'Dogs, Broncos Meet at Save Mart Center Wednesday
Jan. 22, 2013
Boise State Broncos (9-7, 1-1 MW) at Fresno State Bulldogs (11-6, 3-1 MW)
Game #18 MW Game #5 Jan. 23, 2013
7 p.m. PT Save Mart Center (15,546) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM with Christian Lukens Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Fresno State leads 17-9 Last Meeting: 2/17/11 - FS 75, BSU 57 in Boise, IdahoOpening Tip
The Fresno State women's basketball team returns home on Wednesday to host Boise State at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
A couple of streaks are on the line in Wednesday's game. The Bulldogs are seeking their seventh-straight win over Boise State as well as their 19th consecutive win at home. Fresno State's 18-game home winning streak is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.
With a 3-1 start in conference play, the Bulldogs look to maintain their position at the top of the conference leader board. The 'Dogs have gotten to this point by winning two of their three league road games and now face a favorable schedule to end the season.
After playing eight of its last nine games on the road, Fresno State has 12 games left on the schedule and seven of those will be home games. Four of Fresno State's final six games to end regular season are at home.
Over the past five games Fresno State has shot 48.2 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point land. The Bulldogs have averaged 74.2 points in this stretch where they have won four of their last five games.
It's not just those two, however, that opposing teams have to account for. Rosie Moult, who is shooing 48 percent from the three over the last five games, has averaged 11.8 points, Alex Sheedy is at 10.0 and Bree Farley adds 9.6 points over the last five games.
► 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 is 33-5 in January games since 2009.
► The Bulldogs have won six-straight over Boise State and are 8-3 all-time against the Broncos when playing them at home.
► After not winning the rebounding battle in 11-straight games from Dec. 2 through Jan. 16, Fresno State out-rebounded Nevada 36-28 last Saturday. Fresno State had 14 offensive rebounds in the victory.
Fresno State vs. Boise State - Scouting Report
Wednesday game between Boise State and Fresno State will be the 27th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Bulldogs have a 17-9 advantage in the series and have won six-straight - five of which have been by 10 or more points. Fresno State is 8-3 all-time when playing the Broncos at home. The schools last met on Feb. 17, 2011 when the Bulldogs pulled off a 75-57 victory in Boise.
Boise State enters Wednesday's game with a 9-7 overall record and 2-1 mark in league play, having beaten Air Force and Wyoming at home while losing at New Mexico. The Broncos have won three of their last four games and each of their last three games were decided by five points or less. The Broncos are 3-4 away from home this season. Senior forward Lauren Lenhardt leads Boise State, as she is averaging 15.4 points per game and 7.3 rebounds. Lenhardt ranks fourth in the MW in rebounding and fifth in scoring. Junior guard Diana Lee is tied for second in the MW with 5.0 assists per game and has the second-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference at 2.2.
Leading From the Point
Junior point guard Taylor Thompson averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and shot 52.2 percent from the field last week for the Fresno State women's basketball team that went 1-1. Thompson was 12-of-23 from the field and was 3-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. In the 78-71 loss at Wyoming on Wednesday, Thompson was 7-of-16 from the field for 15 points with five assists. Then in Saturday's win at Nevada, Thompson was 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-3 from 3-point land, for 14 points to go with her six rebounds and four assists.
Thompson has consistently produced for the Bulldogs this season. She ranks third in the Mountain West in field goal percentage (.489), is fourth in free-throw percentage (.808), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) and fifth in assists (4.1 apg). Additionally, her 54 steals (3.4 spg) leads the conference and she ranks 16th nationally in steals per game.
Moore Stays On Pace
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore has scored 15 or more points in six-straight games and has been in double figures in 16-of-17 games this season. Averaging 16.5 points per game this season, she ranks third in the Mountain West in scoring. In two games last week, Moore averaged 17.0 points and shot 43.3 percent from the field. Her past two games scoring in double figures were the 80th and 81st double-digit scoring games in her career. Since transferring to Fresno State from Washington State, Moore has been the Bulldogs' leading scorer in 31-of-51 games. In two years at Fresno State, she has scored 852 points as a Bulldog for an average of 16.5 points per game. She is closing in on becoming the 19th player in school history to score over 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform. For her entire career, she has scored 1,213 points for an average of 15.0 points per game.
A New Year, A New Team
Since the calendar flipped over to 2013, Fresno State has had a hot hand shooting the ball. The Bulldogs are shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from 3-point land in five games since New Years. Additionally, Fresno State is shooting 78.4 percent at the free-throw line in 2013 and has averaged 74.2 points per game. 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, 29.3 percent from the three and 66.2 percent at the charity stripe. Clearly, Fresno State is presently firing on all cylinders offensively.
Most of the offensive improvement has come on the road, as the Bulldogs just ended a stretch where eight of its last nine games were away from home. Four of the five games in 2013 were on the road. Now the Bulldogs get a little home cooking this week hosting Boise State on Wednesday. Fresno State is shooting 42.2 percent as a team and averages 71.4 points at home this year. The 'Dogs have held opponents to a 35.6 percent clip shooting the ball at the Save Mart Center and outscored their opponents by an average of 17.6 points at home.
Which Leads To
The Bulldogs are a perfect 7-0 at home this season. In fact, Fresno State has won 18-straight at home dating back to last season. The Bulldogs' last home loss came on Dec. 4, 2011 to No. 4 Stanford. Fresno State's 18-game home winning streak is the fifth-longest active home winning streak in the country.
Strong Start to Mountain West Play
Fresno State has opened up Mountain West play by winning three of its first four league games. Two of Fresno State's three conference victories have come on the road, as the 'Dogs won at San Diego State and at Nevada. The Bulldogs and Aztecs are the only teams in the conference with two road victories in league play. Fresno State has also played the most league road games of any team in the conference through the first two weeks of Mountain West play. The road to the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship gets easier for the Bulldogs as the season winds down. Fresno State has 12 games left on the schedule, seven of which will be played at home. Four of the Bulldogs' final six games to end the regular season will all be played at the Save Mart Center.
Back to the Boards
After losing the rebounding battle in 11-straight games, including a 17-board deficit in the New Mexico and Wyoming games, Fresno State came back on Saturday and won the battle on the boards at Nevada. Fresno State out-rebounded Nevada 36-28 in the win and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds in the process that led to 17 second-chance points. The Bulldogs rank seventh in the Mountain West with a rebounding margin of -2.1. Ki-Ki Moore is Fresno State's leading rebounder at 6.2 boards per game. Behind her is forward Alex Sheedy at 5.4 rebounds per game and guard Rosie Moult at 5.0 boards per contest. The 'Dogs have 237 offensive rebounds this year (14 per game), which has led to an average of 11.1 second-chance points per game.
Rounding Out the Month of January
Fresno State has a 4-1 record this month and since 2009, the Bulldogs are 33-5 overall in games played in the month of January. The 'Dogs won 7-of-8 games in January last year and 7-of-8 in 2011. In 2010, Fresno State won all nine of its games played in January and the Bulldogs went 6-2 in 2009.
Farley Goes for 14
Junior guard and co-team captain Bree Farley scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the 74-56 win at Nevada last Saturday. She was 2-of-3 from downtown and also posted four assists, two blocks and a steal against the Wolf Pack. It was her second-straight game scoring in double figures, as she scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the loss at Wyoming on Jan. 16. This is the first time this season that Farley has scored in double figures in back-to-back games. She now has scored 10 or more points in five games this season and 16 in her career. Farley is shooting 56.3 percent from the field over the past five games, which is the highest percentage on the team for anyone who has attempted more than five field goals. She has made seven of her last 11 3-point attempts over the last five games.
12 of senior guard Rosie Moult's last 17 field goals over the past five games have been 3-pointers. In the win at Nevada last Saturday, Moult was 4-for-5 from the field and all of her shot attempts were from downtown. She has made a team-high 35 3-pointers this season, which is 18 more made three's than any other player on the team. Moult leads the Mountain West by averaging 2.7 made 3-pointers per game and her 35 total treys are the second-most, despite having played in only 13 of Fresno State's 17 games this season. Moult ranks second in school history for 3-pointers made with 287. Jaleesa Ross (2007-11) is the school's all-time leader in 3-point field goals made with 389.