Dec. 4, 2013
Fresno State vs. San Diego Christian
Series record: First Matchup
Game #8 Dec. 8, 2013 2:00 p.m. PT
Fresno State vs. Santa Clara
Series record: Fresno State leads 22-15
Last Meeting: Fresno State 53, Santa Clara 58 (12/29/12, Santa Clara, Calif.)
Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
Fresno State will face San Diego Christian this Thursday, Dec. 5 to kick off its five-game home stand at the Save Mart Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. for first-ever matchup of the two teams.
The Bulldogs then turn around and play Santa Clara on Sunday Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. The 'Dogs lead the all-time series 22-15 having won the last four games played in Fresno.
Fresno State enters Thursday's game with a 3-3 record, having finished second in the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic last weekend with a win over Liberty and a loss to Seton Hall in the championship game.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson leads the 'Dogs averaging 15 points per game after scoring a team-high 15 points against Seton Hall on Nov. 30.
The Bulldogs scored 18 threes in the two-game split last weekend. Fresno State is averaging nine 3-pointers per game while shooting 36.1 from the line so far this season with five different players recording at least eight triples after six games.
Fresno State is 1-1 at home this season with a win over UC Merced and a loss to USC. The 'Dogs were 6-0 in home nonconference matches last season.
Fresno State, which ranked third in the nation last year with 12.9 steals per game, has 55 steals and forced 104 turnovers in its first six games this season.
► Taylor Thompson led the Bulldogs in two games in the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic with 34 points, averaging 17 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line. Thompson has scored in the double figures five times this season, scoring 15 points or over three times.
► With 19 steals in her first six games this year, Thompson has moved into second place for the most steals in school history and needs 18 more to break the school record of 275 that Rosie Moult set last season.
►Senior guard Bree Farley scored in double-digits just twice last season and has only four times in her first three years in the program. So far this year, she has scored in the double-digits four times, most recently scoring 13 points against Liberty while shooting 47.1 percent from the field this season.
►In two home games this year the Bulldogs are shooting 37.2 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from 3-point land while averaging 64 point per game at the Save Mart Center.
Scouting San Diego Christian (5-1, 0-0 GSAC)
San Diego Christian (5-1) is coming off a 70-64 overtime victory over Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday Dec. 3. With only one loss to Corban University the Hawks have won their only road match of the season over Simpson. Sophomore Anderia Carbonnel leads the Hawks averaging 11.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. San Diego Christian is shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from the 3-point land this year while averaging 63.5 points per game.
Scouting Santa Clara(2-5, 0-0 WCC)
Santa Clara (2-5) has two wins over San Francisco State and Cal State Northridge this season. The Broncos are coming off a large loss to Hampton on Nov. 30 and have lost two of their last three games. Santa Clara is 1-1 on the road this season and have lost its last four games played at the Save Mart Center. The Broncos are led by junior Nici Gilday who is averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 31.6 percent from the field. Shooting 41.6 from the field and 25.4 percent from the 3-point line Santa Clara is averaging 69.4 points per game while allowing 74.1 points on average.
Home for December
After playing four straight games on the road, the Bulldogs return to the Save Mart Center for the month of December to host San Diego Christian, Santa Clara, Portland, San Francisco and Stanford. After hosting five home games Fresno State is set to open conference play at UNLV on Jan. 1, 2014.
Seton Hall Tournament Recap
Fresno State defeated Liberty (70-66) in the semifinal of the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 29 to advance to the championship game where they faced Seton Hall. In a game of 15 lead changes the Bulldogs battled Seton Hall to a 64-58 loss to finish second in the tournament.
Thompson Named Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week
Taylor Thompson led the Bulldogs in two games in the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic with 34 points, averaging 17 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line. The senior guard also totaled 12 rebounds, 11 assists and six steals in the two-game split. In the win over Liberty Thompson led Fresno State across the board with 19 points, six assists, eight rebounds and four steals. Thompson shot 5-for-12 from the field, making 50 percent of her 3-point attempts. In her 100th start for Fresno State against Seton Hall Thompson led the Bulldogs with a team-high 15 points and five assists and also had four rebounds and two steals. After finishing second in the tournament Thompson was named to the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team alongside teammate Moriah Faulk.
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