Women's Basketball Falls at Santa Clara

Box Score

Dec. 29, 2012

By Jason Clay

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Second half offensive struggles cost the Fresno State women's basketball team in a 58-53 loss at Santa Clara on Saturday in the Leavey Center.

The Bulldogs (7-5) shot 34.6 percent (9-for-26) in the second half, committed 10 turnovers and had a nine-minute stretch midway through the period where they had just one field goal.

"We didn't shoot the ball very well and a lot of them were inside shots," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "It was a really physical game and we need to just expect that physicality and embrace it so we can look to finish some of those and do a better job on the boards."

Bulldog point guard Taylor Thompson missed the game due to illness and without her presence on the court, the Bulldogs were missing a key spark in their offense.

"Santa Clara is a much improved team and I think they are going to do good things in their conference," Pebley said. "I'm proud of the team's effort that they gave, considering the adversity that we came into the game with, but we'll keep working on getting better and improving while we are on this tough road stretch."

The game was Fresno State's fourth of a six-game road trip that spans over 27 days.

Santa Clara (7-5) hit 45.8 percent of its shots in the second half and all eight free throws. The Broncos were able to overcome 24 turnovers in the game by out-rebounding the Bulldogs 40-32.

Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore led all scorers with 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Bree Farley added 11 points off the bench and Alex Sheedy had 10 on 5-of-9 shooting.

Fresno State jumped out to a 13-8 lead behind seven points from Farley and six from Moore in the first seven minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs would lead by as many as eight, 26-18, after a layup from Robin Draper at 4:04. Draper, who made her first career start in the game, finished with four points, three rebounds and three assists.

Santa Clara responded with a 7-0 run, but Fresno State got a bucket from Farley and a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Moore to take a 31-25 halftime lead.

In the first eight minutes of the second half, Fresno State was 3-for-10 from the field and Santa Clara was 3-for-11. Six Bulldog fouls in that time allowed the Broncos to close the gap and tie the game at 38 with 11:43 to play.

A layup from Arteivia Lilomaiava at 9:16 gave Santa Clara its first lead of the game, 42-40.

After back-to-back 3-pointers from Ricki Radanovich gave the Broncos a 48-43 lead, Farley hit a bucket in the lane to give the Bulldogs just their second field goal in a nine-minute stretch.

However, Santa Clara continued to pull away and with 4:51 to play the Broncos held a 52-43 lead.

The Bulldogs closed that gap down to four two different times, but were unable to complete the comeback.

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