutes before the Bulldogs took charge. Fresno State went on a 13-4 run taking a 44-35 lead with 13:00 left on the clock. Moult came out of the half time break on fire. She came up with a couple clutch 3-pointers helping maintain the `Dogs double digit lead.
As the game clock neared zero, the Lady Techsters made their move and chipped away at the Bulldogs lead. With 1:21 left in the game, La Tech was within three points of the `Dogs. For the seventh game in a row against Louisiana Tech, the game was decided in the final seconds.
"I have to give credit to Louisiana Tech for making it tough on us," said Wiggins. "I thought we fought hard and we tried a lot of different things, we didn't give up on defense and in the end it paid off."
Fresno State had a 3-point lead, but the Lady Techsters had possession of the ball with 14.2 second left in the game. After back-to-back timeouts, La Tech came out of the huddle looking for a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
The Bulldogs defense prevailed again as La Tech missed their only chance to tie. The `Dogs are 3-0 against the Lady Techsters in the last three meetings. Fresno State not only claimed the WAC title, but also the No. 1 seed in next week's WAC Tournament.
The `Dogs closeout the season on March 3 against New Mexico State and celebrate senior night.
"We Are Your Team!" Don't miss the final game of the 2011-12 regular season on March 3 against New Mexico State at 2 p.m. It's SENIOR night and the `Dogs will be honoring Blakely Goldberg and Veronica Wilson. For more information on tickets call 278-DOGS. Listen to home game action on ESPN2 790 AM with Guy Haberman.
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