Moult's Return Sparks Bulldogs in 68-53 Victory

Box Score

Dec. 8, 2012

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's basketball team outscored Cal State Northridge 27-7 over the final eight minutes to come-from-behind and win 68-53 Saturday afternoon at the Save Mart Center.

The Bulldogs had made just 4-of-17 field goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half before being sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Rosie Moult. Moult returned from a three-game absence due to injury and put in a season-high 16 points with four key 3-pointers in the victory.

Fresno State (6-2) was able to extend its home winning streak to 17 games with the come-from-behind win.

"We got good stops and I think Rosie hitting those three's opened up the paint for us," head coach Raegan Pebley said was the key to the comeback. "They had to defend her a little tighter, which opened up the lanes for some of our drivers."

Playing in their fifth game in 11 days, Pebley knew coming into Saturday that it would be a grind for her team.

"I felt like our team just had to gut this game out from the tip," Pebley said. "They've played a lot of games in such a short amount of time and I feel like that showed out there. Having Rosie back was a good emotional lift for our team and we needed something like that.

"For this to be kind of the last game in this crazy stretch, that's a tough last game. I think this is good for our confidence and it was good for us to go through a little adversity."

Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore led all scorers Saturday with 19 points and she added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Fresno State finished the game shooting just 36.7 percent after a tough first 30 minutes shooting the ball.

Cal State Northridge (5-4) had three players score in double figures with Marta Masoni leading the way with 14 points. Center Camille Mahlknecht posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The crazy stretch continues for the Bulldogs however, as they now begin a six-game road trip. Fresno State won't return to the Save Mart Center until Jan. 12.

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