Dec. 14, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team returns to the Save Mart Center for another in-state contest against first year Division I foe Cal-State Bakersfield. The Bulldogs are 1-7 and looking for their first home win of the season while Bakersfield is 5-5 and coming off a near upset of Nebraska. Saturday's game can be heard live on 790 ESPN Radio, the Deuce.
Scouting Cal-State Bakersfield
Cal-State Bakersfield is 5-5 and coming off a near upset of Nebraska where they lost at home 66-62. Kelley Tarver leads the team in scoring at 17.6 points a game while Krista Arase is scoring 14 points, Naomi Johnson 12.7 points and Chris Kepenekian 12.1 points a game. Johnson leads Bakersfield in rebounding at 7.8 a contest. As a team Bakersfield is shooting 41 percent from the field and averaging 78.2 points a game. Cal-State Bakersfield is in its first year of Division I competition after making the jump from the Division II ranks. They are competing as an Independent.
Bulldogs against Cal-State Bakersfield
This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Since the end of last season Tierre Wilson has scored in double figures in 19 straight games. Prior to her career high of 28 points against Long Beach State, Wilson's high point performance during the 19 game stretch was 23 points at Loyola Marymount on December 5, 2007. Including last season, Wilson has led the Bulldogs in scoring in 17 games.
Tierre Wilson, Jaleesa Ross and Erica Henry have all set career highs in the last two games. In the win over Long Beach State Wilson tallied a career high of 28 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Ross had 17 points against Saint Mary's while Henry had 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Closing in on 1,000 Points
Tierre Wilson is 8 points away from breaking the 1,000 point mark for her career. She currently has 992 points and has increased her average each year. As a freshman she averaged 5.3 points then as a sophomore she upped her average to 11.2 points a game. As a junior she netted 14.4 points and in the first seven games of this season she is averaging 18.9 points a game. Wilson needs 160 points to break into the top 10 career leaders for total points.
This year the Dogs are not afraid to fire the 3-pointer as they have attempted at least 16 in every game. Fresno State has attempted 182 3-pointers, the second most in the WAC only to Boise State's 226. The Bulldogs best 3-point percentage of the season was against Cal when they went 10-22 (45.5 percent).
Friday's win over Long Beach State was the first game this season the Bulldogs have gotten stronger as the game went on as they turned a 31-20 halftime deficit into a 66-55 victory. Fresno State shot 52 percent in the second half and out scored Long Beach State 46-24 in the final period.
Tough Stretch of Games
Fresno State's first five opponents had a combined record of 30-14, good for a .681 winning percentage coming into this week. Oklahoma State has the best record at 8-0 while No. 12 Cal is 8-1. The Dogs first 10 opponents have a combined 52-36 good for a .590 winning percentage.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State women's basketball team returns to the Save Mart Center on Saturday, December 15 against Cal State Bakersfield at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at (559)485-TIXS, or in person at the Save Mart Center box office.
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