Dec. 19, 2013
Fresno State vs. San Francisco
Series record: San Francisco leads 16-13
Last Meeting: Fresno State 72, San Francisco 63 (12/21/12, San Francisco, Calif.)
Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
Fresno State hosts San Francisco on Friday, Dec. 20 for game No. 4 of the Bulldogs five-game home stand during the month of December. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.
The 'Dogs trail the Don 16-13 all-time, though the Bulldogs have won the last four straight matchups of the two teams including two wins in Fresno in the last 11 years.
Fresno State enters Friday's game with a 6-3 record, having won its past three straight games at home with victories over San Diego Christian, Santa Clara and most recently Portland.
Sophomore guard Moriah Faulk scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in leading Fresno State to its third-straight victory with a 76-67 win over Portland on Dec. 14. Her 27 points are the most scored by a Bulldog in a game this season.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson leads the 'Dogs averaging 12.9 points per game, Thompson has scored in the double figures seven times this season, scoring 15 points or over three different times.
Fresno State is averaging 8.9 3-pointers per game while shooting 36.2 percent from downtown so far this season with five different players recording at least 11 triples after nine games.
Fresno State is 4-1 at home this season with a wins over UC Merced, San Diego Christian, Santa Clara and Portland. 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 91 steals and forced 172 turnovers in its first third of the season.
► Sophomore Moriah Faulk has scored in double figures in the last five straight games and recorded a career-high 27 points in her last outing in the win over Portland on Dec. 14.
► With 26 steals in her first eight games this year, Thompson has moved into second place for the most steals in school history and needs 11 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 five times, most recently scoring 14 points against Portland while shooting 45 percent from the field this season.
►In five home games this year the Bulldogs are shooting 40 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from 3-point land while averaging 71 point per game at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs have outrebounded their opponents by a 8.8 margin when playing at home this season.
Scouting San Francisco (4-6, 0-0 WCC)
Under head coach Jennifer Azzi, San Francisco (4-6) is coming off a 70-62 overtime loss to Missouri-Kansas City at home on Dec. 18. This was the Don's second overtime loss this season. San Francisco is 2-3 on the road this season, with road wins over Cal Poly and MW foe Boise State. The Dons are led by freshman guard Rachel Howard who is averaging 13.4 points per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the field. As a team San Francisco is shooting 39.6 from the field and 31.3 percent from the 3-point line and averaging 71.4 points per game while allowing 76.1 points on average. This will be the Dons first time playing in the Save Mart Center since 2006 when the two teams played on Dec. 16.
Last Time Around
When Fresno State and San Francisco squared off last season the Bulldogs walked away with their first road win of the season. The 'Dogs outscored the Dons 72-63 while shooting 56 percent from the field. Fresno State forced 21 turnovers and recorded 14 steals in the loss while being outrebounded 43-29 by the Dons. Taylor Thompson led the 'Dogs with a team-high 17 points, three steals and three rebounds. Alex Sheedy added 10 points in the victory.
Faulk Earns MW Player of the Week Honors
Fresno State sophomore guard Moriah Faulk was named the Mountain West Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday Dec. 16. Faulk's first MW weekly honor was earned after scoring a career-high 27 points and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds in leading Fresno State to its third-straight victory with a 76-67 win over Portland on Dec. 14. Faulk scored 17 points in the first half, which had already beat her previous career-high for points in a game that was 14 set at Seton Hall at the end of November. Her 27 points are the most scored by a Bulldog in a game this season. She drained five 3-pointers in the game, which is also a career-high for the sophomore and the most by a Bulldog this season. Coming off the bench Faulk is scoring in double figures and scored 10 or more points in five-straight games from Nov. 29-Dec. 14.
Faulk Named Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week
Faulk's career-high 27 point performance against Portland also earned her Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday Dec. 16. Faulk was the second player from the women's basketball team to earn this honor this season.
Scoring from 3-Point Land
After nine games Fresno State leads the Mountain West in 3-point shooting percentage. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.9 3-pointers per game while shooting 36.2 percent from downtown so far this season with five different players hitting at least 10 three's after the first third of the season. Sophomore Moriah Faulk leads the 'Dogs with 20 3-pointers this season while shooting 43.5 percent from behind the arc.
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 three games of the home series with wins over San Diego Christian and Santa Clara and Portland. The 'Dogs next host San Francisco and Stanford before opening conference play at UNLV on Jan. 1, 2014.
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