Dec. 30, 2013
Game #12 Jan. 1, 2014 12:00 p.m. PT
Cox Pavilion (2,500) Las Vegas, Nev.
Fresno State (6-5, 0-0 MW) at UNLV (3-9, 0-0 MW)
Series record: UNLV leads 15-9
Last Meeting: Fresno State 90, UNLV 62 (3/9/13, Fresno, Calif.)
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com
TV: Mountain West Network
The Fresno State women's basketball team opens up Mountain West play on New Year's Day, facing UNLV at noon PT in the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Bulldogs (6-5) are entering their second season in the Mountain West and last year swept both games from the Rebels when they shot 46.5 percent in the two games.
Fresno State went 13-3 and finished second in its first season of Mountain West play before going on to win the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Tournament that was played in Las Vegas last year. The conference tournament returns to Las Vegas once again this season.
The Bulldogs enter conference play having lost their past two games, the last defeat coming at the hands of No. 4 Stanford on Saturday.
UNLV, who is 3-9 overall on the season, has won just one of its last eight games. However, all three of the Lady Rebels' victories this season have come at home.
Fresno State is 1-2 away from home this year and this game will be its first on the road since Nov. 30 at Seton Hall. The Bulldogs recently completed a five-game home stand with a 3-2 record.
In the previous four years, the 'Dogs have owned a 29-3 record in the month of January. The three losses have come at Wyoming in 2013, at UNLV in 2012 and at LA Tech in 2011.
The Bulldogs enter Wednesday's game ranked second in the MW in scoring defense, allowing just 63.5 points per game and are second in steals with 9.5 per game
► This is the second-straight season the Bulldogs have opened up Mountain West play on the road. Last year, Fresno State defeated preseason favorite San Diego State 80-72 on the road in its first-ever Mountain West league game.
► Senior guard Taylor Thompson, with 269 steals in her career, is seven steals away from breaking the school record that was set last season by guard Rosie Moult (275). Thompson is third in the conference this season, averaging 2.5 steals per game.
► Junior forward Alex Sheedy recorded her second double-double of the season in Saturday's loss to No. 4 Stanford. There have been five double-doubles registered by Bulldogs this season. In addition to Sheedy's two, Moriah Faulk has two and Jacinta Vandenberg has one.
► This is just the third time in the last 30 years that Fresno State is playing on New Year's Day. The 'Dogs won 79-63 at San Jose State on Jan. 1, 2005 and defeated Wyoming on Jan. 1, 1994 in the Oklahoma State tournament.
Scouting UNLV (3-9, 0-0 MW)
Like the Bulldogs, UNLV enters the game riding a two-game losing streak. The Lady Rebels are 3-6 at home this year with wins over Santa Clara, Cal State Bakersfield and Clemson. Fresno State has also played Santa Clara this year, winning 69-49 while UNLV defeated the Broncos 77-70 in its season opener. The Lady Rebels are shooting 39.1 percent from the field and have three players scoring in double figures with Alana Cesarz leading the team at 13.8 points per game. UNLV has been out-rebounded by an average of 3.2 boards per game and average 16.7 turnovers per game, although it forces 17.6.
Series History with UNLV
UNLV leads the all-time series with Fresno State 15-9, but the Bulldogs have won seven of the last eight meetings in the series. The 'Dogs have just a 3-9 record when playing at UNLV, but last season in the first year under head coach Raegan Pebley, the Bulldogs pulled off a 72-66 victory against the Lady Rebels in Las Vegas. Fresno State also won the second meeting against UNLV last season at home by the margin of 90-64. Pebley's Bulldogs forced UNLV to turn the ball over 42 times in the two games.
Beginning Mountain West Play
Fresno State enters its second season of Mountain West play on Wednesday at UNLV. In year one in the league, the 'Dogs went 13-3 in the regular season to finish second in the league. They then went on to win the Mountain West tournament to gain the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, which marked the Bulldogs' sixth-straight season in the big dance.
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