Dec. 12, 2013
Fresno State vs. Portland
Series record: Portland leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Fresno State 69, Portland 76 (12/14/12, Portland, Ore.)
Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
Fresno State faces Portland on Saturday, Dec. 14 for game No. 3 of the Bulldogs five-game home stand. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.
The 'Dogs trail the Pilots 1-0 after losing in the first ever match up of the two teams last year on Dec. 14 at Portland.
Fresno State enters Saturday's game with a 5-3 record, having defeated Santa Clara 69-49 on Dec. 8 and San Diego Christian with a 54-point victory on Dec. 5.
The 28 points the Bulldogs allowed San Diego Christian are the fewest by any Mountain West team this season and the fewest allowed by a Bulldog team since Dec. 9, 2008 in a 68-29 victory over Cal State Northridge.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson leads the 'Dogs averaging 13.3 points per game, Thompson has scored in the double figures six times this season, scoring 15 points or over three different times.
Fresno State is averaging 8.5 3-pointers per game while shooting 34.9 percent from the line so far this season with five different players recording at least nine triples after eight games.
Fresno State is 3-1 at home this season with a wins over UC Merced, San Diego Christian and Santa Clara. 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 82 steals and forced 153 turnovers in its first eight games this season.
► Sophomore Moriah Faulk has scored in double figures in the last four games and registered her second double-double in her last three outings off of a season-high15 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Santa Clara.
► With 24 steals in her first eight games this year, Thompson has moved into second place for the most steals in school history and needs 13 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 four home games this year the Bulldogs are shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point land while averaging 69.8 point per game at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs have outrebounded their opponents by a 12.5 margin when playing at home this season.
Scouting Portland (5-3, 0-0 WCC)
Under head coach Jim Sollars, Portland (5-3) is coming off an 85-71 home win over MW foe Boise State. After hosting a four game home stand, this is the first time the Pilots have hit the road in close to three weeks. Portland is 1-2 on the road this season, with road losses to Oregon and Montana. The Pilots are led by junior guard Kari Luttinen who is averaging 16 points per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the field. Shooting 39.1 from the field and 32.5 percent from the 3-point line Portland is averaging 74 points per game while allowing 72.2 points on average. This will be the Pilots first time playing in the Save Mart Center.
Last Time Around
Fresno State and Portland squared off for the first time exactly one year ago in Portland, Ore. at the Chiles Center on Dec. 14, 2012. In the first matchup of the two teams Portland came out on top, outscoring the Bulldogs 76-69. Fresno State forced 19 turnovers and recorded 13 steals in the loss while being outrebounded 40-32 by the Pilots. Rosie Mault led the 'Dogs with a team-high 17 points, Taylor Thompson added 11 points and five rebounds.
Santa Clara Recap
Coming off an 82-28 victory over San Diego Christian at the Save Mart Center, the Bulldogs carried their momentum over into Sunday's game against Santa Clara, defeating the Broncos 69-49 for their second straight home win. In a well balanced attack the Bulldogs had four players score in the double figures in the victory over Santa Clara. Taylor Thompson and Alex Sheedy had 12 points each and Robin Draper added 10 on the board for Fresno State. Sophomore Moriah Faulk led the Bulldogs with a team-high 15 points. Faulk scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and registered her second double-double in her last three outings off of a season-high15 points and 13 rebounds.
Home for December
After playing four straight games on the road, the Bulldogs returned to the Save Mart Center on Dec. 5 to open up a five-game home stand during the month of December. Fresno State has won its first two games of the home series with wins over San Diego Christian and Santa Clara. The 'Dogs next host Portland, San Francisco and Stanford before opening conference play at UNLV on Jan. 1, 2014.
Bulldogs Give Back During Holiday Season
The Fresno State Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) will be putting on a two day blood drive this weekend, Dec. 13-14. SAAC will host the first day of the event at the Fresno Donor Center this Friday from 2-6 p.m. Day two of the blood drive will be held on Saturday from 11a.m.-2 p.m. in the Save Mart Center parking lot prior to the women's basketball team hosting Portland at 2 p.m. All donors will receive a free t-shirt and a ticket voucher to use at a women's basketball game. Also on Saturday the Bulldogs are working in partnership with the Bulldog Pantry and holding a holiday canned food drive. Fans that bring canned food items to donate will receive free admission to the game. All food donated will go directly back into the local Fresno community. In addition to the blood drive and canned food drive on Saturday, fans will have the opportunity to come take their holiday pictures in a winter wonderland with the one and only Timeout at the Save Mart Center on the main concourse. Photos will take place from 1p.m. when gates open until 2:15 p.m., just after tip-off.
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