Farley, Thompson Look to go out On Top
March 6, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State seniors Bree Farley and Taylor Thompson have played in the greatest era of Bulldog women's basketball history, helping the 'Dogs to three conference tournament titles, one regular season championship and three berths in the NCAA Tournament.
With their careers coming to an end, the duo reflects on what has been a good run and what is still left to accomplish.
"Winning is great, playing basketball is great, but the memories with my teammates, that's what I am going to remember the most," Thompson said.
Fresno State is set to honor its two seniors before Friday's game against San Jose State, a game that has been dubbed the Super Senior Sendoff.
The two have helped lead the Bulldogs to a 95-33 record over the last four seasons, including a 47-10 mark at home in the Save Mart Center.
As a tribute to them, Fresno State Athletics and ESPN2 790 AM have partnered to offer ticket vouchers to Friday's game that fans can redeem for up to four (4) free tickets.
"Taylor and Bree are two very special Bulldogs that have given all they have to the Red Wave," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "Wouldn't it be amazing for their Save Mart farewell to be one for the record books?
"The best memory you can give your seniors on senior night is a win."
Winning championships is always something a player will cherish, but the bonds built between teammates is something these two seniors will never forget.
"Being a part of something bigger than myself, we work so hard and we see each other through really good and really bad times," Farley said. "I think just having those type of friends that are really family members - just having them around you and having a really good support system [is what I will miss]."
Thompson came to Fresno State from Cache, Okla. in 2009, but had to redshirt her true freshman season because of an injury. Since then she has been a warrior for the Bulldogs, playing in 125 of 128 games over these last four seasons while making 122 starts.
Earlier this season, Thompson broke the school's all-time steals record, surpassing the mark that her friend and former teammate Rosie Moult set last year. She also became the 20th player in school history to score over 1,000 points in a career and is one of just three Bulldogs to hit that scoring milestone while having over 400 assists.
"Taylor is one of the hardest workers I have ever met, or that I have ever played with," sophomore center Jacinta Vandenberg said of her. "She works so hard, and it's all about the team and it's all about winning."
Farley traveled much further than Thompson to come to Fresno State, hailing from Kadina, South Australia. Like Thompson, she too has left her mark on the program.
Farley has missed only one game in her career, and this season has become a star and savior for the Bulldogs. She has been dubbed "Big Shot Bree" for her ability to make shots when the 'Dogs need them most, which was never more obvious than on Jan. 18 this season when she hit the game-winning basket at New Mexico in the final seconds.
"[Bree] brings this spirit that I don't think anyone can replace," junior guard Robin Draper said. "She is happy all the time, rarely have I seen her mad. I just think she lifts everyone up. We want to do good for her."
Farley is 27 points away form joining Thompson as the second Bulldogs on the team to have scored 1,000 career points.
Thompson and Farley have gotten the team to rally this year and enter senior night having won four-straight. The Bulldogs look to keep that momentum rolling into next week's 2014 Reese's Mountain West Tournament, where the senior duo looks for their fourth conference tournament title in four years.
"Catch the Wave" - ESPN2 790 AM is the home of the Fresno State women's basketball team.