Fresno State Unable To Slow Down Oregon In WNIT 2nd Round
Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics
EUGENE, Ore. – The Fresno State women’s basketball team’s season came to close on Monday night at Matthew Knight Arena in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, falling 84-59 at Oregon as the Ducks knocked down 13 pointers, a season-high for a Bulldog opponent this year. UO had its second-best shooting game of the season from beyond the arc, connecting at 65 percent clip (13-of-20).
Four Ducks reached double figures led by Maite Cazorla who had 20 points to with nine assists and Lexi Peterson who had 19 and six rebounds. Fresno State was paced by Toni Smith’s 19 points and Bego Faz Davalos 14th double-double of the season (12 points and 10 rebounds).
Faz Davalos’ 14th double-double set a new program record for the most in a season. The sophomore also broke Fresno State’s single season rebounding record with 318. She also closed the year with the second-most blocks in a season at 136, two shy of the school record, while also finishing the year ranked No. 1 in the country in blocks per game (4.0).
Hot shooting started the game both teams jumped out to quick starts, knocking down their first four shots as Oregon held an early 12-9 lead. The first miss of the game came just over three minutes into the contest. Sparked by three straight 3s, two from Kat Cooper and one from Peterson, the Ducks went on a 9-2 stretch during a five-minute span midway through the opening quarter as they opened up a 24-13 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to scrap and claw to get back into the game. Alex Furr dropped in a 3-pointer with 2:55 remaining in the half that pulled the ‘Dogs to 35-30, their smallest deficit since early in the game. Furr’s triple also capped off an 11-5 spurt that forced Oregon to call a timeout.
Lexi Bando knocked down a 3-pointer out of the timeout for 3 of her 15 points and Oregon took a 44-36 lead into the break after hitting 8-of-13 from 3.
Oregon shot out to a 10-0 run to open the second half by away of the 3-point shot. Two 3’s from Bando sparked the stretch and forced the Bulldogs to call a timeout just under two minutes into the quarter. The ‘Dogs looked to cut into the deficit, but the Oregon’s shooting continued to stay hot as the Ducks strung together a 10-0 spurt in late in the quarter as they outscored the Bulldogs 31-11 in the third quarter, knocking down 13-of-18 from the field, 5-of-7 from 3.
Fresno State finished its season with a 22-12 record, its ninth consecutive 20-win season, and second straight with 22 or more wins under second-year head coach Jaime White.