March 6, 2012 By Theresa Kurtz
By Theresa Kurtz
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team heads to Las Vegas for the 2012 Verizon Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs open the tournament against New Mexico State on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPN 790 AM with Guy Haberman and Ralph Wood.
Fresno State vs. New Mexico State
The Bulldogs beat the Aggies, 79-43 in the final game of the regular season. Fresno State leads the overall series against NM State 15-6 and have won seven straight games. With Wiggins at the helm, the `Dogs are 12-3 against the Aggies.
Scouting the Aggies
New Mexico State enters the tournament as the No. 8 seed with an overall record of 6-23 and 3-11 in WAC. The Aggies last win was over San Jose State 56-55 on Feb. 18. Tabytha Wampler leads the team with 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
`Dogs Clinch 2012 Regular Season Title
With the Bulldogs 65-62 win over rival Louisiana Tech, Fresno State won the 2012 WAC Regular Season Title outright. It is the second outright regular season title for the Bulldogs in the last three year. The `Dogs have won a piece of the conference crown five years in a row. Fresno State also clinched the No. 1 seed for the WAC Tournament.
Four `Dogs Earn Conference Honors
Sophomore Ki-Ki Moore snagged the top honors from the WAC. Moore was named conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Rosie Moult and Taylor Thompson earned spots on the second-team All-WAC and Defensive All-WAC teams. Madison Parrish was named to the WAC All-Freshman team after her first season.
Bulldogs Tournament Tested
Fresno State has performed exceptionally well at the WAC Tournament in recent years sporting a tournament record of 11-2 and have won 11 of its past 13 games in the event. The Bulldogs won the WAC Tournament during the 2007-08 season with a 72-56 victory over New Mexico State, a first in the history of the program. The following year, Fresno State became the first team to repeat as WAC Tournament champions since Louisiana Tech did so in 2003-04. The Bulldogs were edged by La Tech in 2009-10 championship game 68-66, but took back the tournament title in 2010-11 with a 78-76 win over the Lady Techsters.
Fresno State won the 2011 WAC Tournament with a 78-76 victory over Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs won after Bree Farley made the game-winning layup with 2.9 seconds left in the game. Jaleesa Ross was named Tournament MVP after finishing with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting against the Lady Techsters. She is the first player to earn the honor three times. Rosie Moult was also named to the all-tournament team. Moult tied a career high with 23 points in an 86-76 semifinal victory over Utah State.
On The Road Again
The Bulldogs played 17 games on the road this season and are 11-4 so far away from the Save Mart Center. Fresno State is also 1-0 in neutral territory. The 'Dogs' next hit the road March 7 for the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas.
Bulldogs in the National Spotlight
Fresno State is among the best in the country in several statistical categories half way through the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs are averaging 75.2 points per game and are 10th in the nation in scoring offense. The `Dogs are third in the country in 3-pointers made averaging 9.7 per game and 26th in 3-point percentage at 35.0 percent. Fresno State has the 13th best assist to turnover ratio at 1.1 and fourth in turnover margin +7.2. The `Dogs are also ranked 11th nationally with 12.4 steals per game.
Junior Rosie Moult ranks ninth in the country in 3-pointers made with 2.9 per game. Sophomore Taylor Thompson has the 16th best assist to turnover ratio in the country at 2.1. Ki-Ki Moore is 24th in the country in steals per game with 2.9.
Fresno State Leading the Way
The Bulldogs lead the Western Athletic Conference in many statistical categories. The `Dogs have best winning percentage so far in the WAC with a 25-5 record. As a team, the Bulldogs lead the WAC in scoring offense (75.2), scoring margin (+12.6), assists (496), steals (373) and 3-pointers made (292).
Rosie Moult is second the WAC in steals per game (2.3) and first in 3-pointers made with 2.9 per game. Ki-Ki Moore is second in the WAC in scoring with 16.5 points per game and first in the WAC in steals with 2.97 per game. Taylor Thompson is fourth in the WAC in assists with 3.73 per game and has the best assist/turnover ratio at 2.1.
Moult Reaches 1,000
Junior Rosie Moult joined the 1,000 career point club on March 3. The guard scored 21 points against New Mexico State bringing her career total to 1,010 point over the last three years. Moult needs 262 more points to break into the top 10 in Bulldog history.
"We Are Your Team!" The Bulldogs head to Las Vegas next week for the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena. No. 1 seeded Fresno State faces the No. 8 seed New Mexico State on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m.
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