This is the second straight year Fresno State has played in the NCAA tournament.
March 18, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. -
After winning its second straight WAC Tournament championship, the Fresno State women's basketball team is headed back to the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs earned a No. 13 seed and plays No. 4 seeded Cal in Galen Center on the campus of USC in Los Angeles. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPN 2 with Terry Gannon and Mary Murphy calling the action. Fans can also listen to the game live on 790 ESPN Radio with Guy Haberman and Erica Henry.
The Bulldogs are in the Trenton Regional. The winner of the Fresno State- Cal game plays the winner of the No. 5 Virginia and No. 12 Marist game on Monday evening. Fresno State has never played Virginia or Marist.
The Fresno State women's basketball team departs for Los Angeles and the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament tomorrow (Thursday, March 19). The public is invited to come to the front of the North Gym at 11:15am tomorrow and join the band and spirit squad in cheering them on before they leave.
Fresno State in the NCAA Tournament
This is the second straight year the Bulldogs have earned a bid to the NCAA tournament. Last year Fresno State earned the programs first ever NCAA tournament bid by winning the 2008 WAC Tournament. The Bulldogs earned a No. 14 seed and lost to No. 3 Baylor 88-67 in the first round at the University of New Mexico.
Cal finished the year 25-6 and ranked No. 13 in the AP poll. The Bears are led by Ashley Walker's 19.3 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. Alexis Gray-Lawson is scoring 11.9 points a game. Cal is scoring 66.5 points a game and shooting 44 percent from the field.
Fresno State vs. Cal
Recapping the 2009 WAC Tournament
Cal leads the overall series 20-5. The two teams met last year in Fresno where the Bulldogs lost 83-79. Cal has won the last four meetings. The last time Fresno State defeated Cal was Dec. 17, 1995 when the Bulldogs won 68-61 in Fresno.
Fresno State became the first team to repeat as WAC Tournament champions since Louisiana Tech in 2003 and 2004. The Bulldogs played excellent defense, holding opponents to 34 percent shooting and 51 points as game. Jaleesa Ross
became the first player in the history of the WAC to be named WAC Tournament MVP in back-to-back years. Joh-Teena Filipe
also earned all-tournament honors.
Bulldogs Set 3-Point Record/Lead Nation in 3-pointers Made
For the second straight year Fresno State set a new school record for 3-pointers made and attempted in a single season. Last year Fresno State was 262-for-762, good for 34 percent. Against New Mexico State, on March 4, the Bulldogs set the new record by going 12-for-25 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs have now hit 305-for-875 from long range, good for 34.9 percent. The 875 3-point attempts is a new NCAA record. Fresno State has led the nation in 3-pointers made per game all season. They are currently making 9.5 a contest.
School record for wins
Fresno State's 24-8 record ties the school record for most wins in school history. The 2005-06 team also finished 24-8. Since Adrian Wiggins has been the head coach he has had the three winningest seasons in school history. His 2007-08 team won 22 games, tying the mark for the second most wins in program history.
Bulldogs Set WAC 3-Point Records
Fresno State's 305 3-pointers is a WAC single season record, breaking the previous record of 290 set by Colorado State in 1998-99. The 875 three-point attempts by Fresno State is also a WAC single season record, breaking the previous record of 795 set by Colorado State in the same season. The Bulldogs need 21 3-pointers to tie the NCAA record of 326, set by Villanova in 2008.
Leading the Bulldogs to Greater Heights
Adrian Wiggins is the only Fresno State coach in the 44-year history to not have a losing season. Since he became head coach he is averaging 22 wins per season in his four full-seasons. Since he became Fresno State's head coach for his first full-season(2005-06), the Bulldogs have the most wins in the WAC (88). His worst season record of 18-13 in 2006-07 was better than any single season four of his six predecessors ever had at Fresno State.
"Join the State - Fresno State"- Follow the Bulldogs in their run at the NCAA tournament on gobulldogs.com. The game can be heard live on 790 ESPN Radio and seen on ESPN 2. For information regarding tickets, contact the USC ticket office by calling 213-740-4672.