'Dogs Seek 13th-Straight Win Over Nevada Saturday
Jan. 18, 2013
Fresno State Bulldogs (10-6, 2-1 MW) at Nevada Wolf Pack (6-9, 1-1 MW)
Game #17 MW Game #4 - Jan. 19, 2013
4 p.m. PT Lawlor Events Center (11,536) Reno, Nev.
Radio: None Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Fresno State Leads 33-8 Last Meeting: 2/11/12- FS 85, Nev. 67 in Reno, Nev.
The Fresno State women's basketball team plays its eighth and final road game over a nine-game stretch on Saturday when the Bulldogs take on Nevada at 4 p.m. in the Lawlor Events Center.
The 'Dogs are coming off their first loss in Mountain West play, falling 78-71 at Wyoming on Wednesday. Fresno State was out-rebounded 37-20 in the loss.
Despite the setback, the 'Dogs are still off to a 2-1 start to the conference season and have the opportunity Saturday to pick up their second road victory in what is their third road league game.
The Bulldogs shot a season-high 51.8 percent in the loss at Nevada. In four games since the turn of the new year, the Bulldogs are shooting 47.8 percent as a team and averaging 74.2 points per game.
Every Bulldog who has played in the last four games is shooting above 40 percent in that time and four 'Dogs are averaging double figures scoring in this stretch. Junior guards Ki-Ki Moore and Taylor Thompson lead that charge, as they are averaging 19.0 and 15.5 points per game, respectively, over the past four games.
On Wednesday at Wyoming, the duo combined for 33 points, eight assists and three steals. Moore has scored in double figures in 15-of-16 games this year and Thompson has put in 10 or more points eight times. Alex Sheedy, who scored 11 at Wyoming, is second on the team with nine games scoring in double figures this year.
Fresno State leads the all-time series with Nevada 33-8 and the Bulldogs have won 12-straight over the Wolf Pack. Each of the last four victories have been by 18 or more points.
► Fresno State will be going for its 13th-straight victory over Nevada on Saturday.
► Fresno State is coming off its best shooting performance of the season last Wednesday at Wyoming. The 'Dogs shot 51.8 percent against the Cowgirls and were 7-of-14 on three's.
► Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore was named the MW Co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent in a pair of victories last week.
► Fresno State has the nation's fifth-longest active home winning streak at 18 games. The Bulldogs' last home loss was on Dec. 4, 2011 to No. 4 Stanford.
Fresno State vs. Nevada - Scouting Report
Fresno State owns a 33-8 all-time record playing the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Bulldogs have won 12-striaght in the series. Each of Fresno State's last four victories over Nevada have been by 18 or more points and eight of the last 12 victories have been by 10 or more points. The Bulldogs have a 13-7 all-time record when playing at Nevada.
The Wolf Pack enter Saturday's game with a 6-9 overall record and 1-1 mark in conference play. Nevada did not play on Wednesday, so this will be its first game since last Saturday's 92-41 loss at Wyoming. The Wolf Pack have lost five of their last six games with four of those being played away from home. Nevada has a 4-3 record in its Lawlor Events Center this year.
Moore Reaches Double-Figures Again
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore scored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting in the loss at Wyoming on Wednesday. She has now scored in double figures in 15-of-16 games this year. The Wyoming game was the 80th of her career and she has scored 10 or more points 65 times. It was also her 45th career game with 15 or more points, as Moore is averaging 15.0 points per game in her career. Since transferring to Fresno State from Washington State, Moore has been the Bulldogs' leading scorer in 30-of-50 games. In two years at Fresno State, she has scored 836 points as a Bulldog for an average of 16.7 points per game.
Bulldogs Remain Hot Offensively
Since the calendar flipped over to 2013, Fresno State has had a hot hand shooting the ball. In four games in 2013, the Bulldogs are shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point land. Fresno State has averaged 74.2 points over the last four games. In the 12 games to start the season in 2012, Fresno State averaged 67.2 points per game and shot 38.7 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from the three. Clearly, Fresno State is presently firing on all cylinders offensively.
Next Point of Focus
The next area Fresno State looks to improve is its rebounding. After out-rebounding their opponents in each of the first five games of the season, the Bulldogs have been out-rebounded in 10-straight games. Then in each of the last two games, Fresno State has been out-rebounded by 17 boards. Here is what head coach Raegan Pebley had to say about the rebounding after Wednesday's loss to Wyoming.
"We got pushed around on the boards and it's been a consistent problem for us lately and it's got to be a mind set change. It's not just personnel, we have capable rebounders on the floor."