Dec. 7, 2012
Game #8 - Dec. 8, 2012
Cal State Northridge (5-3, 0-0 BWC) at Fresno State Bulldogs (5-2, 0-0 MW)
7 p.m. PT • Save Mart Center (15,546) • Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM • Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Fresno State leads 21-4 • Last Meeting: 12/11/11 - FS 70, CSUN 61
The Fresno State Bulldogs will look to continue its undefeated season at the Save Mart Center as they take on the Cal State Northridge Matoadors of the Big West Conference on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Saturday’s game will be the ‘Dogs last home game before hitting the road for the Christmas break for six consecutive games after hosting its last six of seven games. During the ‘Dogs homestand they have extended its winning-streak to 16 games at the Save Mart Center, the seventh-longest such streak in the NCAA.
Last time out Fresno State defeated the USC Trojans of the Pac-12 65-60 in what was a tale of two halves. The ‘Dogs came out hot in the first half and its 14-0 run in the half was enough to withstand the Trojans furious comeback attempt in the second frame.
Taylor Thompson led the Bulldogs in scoring with a season-high 20 points on efficient shooting from the field (6-9) and from the free-throw line (7-8). Thompson’s performance at the charity stripe was the best of her career, both in makes and attempts.
Alex Sheedy played a pivatol role in helping the ‘Dogs open up their intial lead with 10 first half rebounds. She finished with a career-high 11 boards and also a career-best four steals against USC.
As a team this season the ‘Dogs are leading the Mountain West in per game averages of steals (13.6), offensive rebounds (17.9), assist/turnover ratio (1.0) and sit seconds in assists with 14.3.
The ‘Dogs own a season-best three-game win streak, tops in the MW.
► Fresno State leads the all-time series against CSUN 21-4. The ‘Dogs have won the last 11 contests dating back to the 78-79 season. The two last met a season ago on Dec. 12, 2011 at the Matadome in Northridge when the ‘Dogs came from behind to win 70-61.
► Saturday’s game marks the end to Fresno State’s homestand as they will hit the road for six consecutive games throughout the Christmas break.
► Sophomore Alex Sheedy has filled in for Rosie Moult in the starting lineup the last three games and has averaged 12 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. She recorded career highs in rebounds (11) and steals (4) in the ‘Dogs win against USC.
► Fresno State has won 16-straight games at the Save Mart Center dating back to Dec. 4, 2011, it ranks as the seventh longest streak in the NCAA.
'Dogs Take Down Women of Troy
Fresno State defeated the USC Trojans 65-60 in a thrilling game to remain undefeated at the Save Mart Center last Wednesday night. Wednesday’s game was a tale of two halves as each team faced a scoring drought and a sizable run against one another. Although, the `Dogs run in first half proved to be enough to withstand the Trojans second half surge. Fresno State held the lead in first half in all but one minute and 32 seconds. The Trojans claimed its first lead at the 8:43 mark in the first half before the `Dogs took the lead back. Fresno State responded to the Trojans first lead with a 14-0 run to close the half while forcing the Women of Troy to 15 consecutive missed field goals in the final eight plus minutes. The ‘Dogs found themselves owning a 25 point lead with 11 minutes remaining in the contest. USC turned up its defensive pressure and began pressing the `Dogs and USC held Fresno State without a field goal for the next 10 minutes and poured in 17 unanswered points. The Fresno State lead was trimmed to as little as three points with 13 seconds left before an intentional foul was called. Taylor Thompson sank two clutch free-throws and pushed the lead back to five to seal the victory.
’Dogs Complete Weekend Sweep
After defeating Washington State 82-59 on Friday the ‘Dogs returned to the Save Mart Center Sunday to wrap up the weekend with a 70-45 win over UT Arlington. Fresno State scored the games first basket and never trailed in the game. They led by as many as 29 in the victory. Fresno State’s defense recorded 19 steals and 30 turnovers overall in game and netted 27 points off those turnovers. The ‘Dogs closed the first half with an 11-2 run in the final four minutes and extended its run out of the break with eight more unanswered points. The Mavericks scored its first basket of the second half almost five minutes after the break to end the run. At that point the ‘Dogs had built its lead to 41-19 and cruised to its fourth victory of the season.
Ki-Ki Moore Named Student Athlete of the Week
Ki-Ki Moore led Fresno State to a 2-1 record last week which included a win over Pac-12 school Washington State. She averaged 17.0 points and six rebound in the three games and had 10 assists and 11 steals. In the loss at Pacific, Moore paced the Bulldogs with 20 points and she had seven rebounds. Then two days later, she and the Bulldogs bounced back from the road loss to hammer Washington State at home. Moore scored 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting against her former team, whom she played for as a freshman in 2009-10 before transferring to Fresno State. Her 27 points was one shy of her career-high and she had six rebounds, seven assists and six steals her superb performance. What made that Washington State game more impressive is the fact she nearly didn’t play. Moore was battling the stomach flu and it wasn’t until the final minutes prior to the game that it was decided she would play. In the win over UT Arlington, Moore had four points and five rebounds in limited action, as the Bulldogs beat the Mavericks by 25 points
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