Dec. 19, 2012
Game #11 - Dec. 21, 2012
Fresno State Bulldogs (6-4, 0-0 MW) at San Francisco Dons (7-4, 0-0 WCC)
5 p.m. PT • War Memorial Gym (4,268) • San Francisco, Calif.
Radio: None • Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: USF leads 16-12 • Last Meeting: 12/16/06 - FS 55, USF 48
The Fresno State women’s basketball team continues its road swing Friday evening against the San Francisco Dons as they travel to the bay for a 5 p.m. tip-off at War Memorial Gym.
Friday’s game is the third of a six-game trip away from the Save Mart Center after kicking off its trip last weekend in the Pacific Northwest.
Fresno State (6-4) continues to search for its first win away from its home court after dropping two contests last weekend.
The ’Dogs were at the cusp of its elusive first road win (0-4) last time out against Oregon as the ’Dogs dropped a one-point decision, 65-64, in the final seconds to the Ducks.
Rosie Moult returned to the starting lineup last Sunday and scored 17 points for the ’Dogs. Moult carried the ’Dogs for much of the game but drew the front side of the iron as time expired on the game’s final shot as the Ducks outlasted Fresno State.
Despite its road woes, the ‘Dogs continue to be two games above .500 and lead the Mountain West in several stat categories including assist/turnover margin (1.0), turnover margin (+5.70), steals (13.6 per game) and assists (14.5 per game).
Fresno State’s first win on the road won’t come easy as they go up against San Francisco which is 7-4 on the season. The Dons average 74.1 points per game at home, including back-to-back 93 and 92 point outbursts in its last two home games.
The ‘Dogs will have its Christmas break following Friday’s game and resume play Dec. 29 at Santa Clara.
► Fresno State’s game versus San Francisco will be its first pairing since 2006. USF owns a 16-12 all-time series lead. Although the ’Dogs have won its last three straight matchups dating back to the ‘02, ‘05 and ‘06 seasons.
► Ki-Ki Moore recorded her eight-career double-double and second of the season at Oregon with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
► Taylor Thompson is averaging 3.9 steals per game, best in the Mountain West and ninth among all Division I teams.
► Rosie Moult returned to the starting lineup versus Oregon for the first time since Nov. 28. Moult has led the ’Dogs in scoring in its last two games, each with 17.
► The ’Dogs will host its next game at the Save Mart Center in its first conference game versus New Mexico on Jan. 12, four weeks from its last home game.
Fresno State vs. San Francisco - Scouting Report
The San Francisco Dons are 7-4 in thus far in the 2012-13 season. Last time out the Dons won at Cal Poly 71-67 for its third straight victory. Mel Khlok registered a game high 19 points while shooting 5-of-9 from the field, 1-of-2 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe for the Dons. Alicia Scafidi led the team in rebounds with 13; she’s led the team in boards in last four-out-of-five games
San Francisco averages 65.9 points per game while its opponents average 61.1 points per game. The Dons are 5-1 at home and have averaged 74.1 points per game at War Memorial Gym.
Games away from the Save Mart Center has continued to be a struggle for the ’Dogs as they dropped both its matchups on the road last time out and moved to 0-4 on the road. The ’Dogs ventured out last week to the Pacific Northwest to take on the University of Portland and the University of Oregon to kick off its Christmas break six-game road swing.
Fresno State held a 42-35 halftime lead over the Portland Pilots behind a show from behind the arc as the ’Dogs knocked down six consecutive 3-pointers from four different Bulldogs. The charge was led by Rosie Moult who was 3-for-3 in that stretch. Although the ’Dogs cooled down and Portland gained the momentum in the second half outscoring Fresno State 26-5 in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The ’Dogs pushed back towards the end but it wasn’t enough to pull out the victory as the fell 76-69.
The ’Dogs lost a heartbreaker to the Oregon Ducks 65-64, it was another game the Bulldogs controlled for much of the first half but just couldn’t hold the lead out of the halftime break. The Ducks scored the first seven points in the first minute of the second half to reclaim the lead for the first time since taking a 2-0 with the opening basket. The headline of the bout with the Ducks was that there was 13 lead changes in the second half and it came down to the last possession of the game. The ’Dogs had the ball with eight seconds left on the clock and could not convert the shot at the buzzer for the win.
Taylor Thompson Steals the Show
Through ten games this season Taylor Thompson is averaging 3.9 steals per game which places her in the ninth in the NCAA. She leads the Mountain West in steals per game and classmate Ki-Ki Moore (2.9 spg) is right behind her in second. Thompson set a career-high in steals with seven on Dec. 2 versus UT Arlington. She is on pace to shatter her career season-best total of 77 steals with 39 with 19 regular season games left on the schedule.
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore recorded her eighth career double-double and second of the season as she scored 14 points to go with 11 boards at Oregon. The 11 rebounds was a season-high and just four from tying her career-high of 15. Seven of her 11 rebounds came in the first half alone. In addition to her double-double Moore had game-highs in assists (5) and steals (4) in the loss. Earlier this season versus Grambling State Moore scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Fresno State to a 64-52 win on Nov. 20.
Through its first ten games Fresno State ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West in steals per game (13.6), turnover margin (+5.70), assist/turnover ratio (1.0) and assists (14.5). The ‘Dogs have yet to lose its long-standing range from the 3-point arc as they lead sit second in 3-point shots made per game with 6.9. Fresno State ranks third in both its scoring margin (+9.0) and sit fourth with its scoring offense with 68.1 points per game, Nevada ranks first with a 72.2 per game average.
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