Fresno State Too Much For Sunbirds

Oct. 30, 2012

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By Matt Burkholder

FRESNO, Calif.- The Fresno State women's basketball team used a run late in the first half and never looked back as they defeated Fresno Pacific 102-57 Tuesday evening in an exhibition warm-up at the Save Mart Center.

The Bulldogs opened its 2012-13 campaign behind some familiar faces in Ki-Ki Moore and Rosie Moult, who both scored in double figures for the `Dogs. Moore led the way with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. Moult poured in 21, behind 5-of-7 shooting behind the arc.

Taylor Thompson led the `Dogs in rebounds (12) and assist (eight) to go along with 12 points.

The Sunbirds kept it close in the beginning despite Fresno State's hot start shooting the ball. The team shot 64 percent from the field in the opening eight plus minutes, but just led 21-17. At the time, Moore was perfect from the field, 4-of-4, with nine points.

The game remained close at the 7:54 mark as the `Dogs led 28-23, but turned it on to close the first half with a 30-15 scoring run to lead the Sunbirds 58-28 at the break. Fresno State's run was sparked by physical defense and strong rebounding as it out-rebounded Fresno Pacific 29 to 10 in the first half, with all 10 Bulldogs accounting for at least one board.

"We want our defense to fuel our offense and a lot of our aggressive attacks came off of rebounds and steals tonight," said head coach Raegan Pebley.

Fresno State didn't lose any steam as they came out in the second half with 10 unanswered points, extending the lead to 68-28. The `Dogs defense held Fresno Pacific without a field goal until the 16:48 mark of the half as they continued to roll.

The defense held the Sunbirds to 5-of-25 shooting in the second half, while outscoring Fresno Pacific 44-19.

"In general, we just needed to get out and compete against another team," Pebley said. "I loved how we had a lot of balance scoring. It was one of our goals that we had four players in double figures and we were able to reach that goal."

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