Bulldogs Open Up MW Play at SDSU
Jan. 7, 2013
Game #14 - Jan. 9, 2013
Fresno State Bulldogs (8-5, 0-0 MW) at San Diego State Aztecs (9-4, 0-0 MW)
7 p.m. PT Viejas Arena (12,414) San Diego, Calif.
Radio: None Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: San Diego State State leads 24-11 Last Meeting: 11/30/02- FS 59, SDSU 49
The Fresno State women's basketball team is set to play its inaugural Mountain West league game on Wednesday, Jan. 9 when the Bulldogs travel to San Diego State.
This will be the first meeting between the schools since Nov. 30, 2002 and it is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. from SDSU's Viejas Arena.
The Bulldogs are going up against the top defensive team in the Mountain West. San Diego State has limited its opponents to 56.3 points on a 34.1 percent shooting clip this year. For the Bulldogs, they are coming off one of their best shooting performances on the road this season.
Fresno State shot 49 percent in the 77-68 win at CSU Bakersfield in its last game on Jan. 3. The Bulldogs only turned the ball over two times in the second half and scored 43 points in the last 20 minutes of the game - the second most points of any second half this season.
The Bulldogs have won seven-straight games in the month of January dating back to last season and will look to pressure the Aztec offense to slow them down.
SDSU is second in the conference by averaging 69.5 points per game. Fresno State only allows 60.0 points per game, has held seven opponents to 60 or fewer points and leads the Mountain West by forcing 21.0 turnovers per game.
Several of the leagues top guards will be on the court Wednesday, including preseason all-conference selections Courtney Clements and Chelsea Hopkins of SDSU and Ki-Ki Moore of Fresno State. Clements leads the MW in scoring while Moore is fourth.
► Taylor Thompson was named the MW Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 23 points and matching her personal best with eight assists in the win over CSUB on Jan. 3. She also had six rebounds and five steals in the win.
► Wednesday's game is Fresno State's first-ever Mountain West league game. The 'Dogs officially joined the league on July 1, 2012.
► Fresno State has won seven-straight games in the month of January and is 30-4 in the first month of the year since 2009.
► Wednesday's game is the last of what has been a 27-day, six-game road trip for the Bulldogs. Fresno State is 2-3 on this road trip, looking to break even.
► Fresno State's next home game lies on Jan. 12 when it hosts New Mexico. The Bulldogs have won 17-straight home games, which is the fifth-longest active home winning streak in the NCAA.
Fresno State vs. San Diego State - Scouting Report
Wednesday's game between Fresno State and San Diego State will be the first between the schools since Nov. 30, 2002. It will be the 36th game between the programs and the Aztecs lead the all-time series 24-11. The Bulldogs have a 4-11 record when playing at San Diego State, but it has been 14 years since Fresno State last played the Aztecs on the road. The last meeting between the schools back in 2002 was a 59-49 victory for the Bulldogs at home. Fresno State has actually won four of the last five games between the schools (played from 1998-02) and three of those were in Fresno.
San Diego State is off to a 9-4 start to the season, its eight in the second stint of head coach Beth Burns. The Aztecs are second in the MW in scoring (69.5 ppg) and lead the league in scoring defense (56.3 ppg). The Aztecs shoot 43.6 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from behind the arch - both good for second in the conference. The Aztecs also hold teams to a league-best 34.1 percent clip shooting the ball and are third in the MW in rebounding average at +2.8. Senior guard Courtney Clements, a two-time Mountain West Player of the Week this season, leads the league in scoring at 18.3 points per game and she has hit a league-best 32 3-pointers.
Ready for MW Play
Fresno State is set to play its first-ever Mountain West league game on Wednesday. After winning the WAC regular season title in four of the last five seasons and compiling a 55-7 (.887) league record over the past four seasons, Fresno State now looks to a new challenge in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs, who have won their conference opener in each of the past eight seasons, have a 84-79 all-time record against the eight other teams that make up the conference.
The End Is In Sight
Fresno State's six-game road trip that spans over 27 days comes to an end on Wednesday when the Bulldogs play at San Diego State. Fresno State has a 2-3 record on the road trip thus far. The journey started back on Dec. 14 when the Bulldogs lost a pair of games in Oregon - first at Portland and on Dec. 16 at Oregon. The 'Dogs traveled up to San Francisco on Dec. 21 to beat the Dons 72-63 and in the final game of 2012 lost at Santa Clara on Dec. 29. Last Thursday, Jan. 3, Fresno State defeated CSU Bakersfield on the road 77-68. Fresno State has averaged 67 points and shot 39.9 percent from the field on this road trip while allowing opponents to average 66.0 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting.
Big Second Half
Fresno State scored 43 points on 12-of-21 shooting (.571) in the second half and had just two turnovers in the final 20 minutes of the win at CSU Bakersfield last Thursday. The 43 points are the second most scored in a second half this year, trailing the 51 the 'Dogs put in against Washington State on Nov. 30. Fresno State's .571 second-half shooting percentage is also the second highest of any half this season, trailing the .606 (20-of-33) that the Bulldogs shot in that second half against the Cougars.
For the entire game, Fresno State shot 49 percent in the win at CSU Bakersfield. Prior to the game against the Roadrunners, the Bulldogs were averaging just 62.5 points per game on 36 percent shooting in their first six road games of the season.
Fresno State guards Taylor Thompson, Ki-Ki Moore and Rosie Moult combined to score 59 of the 77 points the Bulldogs scored in the win at CSU Bakersfield last Thursday. Thompson scored a career-high 23 points, Moore put in 21 points and Moult added 15. The 59 points scored between the trio is the most by any three players since Nov. 13, 2011 when the Bulldogs defeated Santa Clara at home. In that 83-71 win against the Broncos last year, Moore set a new career-high with 28 points, Blakely Goldberg scored 22 and Moult added 12 points for a combined 62 points between those three.
Fresno State has had three or more players reach double-figures scoring in 10-of-13 games this season and it has four players on the roster averaging 9.5 or more points per game. Moore leads the group with 16.2 points per game, a figure that ranks fourth in the Mountain West. Moult is second on the team at 12.1 points per game and Thompson is third with a scoring average of 10.9. Alex Sheedy, who has scored in double-figures seven times this season, is averaging 9.5 points per game
Thompson Named MW Player of the Week
Taylor Thompson scored a career-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting in the 77-68 win at CSU Bakersfield last Thursday. It was Thompson's second 20-point game of the season, third of her career and it topped her previous personal-best of 21 points that she scored at Utah State on Jan. 8, 2011. Thompson was 2-of-3 from 3-point land, hit 7-of-8 free throws, matched her career-high with eight assists, had a team-high six rebounds and swiped five steals. She also only had two turnovers in 37 minutes of action. For her efforts, she was named the Mountain West Player of the Week on Jan. 7.
It was her fifth game this season with five or more steals, as she continues to lead the Mountain West in both total steals (47 - seven more than any other player) and steals per game (3.9). Thompson is tied for sixth nationally in steals per game for all games through Jan. 6. She has five games this season with five or more steals and 13 for her career. As a sophomore in 2011-12, Thompson had 77 total steals (2.3 per game) to rank third on the team and help the Bulldogs set a new program record for steals in a season with 420.
Stealing the Game
The Bulldogs lead the conference with 13.8 steals per game and they rank sixth nationally in that category. Fresno State's 179 steals are 35 more than any other Mountain West team has this year in all games through Jan. 6. The Bulldogs are on pace for 400 steals this season and with the conference tournament, will have a shot at breaking the school record for steals in a season if they stay on pace. Asides from Taylor Thompson, Ki-Ki Moore is second in the league with 40 steals (3.1 per game) and Alex Sheedy is 10th in the MW with 22 steals (1.7 per game).
Taking Care of the Ball
Fresno State is forcing opponents to turn the ball over 21 times per game this season, a mark that leads the Mountain West. Fresno State itself only turns the ball over 15.2 times per game and its +5.8 turnover margin is well above any other team in the conference. San Diego State, which forces 15.8 turnovers per game and turns the ball over 14.0 times per game itself, is second in the MW with a +1.8 turnover margin. Fresno State ranks No. 23 nationally in turnover margin for all games through Jan. 3.
January is Kind to the Bulldogs
Fresno State has won seven-straight games in the month of January dating back to last season and since 2009 it has a 30-4 (.882) record in the first month of the year. The Bulldogs won 7-of-8 games in January last year and 7-of-8 in 2011. In 2010, the 'Dogs won all nine of its games in January and in 2009 Fresno State went 6-2.
Moult Moves Into Second For Most 3-Pointers Made
Senior guard Rosie Moult has moved ahead of Lindsay Logan (2000-03) for the second-most 3-pointers made in Bulldog history. With a team-high 24 3-pointers this season, Moult now has sunk 276 three's in her four-year career. Jaleesa Ross (2007-11) is the school's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made with 389. After a slow start to the season, which was hindered by missing four games due to injury, Moult has really turned it on since her return on Dec. 8. In the last six games, Moult is averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, has a team-high 22 steals and has made 19 3-pointers. In her career, she has scored 1,178 points, averaged 10.9 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and made an average of 2.6 3-pointers per game.
Moore Has Yet Another 20-Point Game
Preseason all-conference guard Ki-Ki Moore posted her third game this season scoring 20 or more points in Fresno State's win at CSU Bakersfield. She scored 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, 1-of-2 from 3-point land and she went 6-for-8 at the free-throw line. Moore, who has scored in double figures in 12-of-13 games this season, has put in 10 or more points 62 times in her career and 20 or more points 14 times. Last year she averaged 16.8 points per game and with her strong first half of this season, she has scored 771 points in her two years at Fresno State. She is looking to become the 19th player in school history to score over 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform. Counting her freshman season at Washington State (2009-10) when she averaged 12.0 points per game, Moore already has 1,142 career points. After a 97 steal season last year and 40 this year, Moore is also closing in on breaking into the top 10 for the most steals in Fresno State history.
On The Boards
Fresno State had the rebounding edge in each of its first five games of the season, but in the last seven games the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded by their opponent. For the season, the 'Dogs have been out-rebounded by an average of 0.5 boards per game. Fresno State does average 15 offensive rebounds per game, which the Bulldogs have turned in to 11.5 second-chance points per game this season.
Home Sweet Home
Fresno State has not lost a home game since falling to No. 4 Stanford on Dec. 4, 2011. Since then, the 'Dogs have reeled off 17 consecutive wins at the Save Mart Center which is the fifth-longest such streak in the NCAA as of all games through Jan. 6. The Bulldogs are a perfect 6-0 at home this year, winning the six games by an average margin of 19.8 points and five of the six victories have been by 12 or more points.