Dec. 27, 2013
Game #11 Dec. 28, 2013 6:00 p.m. PT
Fresno State (6-4) vs. No. 4 Stanford (11-1)
Series record: Stanford leads 21-6
Last Meeting: Fresno State 61, Stanford 72 (11/9/12, Stanford, Calif.)
Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
Fresno State hosts No. 4 Stanford on Saturday, Dec. 28 for its final game of the Bulldogs five-game home stand during the month of December. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Save Mart Center after the men's basketball team plays UC Merced at 4 p.m.
This is the Bulldogs final non-conference game of the season before opening MW play at UNLV on Jan. 1, 2014.
The 'Dogs trail the Cardinal 21-6 all-time in the series between the schools. Last season, No. 4 Stanford defeated the Bulldogs 72-61 in the season opener.
Fresno State enters Friday's game with a 6-4 record, having won three of the last four games at home with victories over San Diego Christian, Santa Clara and most recently Portland.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson leads the 'Dogs averaging 12.1 points per game. She has scored in the double figures seven times this season, scoring 15 points or more three times.
Fresno State is averaging 8.7 3-pointers per game while shooting 35.1 percent from downtown so far this season with five different players recording at least 11 triples after 10 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 non-conference 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.
► With 27 steals in her first eight games this year, Thompson has moved into second place for the most steals in school history and needs eight more to break the school record of 275 that Rosie Moult set last season.
► Senior guard Bree Farley scored in double figures just twice last season and only four times in her first three years in the program. So far this year, she has scored in the double-digits six times, most recently scoring 10 points against San Francisco off of three 3-pointers.
► Sophomore Moriah Faulk has scored in double figures in five straight games and recorded a career-high 27 points against Portland on Dec. 14.
► In six home games this year the Bulldogs are shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from 3-point land while averaging 67 points per game at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs have out-rebounded their opponents by a 4.7 margin when playing at home this season.
Scouting No. 4 Stanford (11-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Under head coach Tara VanDerveer, Stanford (11-1) is on a nine-game winning streak after opening its season with a 76-57 loss at No. 1 Connecticut. The Cardinal most recent win closed out a perfect 3-0 home stand last Saturday after defeating No. 3 Tennessee, 76-70. This is Stanford's first road game since playing at South Dakota State on Nov. 28. The Cardinal are led by senior forward Chiney Ogwumike, who is averaging 26.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. As a team, Stanford is shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from the 3-point line and averaging 75.3 points per game while holding opponents to 58.5 points on average.
Last Time Around
When Fresno State and Stanford squared off last season the Bulldogs fell to the Cardinal on their home court in the season opener and Bulldog coaching debut of Raegan Pebley. The Cardinal outscored the 'Dogs 72-61 while shooting 49.2 percent from the field. Fresno State forced 12 turnovers and recorded six steals in the loss while out-rebounding Stanford 44-40. Taylor Thompson led the 'Dogs with 16 points, 10 rebound and four assists.
'Dogs vs. the Pac-12
After playing Washington State and USC this season, Fresno State is 0-2 against Pac-12 schools. The Bulldogs are set to play Stanford at home for their third game against a Pac-12 Conference team this season. The 'Dogs have an all-time 39-94 record against teams from the Pac-12 and went 2-2 against the conference in 2012-13.
Scoring from 3-Point Land
After 10 games, Fresno State leads the Mountain West in 3-point shooting percentage. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.7 3-pointers per game while shooting 35.1 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 21 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 won three of its first four games of the home stand with wins over San Diego Christian, Santa Clara and Portland. The 'Dogs next host Stanford before opening conference play at UNLV on Jan. 1, 2014.
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.
Thompson Closes in on Steal Record
Senior guard Taylor Thompson entered her final year as a Bulldog with 241 career steals. With 27 steals in her first 10 games this year, Thompson has moved into second place for the most steals in school history and needs just eight more to break the school record of 275 that Rosie Moult set last season. Thompson enters the second third of the season leading the Bulldogs in scoring at 12.9 points per game.
Thompson Named Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week
Taylor Thompson was named Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 2 after leading the Bulldogs in two games in the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic with 34 points, averaging 17 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line. The senior guard also totaled 12 rebounds, 11 assists and six steals in the two-game split. In the win over Liberty Thompson led Fresno State across the board with 19 points, six assists, eight rebounds and four steals. Thompson shot 5-for-12 from the field, making 50 percent of her 3-point attempts. In her 100th start for Fresno State against Seton Hall Thompson led the Bulldogs with a team-high 15 points and five assists and also had four rebounds and two steals. After finishing second in the tournament Thompson was named to the Seton Hall Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team alongside teammate Moriah Faulk.
Picked to Win the Mountain West
The Fresno State women's basketball team was picked to win the 2013-14 Mountain West women's basketball title in the preseason poll that was released on Oct. 15. Fresno State, the 2013 MW tournament champion, received 17 first-place votes and 238 total points. Wyoming was picked second with four first-place votes and 212 points, ahead of 2013 regular-season champion San Diego State. The Aztecs garnered two first-place votes and 196 points. New Mexico placed fourth with 185 points, while UNLV earned two first-place votes and 170 points for fifth place. Conference newcomer Utah State (136 points) edged out Colorado State (130 points) for sixth place. Boise State was picked eighth (96 points), followed by MW newcomer San José State (76 points) in ninth, Nevada in 10th (62 points) and Air Force in 11th (28 points).
Senior Taylor Thompson was one of five players to be named to the MW women's basketball preseason all-conference team. As the sole Bulldog on the preseason squad, Thompson enters her senior year after averaging 10.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a junior.
As the two sole seniors this season, Taylor Thompson and Bree Farley look to bring a wealth of experience to the squad this year. As a fifth-year senior, Thompson has 97 starts during her career, while Farley is returning to the squad as a captain after her junior year. After a 24-win season and a year under their belts knowing what the coaching staff expects from the team out on the court, Farley and Thompson have the team focused on another big year in their final seasons at Fresno State.
Pebley Enters Second Season
After winning the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship in her first year as head coach, Reagan Pebley enters her second year at the helm of the Fresno State women's basketball program. As the ninth head coach in program history Pebley brings 10 years of coaching experience to the Bulldogs in their second year in the Mountain West. After leading Utah State to a record 21 wins in 2012, Pebley was named one of eight finalists for the 2012 WBCA National Coach of the Year award.
2012-13 Season in Review
Fresno State won the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship in its first season in the league and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-straight season. The Bulldogs went 24-9 overall in their first season under head coach Raegan Pebley. The 'Dogs return three starters and eight letterwinners this season and welcome seven newcomers to their squad for their 2013-14 campaign.
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