'Dogs Find Their Range in Win Over Broncos
Feb. 23, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
BOISE, Idaho - Coming off its worst shooting performance of the season, the Fresno State women's basketball team rebounded and shot 51.7 percent in an 83-65 win at Boise State Saturday in the Taco Bell Arena.
The Bulldogs (18-8, 10-3 MW) were 4-of-28 on 3-point shots in Wednesday's loss against Nevada, but on Saturday the 'Dogs hit a season-high 14 three's on 32 attempts.
The 51.7 field goal percentage against the Broncos is Fresno State's second-highest of the season. Additionally, the 85 points scored are the most from the 'Dogs this season and the 18-point victory matched their biggest in Mountain West play.
"We are so proud of our team's toughness and resiliency," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "To go on the road and shoot as well as we did after our poor shooting against Nevada showed great confidence."
Boise State (10-15, 3-8) did shoot 49.1 percent in the game, but the Bulldogs forced them into 21 turnovers and scored 25 points off of those take-aways.
"Our defense in the second half was crucial," Pebley said. "We got consecutive stops and were able to convert those into points."
Alex Sheedy scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds. Thompson had 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Ki-Ki Moore scored 22 points - her third-straight with at least 20 - and in the process went over 1,000 points in her two-year Bulldog career. She became the 18th Fresno State player to score 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform.
Senior guard Rosie Moult matched her season-high with 21 points and hit five of Fresno State's 14 three's. She had four steals in the game, which gave her 251 for her career and made her Fresno State's all-time leader in career steals.
After hitting only four 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss, Fresno State opened the game with four 3-pointers in the first six minutes. Moult hit her first three shots from downtown in that stretch and had one steal, giving her the school record for most steals in a career.
Fresno State stayed hot for the remained of the first half from behind the arc, finishing the first 20 minutes with eight 3-pointers. Meanwhile, Boise State was 2-for-7 on 3-pointers and that edge allowed the 'Dogs to take a 43-38 lead at the break.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead out to 12 in the first five minutes of the second half and they did it with more long-range shooting. Thompson and Moult hit three's on back-to-back possessions and Boise State only scored four points in the first five minutes of the second half.
Fresno State continued to pull away after that. Sheedy and Moore combined to score 13 points over a five-minute stretch that pushed the Bulldog lead up to 69-54 with eight minutes to play.
Boise State scored only nine points in the final eight minutes and the Bulldogs coasted to the victory.
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