Dogs To Pay No. 2 Stanford A Visit
Fresno State takes its four-game winning streak to The Farm on Sunday.
Dec. 10, 2010
Bulldogs Take Four-Game Winning Streak To The Farm
Fresno State will put its four-game winning streak on the line Sunday when it faces Stanford, one of the premier teams in the country. The Bulldogs are coming off a 75-67 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in which senior guard Jaleesa Ross led all scorers with 19 points. She was 7-for-19 from the floor and hit five 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Rosie Moult posted her first double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
Scouting The Cardinal
Sunday afternoon's run-in with Fresno State is Stanford's first game since beating Texas 93-78 on Nov. 28. Since then, the Cardinal has been on a two-week break for final exams. Stanford, currently ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Poll, shot a season-best 57.4 percent (26-for-49) from the field against the Longhorns. Senior Kayla Pedersen posted her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The Cardinal, winners of 49 consecutive home games, currently leads the Pac-10 in field-goal percentage (47.8), free-throw percentage (75.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23). Stanford returns 11 players from the team that advanced to the NCAA championship game last season.
The Series with Stanford
The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Fresno State 18-6 and has won the past six meetings. Last year, Stanford defeated the Bulldogs, 68-46 at the Save Mart Center. Fresno State hasn't topped the Cardinal since the 1986-87 season.
Wiggins Against Nationally Ranked Teams
Bulldog Wins Against Nationally Ranked Opponents since 1990
Since Adrian Wiggins was named head coach of the Bulldogs in 2005, his team is 3-8
against nationally ranked opponents. In its last matchup with a ranked team, Fresno State lost to then-No. 9/11 Oklahoma 84-66 on Nov. 22. The Bulldogs haven't beaten a ranked opponent since the 2008-09 season when they knocked off then-No. 22 TCU 75-71.
Dec. 4, 2008, Fresno State 75, No. 22 TCU 71
Dec. 1, 2006, Fresno State 74, No. 23 Texas Tech 65
Nov. 21, 2006, Fresno State 61, No. 18 BYU 51
Feb. 8, 1992, Fresno State 86, No. 25 Long Beach State 84 (OT)
Jan. 23, 1991, Fresno State 73, No. 24 Long Beach State 72 (at LBS)
Feb. 24, 1990, Fresno State 73, No. 2 UNLV 65
Emma's Triumphant Return
Senior point guard Emma Andrews returned to the Fresno State lineup for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery last spring in Fresno State's 75-72 win over TCU on Dec. 4. Andrews scored six points -- and hit the game-winning bucket -- in 19 minutes of playing time. She also had four assists and one steal.
Bulldogs Ink Three For 2011-12
Fresno State signed three players to national letters of intent. 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. 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 310 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 83 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 1,587 points in her career and is currently in fourth place on the Fresno State all-time scoring list. She needs nine more points to pass Wendy Martell (1,595) and move into third place and 192 to leap to the top of the list, surpassing Yvette Roberts (1,778 points).
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!"-- Fresno State returns to the Save Mart Center on Dec. 29 to face USC. For more information, visit Gobulldogs.com.