Fresno State Gears Up For TCU
    Marnique Arnold has started the past four games for Fresno State.
    Marnique Arnold has started the past four games for Fresno State.

    Dec. 3, 2010

    Bulldogs Nip Pacific, Turn Attention Toward TCU
    Fresno State is back in action after Wednesday night's narrow 66-64 win at Pacific. The Bulldogs led by as many as 17 points but were forced to fend off a late Tigers' run. Senior guard Jaleesa Ross rediscovered her scoring touch and led Fresno State with 19 points. Freshman guard Taylor Thompson scored a career-high 13 points in the victory. She was 5-of-14 from the floor and connected on three 3-point attempts. Sophomore forward Rosie Moult grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.

    Scouting The Frogs
    TCU comes to Fresno State in the middle of one of its toughest nonconference schedules in recent history, as two of the Frogs' past four games were against ranked opponents (No. 10 West Virginia, No. 17 Iowa State). The challenging slate has taken its toll. Just last week, TCU was ranked No. 21 in the nation, but three consecutive losses at the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam knocked the group out of the polls. The Frogs bounced back with a 69-57 come-from-behind victory over Houston on Thursday. Emily Carter led the way with 26 points. Helena Sverrisdottir is the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. The Frogs lead the all-time series with Fresno State 6-5.

    Arnold Gets The Nod
    Senior forward Marnique Arnold may have called her initial move to the starting lineup against UC Irvine a "trial run," but from all appearances, she is intent on keeping the spot. Arnold has started the past four games for the Bulldogs and each time has provided them with a lift. Against the Anteaters, Arnold couldn't miss. She was 10-for-13 from the floor for a career-high 23 points. Her 10 rebounds were a season high. In four starts, Arnold is averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds.



    Bulldogs Ink Three For 2011-12
    Fresno State signed three players to national letters of intent this week, coach Adrian Wiggins announced. Madison Parrish (Hanford, Calif./Hanford HS), Raven Fox (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley HS) and Saidah Allen (Oakland, Calif. /Piedmont HS) will all join the Bulldogs for the 2011-12 season. Parrish is considered one of the premier point guards in Valley history. She led Hanford to its third consecutive Central Section title last season, averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.4 rebounds. Fox averaged 16.1 points and 3.6 steals per game as a junior at Deer Valley High, and Allen scored 22.3 points per game last season at Piedmont.

    Fresno State Picked To Win WAC, Again
    Given the way the Bulldogs have performed in the WAC recently, perhaps it's no surprise they were selected to win the conference title again this year. Fresno State, winners of three consecutive WAC championships, collected seven of nine first-place votes in the recent coaches' preseason poll and 14 of 18 in the media poll. Fresno State, La Tech and Nevada were the top three-rated teams in both polls. Senior guard Jaleesa Ross was selected as the preseason player of the year.

    Ross' Record Watch
    Senior guard Jaleesa Ross, the Preseason WAC Player of the Year, heads into her final season with her sights set on a number of prestigious marks. One of the best 3-point shooters in the nation, Ross has made 300 3-pointers during her career and currently sits in third place in the WAC for 3-point field goals made. Already Fresno State's leader in that category, Ross is 93 away from becoming the NCAA's all-time leader for 3-pointers made. Former Kansas State guard Laurie Koehn holds the current record with 392 treys. Ross made 103 last season.

    Ross' Record Watch Part II
    Jaleesa Ross is also threatening to become Fresno State's all-time leading scorer. She has already amassed 1,551 points in her career and is currently in fourth place on the Fresno State all-time scoring list. She needs 64 more points to pass Wendy Martell (1,595) and move into third place and 228 to leap to the top of the list, surpassing Yvette Roberts (1,778 points).

    Fresno State Gets Offensive Against Sacramento State
    The Bulldogs put on an offensive show during their 120-93 victory over Sacramento State on Nov. 14. The team's 120-point scoring output was the second-highest in program history. Fresno State scored 129 points against Baylor in 1989. The Bulldogs did set a new standard by attempting 45 3-point field goals against the Hornets, though. The 2008-09 squad held the previous mark with 41 attempts vs. Sacramento State. The Bulldogs have hit a 3-pointer in 106 consecutive games.

    Bulldogs Shatter Record Books in 2010
    The Bulldogs set many school records over the course of last season. Here is a look at the records that were broken.

    - 27 wins in a season, previous record was 24
    - 19 straight wins, previous record was nine
    - 16-0 in WAC play, previous best record was 14-2
    - earned program's first-ever at large berth to the NCAA tournament

    "We Are Your Team!" -- Saturday's home game is "Take a Kid to the Game Day" where kids 12-under get in free with a paid adult. The game will also serve as a toy drive for Toys 4 Tots. Bring in a toy and receive free admission. And be sure to stick around for a post-game autograph session!

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