Fresno State Hangs Tough Against No. 4 Stanford In Pebley's Debut

Nov. 9, 2012

By: Matt Burkholder

STANFORD, Calif.- The Fresno State women's basketball team held strong with No. 4 Stanford at Maples Pavilion Saturday evening, but fell short, 72-61, in head coach Raegan Pebley's debut on the road.

"I'm proud of how our team approached the game, how our team responded to adversity and they represented Fresno State with a lot of pride tonight," said Pebley.

Ki-Ki Moore led the `Dogs in scoring with 18 points, while Taylor Thompson chipped in 16. Thompson also hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds in the effort.

Both teams struggled to score the ball from the opening tip as neither team was able to net a bucket during first two plus minutes. Stanford scored the game's first basket at the 17:38 mark, but on the next possession Ki-Ki Moore drove the basket for the first points for the `Dogs. Moore followed with a 3-point basket on the very next possession to give the "Dogs their first and only lead of the game, 5-4.

At the first timeout with 15:41 left in the first half, the score was knotted at six points apiece. Stanford followed the timeout scoring six points in a row in the next five minutes of play, Ta'Nitra Byrd halted the run with a layup to bring the score to 12-8, nine minutes into the game .

Thompson knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:33 left in the opening half to keep the score close, 27-25. Thompson scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half as she was 5-of-8 from the field, while shooting 2-of-4 behind the arc.

Stanford extended the lead to 34-29 at the break.

"We went into halftime with hope," said Pebley. "We went in feeling like we can beat this team, we can play with this team and that's all we needed to feel like what we're doing here is working."

Fresno State scored the first four points after halftime to trim the Cardinal's lead to 34-33. Both teams would trade baskets following the `Dogs outburst to keep them within striking distance.

Moore hit a 3-point basket from the right side as she tied the game at 42 each at the 15:02 mark of the second period. Her basket would bring the Bulldogs as close as they would get for the remainder of the game.

Stanford responded with a 14-2 run against `Dogs as they took advantage with second-chance opportunities and changing to a zone defense.

"Stanford is not a zone a team and they went zone," said Pebley. "Their adjustment to zone slowed us down a bit, I think they realized if they were going to win the game, they were going to have to change something."

The `Dogs out-rebounded Stanford 44-41 and claimed 25 offensive boards in the game, with 15 offensive boards coming in the first half.

Byrd scored 14 points off the bench. Moore and Thompson played all 40 minutes of the game, while Rosie Moult played 39 minutes.

Next up for the `Dogs is its home-opener on Monday at the Save Mart Center versus Cal-Maritime. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

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