Bailey Amundsen, LaToya Brown and LaShaunte Stephens will play their final home game on Wednesday.
March 3, 2009
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FRESNO, Calif.-Fresno State concludes its 2008-09 home season on Wednesday when it plays host to New Mexico State at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on 790 ESPN Radio and seen on Comcast Channel 14 with Randy Rosenbloom and Becky Gonzales calling the action. The Bulldogs are a half-game out of first place in the WAC. They need to win their final two games in order to earn at least a share of the regular season conference title.
Scouting the Aggies
New Mexico State is 9-19 and 5-9 in WAC. Madison Spence leads the team in scoring at 14.4 points a game while Danish Corbett is scoring 12 points a contest. Niki Holt is the top Aggie rebounder at 5.2 a game. New Mexico State is averaging 61 points a game and shooting 38 percent from the field.
Bulldogs vs. New Mexico State
Fresno State leads the overall series 8-6. New Mexico State defeated the Bulldogs 80-74 in Las Cruces on Jan. 18. The last time New Mexico State won in Fresno was Nov. 26, 2000, when the Bulldogs dropped a 75-57 game.
Wednesday is the final home game for Bailey Amundsen, LaToya Brown and LaShaunte Stephens. All three players have played an important role in winning the 2008 WAC championship and helping the Bulldogs contend for a conference title this year. Amundsen is one the best three-point shooters in school history as her 109 3-pointers ranks her 10th for most 3-pointers made. She needs two to move into ninth place. Brown has been a back-up point guard the last two years and scored a career-high 14 points at TCU last year while Stephens averaged 7.3 points and four rebounds a game last year. She missed this season due to a knee injury.
Looking For Win No. 20
The Bulldogs are one win away from having the program's ninth 20-win season of its 44-year history. Since Adrian Wiggins has been the head coach, the Bulldogs have won 20 games or more in three out of the last four years. The school record for most wins in a season is 24 by the 2005-06 team.
Nearing School 3-point Record/Lead Nation in 3-pointers Made
For the second straight year the Bulldogs are going to break a school record for 3-pointers made and attempted. The `Dogs need three 3-pointers to break last years school record of 262 three's made and they need 13 attempts to break last years record of 762. Fresno State is currently 260-for-750 from the 3-point line and they lead the nation in 3-pointers made-per-game at 9.6.
Greater Than 10
The Bulldogs have hit 10 3-pointers or more in 28 games dating back to last year and they are 22-6 during that stretch. This year the `Dogs hit a school and WAC record 16 against TCU.
Rare Home Conference Losses
For the first time since 2005, the Fresno State women's basketball team lost two home conference games in the same season.
Fresno State's last 13 wins have been by an average of 21.8 points a game. The Bulldogs three wins by under 10 points were against No. 22 TCU (75-71), Utah State (68-59). and Nevada (63-60). The Bulldogs are beating teams by an average margin of 9.8 points a game on the season.
Hard Work Pays Off
Fresno State walkon Kaitlin Kaufmann has been practicing with the team since January. After working hard in practice, coach Adrian Wiggins will dress her for the Bulldogs final three home games. Kaufmann is a 5-8 junior from Sanger, Calif., who played junior college basketball at Reedley. She graduated from Clovis East High School in 2006. She played her first minutes in Friday's win over Nevada.
Fresno State's 19-8 start is the programs third best start in school history through 27 games. The 2005-06 and the 1985-86 team was 21-6 while the 1986-87 team was 20-7.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs host New Mexico State in the final home game of the season Wednesday night at 7 pm in the Save Mart Center. All tickets are buy-one-get-one FREE! Tickets are on sale now through the Save Mart Center box office, by calling (559) 485-TIXS or online at ticketmaster.com.