March 5, 2014
Fresno State Game Notes
Super Senior Sendoff Ticket Voucher
Game #29 March 7, 2014 7 p.m. PT
Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
San Jose State (11-17, 5-12 MW) at Fresno State (18-10, 12-5 MW)
Series record: Fresno State leads 51-19
Last Meeting: SJSU 68, Fresno State 66 (2/8/14 San Jose, Calif.)
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
The Fresno State women's basketball team is set to honor Bree Farley and Taylor Thompson with a Super Senior Sendoff on Friday when the Bulldogs host San Jose State at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale.
The Bulldogs will honor Farley and Thompson before the game, as the senior tandem will be playing their final game of their careers at the Save Mart Center in front of the Red Wave.
As a tribue to the seniors, Fresno State Athletics and ESPN2 790 AM have partnered to offer free ticket vouchers to fans that can be redeemed at the Save Mart Center box office for up to four (4) free tickets to the game.
In addition to the senior night festivities, there will be a Youth Fun Center located in the southwest corner of the Save Mart Center. There, a bounce house, professional face painter, poster-making station and other inflatable games will be set up for youth entertainment.
At halftime of the game, Fresno's beloved Mutts in Motion will be putting on a performance.
Additionally, 250 California pride t-shirts will be given away throughout the game to fans during the media timeouts.
Farley and Thompson have helped lead the Bulldogs to a 95-33 (.742) record over the past four seasons, one regular season championship and three conference tournament championships.
San Jose State won 68-66 at home in the first meeting with the Bulldogs back on Feb. 8. Since then, the 'Dogs have seen five of their next six games be decided by six points or less and have gone 4-1 in those contests.
The Bulldogs are riding a current four-game winning streak into Friday's regular season finale, which is tied for the longest winning streak of the season. The 'Dogs also won four-straight to open Mountain West play at the start of January.
Over the course of this four game-winning streak, several Bulldogs have chipped in with key contributions. Thompson has averaged 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while Farley adds 15.0 points in that span. Moriah Faulk and Raven Fox have both been huge off the bench, combining for 17.8 points per game.
► Fresno State is currently in second place in the Mountain West at 12-5 and can secure the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament with a win over San José State on Friday. The Bulldogs hold tiebreakers over Boise State and Nevada which are tied for third at 11-5. Last season, Fresno State won the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Tournament as the No. 2 seed.
► The Bulldogs have won 10-straight regular season games in the month of March going back to 2009.
► Fresno State's win at San Diego State was the 650th in program history. The Bulldogs are 650-529 (.551) in 43 seasons.
►Junior forward Alex Sheedy returned from a 10-game absence due to a lower leg injury and scored 12 points in 24 minutes in the win at San Diego State.
► 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 San Jose State
San Jose State is coming off a 65-64 home victory over Colorado State, the Mountain West's regular season champion. The Bulldogs and Spartans are two of just three teams in the conference that handed CSU a loss in the regular season. SJSU is 11-17 overall on the season and 5-12 in Mountain West play. The Spartans rank No. 2 in the Mountain West by averaging 76.9 points per game, although they are last in scoring defense at 86.2 points per game. Their 740 3-point field goal attempts are by far the most in the conference, 84 more than Colorado State who ranks second in the league in 3-pointers attempted. SJSU is led by junior guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan, who ranks second in the MW in scoring at 18.3 points per game.
Series History with San Jose State
Friday's game will be the 71st in the series between Fresno State and San Jose State. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 51-19, with San Jose State winning two-straight. Fresno State had won 20 consecutive games over the Spartans before SJSU defeated the 'Dogs on Feb. 25, 2012. The Bulldogs have won 10-straight home games over the Spartans going back to 2003. In the first meeting this season between the schools up in San Jose, the Spartans came away with a 68-66 victory on Riana Byrd's layup with 1.3 seconds remaining. There were 41 combined turnovers in that game (21 by San Jose State, 20 by Fresno State), but the difference was SJSU's 11 made 3-pointers and the Bulldogs shooting just 31.3 percent in the second half.
Getting Hot At the Right Time
In two seasons at Fresno State, head coach Raegan Pebley's squads have been playing its best basketball at the right time of the year. Last season, Fresno State entered the Mountain West tournament on a four-game winning streak and that momentum helped the Bulldogs, who were the No. 2 seed in Las Vegas, win the tournament championship. Fresno State had a seven-game winning streak entering the NCAA Tournament, which was its sixth-straight appearance in the Big Dance. This season, Fresno State carries a current four-game winning streak into the regular season finale. This has matched the longest winning streak of the season, as the 'Dogs also won four consecutive games at the start of conference play. A win in Friday's Super Senior Sendoff game would give the Bulldogs a new high this year for consecutive games won. A victory would also secure the No. 2 seed at the Mountain West tournament. The Bulldogs can still earn the No. 2 seed even with a loss, but that would require Nevada to also lose on Friday in its game at UNLV. The two teams are currently tied for second in the conference standings with 12-5 records, but Fresno State owns the tiebreaker over the Wolf Pack and Boise State, who stands one game back at 11-6 in MW play.
Farley Closing In On 1,000 Career Points
Senior guard Bree Farley is 27 points shy of hitting the 1,000-point milestone in her career. She would join fellow senior Taylor Thompson as the second Bulldog on the team to hit the milestone and become the 21st in program history to do just that. Farley is averaging 15.0 points over her last four games and with two guaranteed games remaining, has a great shot at hitting the prestigious mark. In her last outing, Farley was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field with two 3-pointers for a team-high 16 points to help Fresno State defeat San Diego State 67-63 on the road. It was her 20th game scoring in double figures this year and 43rd time in her career.
Sheedy Returns to the Court
After missing 10 games from Jan. 22-Feb. 26 due to a lower leg injury, junior forward Alex Sheedy returned to the court last Saturday to help the Bulldogs win on the road at San Diego State. Sheedy, who was a third-team All-Mountain West selection a year ago, scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting and had five rebounds in 24 minutes in her return.
The Bulldogs have won 10-straight regular season games in the month of March going back to 2009. Their last regular season loss in the month of March came on March 2, 2009 at Louisiana Tech, 80-62. Last season, the Bulldogs won their two March games over Air Force and UNLV by an average margin of 25.5 points.
Fresno State, currently standing at 18-10 overall on the season, is in the hunt for yet another 20-win season. The Bulldogs have won 20 or more games in each of the past six seasons, although Fresno State had to vacate its 22 wins during the 2007-08 season due to NCAA violations.
In their last outing at San Diego State, the Bulldogs were able to out-rebound the Aztecs 36-34. SDSU entered the contest, and still stands as the Mountain West's best rebounding team as it out-boards opponents by an average of 7.7 rebounds per game. The 'Dogs have out-rebounded three of their last four opponents and rebounding will be a key against SJSU. In the first meeting, the Spartans had 17 offensive rebounds.