Nov. 19, 2012
Game #5 - Nov. 30, 2012
Washington State (2-4, 0-0 Pac-12) at Fresno State (2-2, 0-0 Mountain West)
7 p.m. PT Save Mart Center (15,546) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM Live Stats & Video Streaming: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: 6-2 Fresno State LeadsOpening Tip
The Fresno State Bulldogs host Washington State Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
For Fresno State, Friday's game is its second in a stretch where it plays three games in five days. It is also the second to last home game of a run where the Bulldogs play 6-of-7 games at home. The home stand ends on Sunday when the 'Dogs host UT Arlington.
This is Fresno State's second of four games against Pac-12 teams this season. The 'Dogs opened up the year with a 72-61 loss against Stanford, who is currently the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. Fresno State hosts USC on Dec. 5 and plays at Oregon on Dec. 16.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 66-56 loss at Pacific on Wednesday. Fresno State shot just 29.9 percent in that loss to the Tigers, who remained undefeated with the win.
"We have a lot of basketball to play here in the short term," head coach Raegan Pebley said after the loss at Pacific. "We got some great opponents and we are going to learn a lot about ourselves as a team and we are going to keep working to improve."
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore scored 20 points for the Bulldogs in the loss at Pacific. She has scored in double figures in all four games this season and is set to face her former team Friday in Washington State.
Fresno State is 2-0 at home this season where it averages 73 points per game and shoots 42.4 percent from the field.
Fresno State is 6-2 all-time against Washington State and 4-0 at home. This is the first meeting between the schools since Dec. 9, 2004 when the Bulldogs won 65-61 at the Save Mart Center.
This game is Fresno State's second during its stretch where it plays three games in five days.
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore has scored in double figures in all four games this season and she went over 1,000 points in her career on Wednesday at Pacific.
Point guard Taylor Thompson has 15 assists against five turnovers this year and her 15 steals are tied with UNLV's Rmanii Haynes for the most in the Mountain West.
Fresno State has won 13-straight games at the Save Mart Center. Its last home loss was on Dec. 4, 2011 to No. 5 Stanford.
Moore Hits 1,000 Career Points
With her 20-point game at Pacific on Wednesday, junior guard Ki-Ki Moore surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for her career. She scored 361 points as a freshman at Washington State, the team she now faces Friday, in the 2009-10 season. Then last year, she led the Bulldogs in scoring with 571 points. For her Bulldog career, she is at 640 points and at the rate she is going - as she has scored in double figures in all four games this season - it appears she'll hit the 1,000-point mark for her Bulldog career by year's-end. She would become the 19th Bulldog and second on the current roster to score over 1,000 points at Fresno State. Senior guard Rosie Moult surpassed 1,000 career points last season and she currently has 1,094 points in her career.
'Dogs Fall at Pacific
Fresno State was unable to hand Pacific its first loss of the season on Wednesday in a 66-56 loss. In their first game in eight days, the Bulldogs (2-2) only shot 29.9 percent in the loss to the Tigers. Pacific improved to 6-0 with the win, despite turning the ball over 19 times and allowing Fresno State to collect 19 offensive rebounds. Fresno State held a 32-25 lead before Pacific scored seven unanswered to tie it up at the half. Then the Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 12-5 in the first seven minutes of the second period to take a 44-37 lead, which they did not relinquish. The Bulldogs were 2-for-17 from 3-point land while Pacific hit six 3-pointers on the night. Ki-Ki Moore scored 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting to lead the Bulldogs. Pacific shot 44.2 percent in the game and was led by Kendall Rodriguez, who had 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
Strong on the Boards
Fresno State is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of nine boards a game this season and has won the rebounding battle in all four games this year. The Bulldogs are averaging 20 offensive rebounds per game, which has led to an average of 13 second-chance points per game. Freshman center Jacinta Vandenberg leads the team by averaging 8.3 rebounds per game and she has a total of 25 rebounds over the last two contests. Ki-Ki Moore averages 6.3 boards per game to go with her team-high 17.3 points and Rosie Moult adds another 6.0 rebounds per game.
Looking to Find Their Range
The Bulldogs are looking to break out of a 3-point slump. Fresno State is 9-for-46 (.196) from 3-point land in its last two games, including going just 2-for-17 behind the arch in Wednesday's loss at Pacific. Last season, Fresno State hit a program record 332 3-pointers and averaged just under 10 3-pointers per game. Ki-Ki Moore, Bree Farley, Rosie Moult and Alex Sheedy have all hit five trey's this season to tie for the team lead. Last year, Moult led the WAC in 3-pointers made with 92, which ranks No. 4 in program single-season history, and was ninth in the country in three's per game with 2.75.
Fresno State vs. Washington State - The Series
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 6-2, although this is Fresno State's first game against the Cougars since a 65-61 win at home on Dec. 9, 2004. The Bulldogs are 4-0 all-time at home against Washington State. Six of the eight games in the series have been decided by nine points or less, including all four games in the series that have been played in Fresno.
Last Time Against Washington State
Amy Parrish's first 3-pointer of the season allowed Fresno State to defeat Washington State 65-61 on Dec. 9, 2004. Trailing 60-59, Parrish knocked down the trey with 45 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Fresno State (6-0) to a 65-61 win over Washington State and the best start to a season in school history. That six-game winning streak to open the 2004-05 season was the first since 1990.
Late in the second half, it looked as if the Bulldog's hot start might come to an end. Washington State, which trailed 30-19 at halftime, came up with an inspired second-half effort and outscored Fresno State 42-35 over the final 20 minutes. The Cougars made 5-of-8 attempts from behind the 3-point line, including three critical treys from Stephanie Singer.
Junior point guard Taylor Thompson has a team-high 15 assist against five turnovers this year. Last season, a year in which she was a second-team All-WAC selection, Thompson dished out a team-high 124 assists while only turning the ball over 58 times. She had the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the league and 16th best in the country at 2.1. Thompson is averaging 8.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and has a team-best 15 steals through four games this season.
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