By Stephen Trembley
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Fresno State women's basketball team opened its four-game exhibition tour of Australia with a 64-60 loss to the Sandringham Sabres on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs built a 14-point lead in the second quarter before the Sabres rattled off a 21-12 run to close the first half and pull within five at the break.
Sandringham took its largest lead at 48-43 before Sheedy hit a big 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third quarter.
Fresno State never gave up and moved back in front at 58-55 with 3:45 to play when senior point guard Stephanie Rovetti drove hard to the basket and got fouled as she made a lay-up on a crisp assist from Sheedy. Rovetti made the ensuing free throw for the hard-nosed 3-point play.
Sandringham tied it at 58-58 on a 3-pointer shortly after and then snatched the lead for good at 60-58 on the next possession with 1:30 to play.
Other highlights for the Bulldogs in the exhibition contest were a solid post game by freshman Bego Faz Davalos, who posted nine points on 4 of 9 shooting and grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds and three blocks, and good ball movement in working through the installation of the offense.
Fresno State will travel to Moe, which is Sheedy's hometown, on Wednesday for a practice and a BBQ at Sheedy's home before returning to Melbourne for some evening activities, including a visit to Eureka Tower. The Bulldogs then play Thursday night for game two of the tour that also takes Fresno State to Sydney and Cairns over the next week.
"Be Bold." -- To stay connected with the #DogsDownUnder, be sure to follow @FresnoStateWBB on Twitter and continue visiting www.GoBulldogs.com for updates direct from Australia.
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