Bulldogs, Wolf Pack to Meet in Semifinals Friday

March 13, 2014

Fresno State Game Notes

2014 Reese's Mountain West Championships - Semifinal Game
Game #31 • March 14, 2014 • 2:30 p.m. PT

Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) • Las Vegas, Nev.

No. 2 Seed Fresno State (20-10, 13-5 MW) vs. No. 3 Seed Nevada (18-12, 12-6 MW)

Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network

After a quarterfinal round, 80-65 victory over UNLV, the second-seeded Fresno State women's basketball team advances to face No. 3 seed Nevada in the semifinals Friday of the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championships. Tip-off from the Thomas & Mack Center is set for 2:30 p.m.

Christian Lukens with ESPN2 790 AM is calling the game on the radio and fans can also watch it live online at the Mountain West Network.

Fresno State and Nevada split the regular season series, with each team winning at home.

The Wolf Pack won 63-60 in Reno on Jan. 22 in a game both teams shot under 35 percent (Fresno State 34.5 percent, Nevada 32.8 percent). In the second meeting, the Bulldogs held the Wolf Pack to just 48 points and 28.6 percent shooting.

Overall in the two games, Fresno State held Nevada to 30.7 percent shooting and just 55.5 points per game.

In the quarterfinal victory over UNLV, the 'Dogs won it with defense and an attacking offense. The Lady Rebels only shot 30.8 percent and Fresno State forced 18 turnovers.

Five Bulldogs scored in double figures in Tuesday's victory to open the 2014 Reese's MW Championships - a season-high for players in double figures - and four of them went for 15 or more points. The last time four Bulldogs all had 15 or more points in the same game was three years ago in a triple-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech.

Bulldog Headlines
► Fresno State's 80-65 victory over UNLV on Tuesday is the only game in the tournament that has not been decided by seven points or less.

► Fresno State has now won 20 or more games seven years in a row. The Bulldogs are the only team in the conference that has won 20 or more games in each of the last seven seasons (including this year).

► The Bulldogs have won a season-best six-straight games and have been led by Bree Farley and Taylor Thompson in the stretch run. Farley has averaged 18.0 points during the winning streak and Thompson has gone for 16.0 points and 6.7 rebounds.

► Fresno State has won 10-straight conference tournament games and is seeking its fourth-straight tournament title.

► The Bulldogs rank No. 2 in scoring defense in the Mountain West, holding opponents to 63.0 points per game. In the two games against Nevada this year, the Wolf Pack averaged just 55.5 points on 30.7 percent shooting against the 'Dogs.

Bulldogs Roll in MW Tournament Opener
Fresno State opened up a 24-7 lead in the first nine minutes and never looked back as it defeated UNLV 80-65 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. The Bulldogs led by as many as 20 in the game when they shot 44.3 percent and hit 10 3-pointers, which was the seventh game this year the 'Dogs have drained 10 or more threes. Fresno State was also great defensively, holding the Lady Rebels to 30.8 percent shooting while forcing 18 turnovers.

Balanced Scoring
Fresno State had five players score in double figures in Tuesday's quarterfinal victory over UNLV. That is the most players in a game this season that have scored double digits. The last time the Bulldogs had five players score in double figures was during the 2012-13 regular season finale, which also was against UNLV. Fresno State's starting five in that game all went for 10 or more points, with two going for over 15. In Tuesday's win over the Lady Rebels, four of the five Bulldogs had 15 or more points. The last time Fresno State had four players score 15 or more points in the same game was back on Jan. 13, 2011 in a 94-92 triple-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech. This season, Fresno State had four players score 10 or more points in 13 of the 30 games during the regular season. The Bulldogs and Wyoming were also the only schools in the conference that had three players on the team all averaging over 13.0 points per game.

Series History with Nevada
Fresno State leads the all-time series with Nevada 35-10 after the two teams split the season series. The Bulldogs had won 13-straight games over Nevada from 2007-13, until the Wolf Pack defeated the 'Dogs in Fresno last season. This will be the second meeting between schools in a conference tournament. Fresno State won 56-49 over the Wolf Pack in Reno, Nev. in the 2009 WAC Tournament championship game.

Season Recap vs. Nevada
Fresno State split the season series with Nevada, with each team winning at home. In the Jan. 22, 63-60 loss at Nevada, the Bulldogs trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half and five at the break, but started the second half on a 12-0 run. Nevada was able to claw its way back into the game after the early Bulldog run and cut what was a 47-41 Fresno State lead down to three by the 6:36 mark. The Bulldogs held the lead all the way until Danika Sharp's jumper with 1:15 remaining that gave Nevada a 61-60 edge, its first since the first two minutes of the second half. Fresno State had a 3-pointer from Robin Draper go in-and-out and Terilyn Moe added another basket to seal the win for Nevada.

In the second meeting on Feb. 12 the Bulldogs won by 25 points in the game they held Nevada to 48 total points and 28.6 percent shooting. That was one of seven games this year the 'Dogs have held an opponent to 50 points or less and one of three games where the opposition was held to under 30 percent shooting.



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