March 7, 2013
UNLV Lady Rebels (12-17, 8-7 MW) at Fresno State Bulldogs (20-8, 12-3 MW)
Game #29 MW Game #16 March 9, 2013
2 p.m. PT Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM with Christian Lukens Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: UNLV leads 15-8 Last Meeting: 2/6/13 - FS 72, UNLV 66 in Las VegasFresno State Game Notes
The Fresno State women's basketball team wraps up the 2012-13 regular season on Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs host UNLV at 2 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State has secured the No. 2 seed for next week's 2013 Reese's Mountain West Tournament. Regardless if they win or lose Saturday, the Bulldogs hold the tiebreaker over third-seed Wyoming because the 'Dogs have a win over top-seeded San Diego State.
UNLV currently sits in fourth place in the conference and Lady Rebel senior guard Kelli Thompson is the MW's leading scorer, averaging 18.8 points per game.
In the first meeting with UNLV this season back on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas, the Bulldogs pulled out the 72-66 road win behind 21 points from senior guard Rosie Moult. Alex Sheedy added 14 points and eight rebounds for the 'Dogs who forced UNLV to turn the ball over 24 times in the game.
Moult and senior center Jeanna Furst will be playing their final home game, as their four-year careers are coming to an end. The duo will be honored at Saturday's Senior Day. Over their four-year careers, Moult and Furst have led Fresno State to a 100-29 (.775) record. They are the winningest senior class in program history for players that have played all four years at Fresno State (read more on this below).
The Bulldogs are now chasing down the best four-year stretch in program history. From 2008-12, Fresno State went 104-30 (.776) and now one year later the Bulldogs need just four more wins to match that total as the best four-year period in school history.
Over these last four seasons, Moult and Furst have helped Fresno State win 48-of-55 games that they have played at home in the Save Mart Center.
► Fresno State has secured the No. 2 seed at the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Tournament and will face the No. 7 seed Boise State in the first round on Thursday, March 14 at 6:05 p.m. in Las Vegas.
► Rosie Moult ranks 11th nationally with 3.04 3-pointers per game and the Bulldogs as a team are tied for 23rd nationally with 7.2 three's per game.
► The Bulldogs rank No. 3 nationally with 13.1 steals per game and their 366 total steals on the season are the second-most in Mountain West history. Fresno State needs 25 more steals to tie the 2007-08 SDSU team that holds the league record.
Fresno State vs. UNLV - Scouting Report
UNLV leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs 15-8, but Fresno State has won six of the last seven games in the series. Fresno State is 5-5 all-time at home against the Lady Rebels and has won three-straight. This is UNLV's first trip to the Save Mart Center since Dec. 12, 2009 when the Bulldogs prevailed 63-45 on a night when the 'Dogs hit 14 3-pointers and got 16 points from Jaleesa Ross. Rosie Moult had six points and six rebounds in that victory.
UNLV currently sits in fourth place in the Mountain West with an 8-7 league record and the Lady Rebels are 12-17 overall on the season. UNLV defeated Boise State on the road Wednesday behind 27 points from Kelli Thompson and 26 points and 19 rebounds from forward Rejane Verin. Thompson leads the MW in scoring at 18.8 points per game and she has taken 177 more shots than any other player on the team. Verin averages 7.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds, so her performance at Boise State was the best of her career.
Last Time Against UNLV
Fresno State grinded out a gritty 72-66 win on the road at UNLV on Feb. 6 to record its season-best fifth-straight win. Coming out of the halftime break with the score knotted up at 32 apiece, neither team could pull away from one another. Through the first six minutes of the second half the lead went back and forth seven times. UNLV grew its lead to as much as five points with 11:57 to go in the game before the 'Dogs began to bite back. Fresno State chipped at the lead over the next four minutes, outscoring the Lady Rebels 7-2 during the next three and half minutes. Robin Draper, off the bench, came up with two crucial back-to-back three's. Rosie Moult was the Bulldogs' leading scorer with 21 points. As the Lady Rebels got within one point with 1:38 left, Moult hit arguably the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down to put the 'Dogs up by four. Taylor Thompson and Ki-Ki Moore sealed the game from the line down the stretch, combining to go 9-of-10 from the line in the final minute. As a team, Fresno State was 20-of-26 from the line in the game. Thompson finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, Moore broke her streak with nine-straight games with 15 points or more as she finished with 10. Alex Sheedy was the fourth Bulldog to score in double-figures with 14. Sheedy was an efficient 6-of-9 from the field, going 2-of-3 from behind the 3-point arc.
Winningest Senior Class in Program History
Seniors Rosie Moult and Jeanna Furst have won more games at Fresno State than any other players in program history. The duo has helped Fresno State go 100-29 (.775) over the last four seasons, which is the best record for any players to play four years at Fresno State. In the four seasons between 2008-12, Fresno State went 104-30, but the 2011-12 senior class was comprised of Blakely Goldberg and Veronica Wilson - two players that transferred to Fresno State and only played two seasons with the Bulldogs. The 2010-11 senior class of Emma Andrews, Marnique Arnold, Taja Edwards, Haley Munro and Jaleesa Ross went 98-35 (.737) in their four years in a Bulldog uniform and was the winningest senior class to play four years at Fresno State until being surpassed this season by Moult and Furst.
Bulldogs Reach 20 Wins
For the sixth-straight season and the 13th time in program history, Fresno State has reached the 20-win plateau. The Bulldogs along with San Diego State and Wyoming, who both have 23 wins on the season, are the only teams in the Mountain West that have hit 20 wins.
Adding on to her Record
Senior guard Rosie Moult, who two weeks ago became Fresno State's all-time leader in steals, keeps adding on to her record. In last Saturday's win at Air Force, Moult had a career-high seven steals. She has 11 steals in her last two games and now has 262 in her career. Moult's seven steals at Air Force tied for the second most in a game this season by any Mountain West player. The players she tied were her teammates Taylor Thompson and Ki-Ki Moore. Thompson had seven steals on Dec. 2 against UT Arlington and Moore had seven on Jan. 23 against Boise State.
Thompson, with 231 career steals, currently ranks third in program history. With one more season of eligibility remaining, she will have a chance next season to break Moult's record.
As a team, Fresno State ranks third nationally with 13.1 steals per game. After recording 21 steals in the win at Air Force - the most from the 'Dogs this year and the second most from any Mountain West team this season - Fresno State now has 366 steals on the season. That is the second-most in Mountain West history and the Bulldogs need 25 more steals to tie the 2007-08 San Diego State team that holds the league record. The school record for most steals in a season is the 420 that the Bulldogs recorded last year while winning a school-record 28 games.
Ki-Ki Moore Reaches 1,000 Points as a Bulldog
Ki-Ki Moore has become the 18th player in school history to score over 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform. She surpassed the milestone last on Feb. 23 when she scored 22 points in the win over Boise State. She scored 571 points last year in her first season as a Bulldog and is at 469 points this year, giving her 1,040 points as a Bulldog. Moore needs 31 more points this season to become just the second player in Fresno State history (joining Jaleesa Ross) as the only Bulldogs to score over 500 points in back-to-back seasons. If you add in her freshman season that she played at Washington State, then Moore's career total for points scored currently sits at 1,401.
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