Fresno State Turns Back Boise State, 72-55, Advances To Semifinals
March 14, 2013
The No. 2-seeded Bulldogs (22-8) advance to the semifinals with the victory and will face the winner of No. 6 Colorado State (11-18) and No. 3 Wyoming (23-6). Tipoff for the semifinal contest is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. PT start on the Mountain West Network.
Fresno State opened the game scoring the game's first nine points and 15 of the first 17. They led 41-23 at halftime and never trailed. The Bulldogs' 77 field goal attempts established a new MW Championship record, eclipsing the previous mark of 68 set on March 11, 2009 by New Mexico against Colorado State.
The Bulldogs' 17 team steals is tied for first in MW Women's Championship history. The feat was also accomplished by UNLV vs. Utah on March 6, 2002. FS junior Taylor Thompson had six steals to set a new MW Women's Championship quarterfinal round record, eclipsing the previous best of four, set earlier in the day by San Diego State's Chelsea Hopkins. It is also the second-best mark all-time in MW Women's Championship history.
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore was one of four Fresno State players to reach double figures. She led all scorers with 17 points. Rosie Moult scored 15 points, Alex Sheedy had 13 points and Bree Farley chipped in with 10 points.
Boise State (11-19) was led by senior forward Lauren Lenhardt's 13 points, seven blocks, seven rebounds and three steals. She moved into sixth-place in school history for career points with 1,370. The Broncos had 12 blocks to equal a MW Women's Championship record. They finished the game with a higher shooting percentage than the Bulldogs, 38.5 percent to 36.4.