Bulldogs Head to The Pit
Feb. 11, 2013
Fresno State Bulldogs (15-7, 7-2 MW) at New Mexico (12-10, 4-5 MW)
Game #23 MW Game #10 Feb. 13, 2013
6 p.m. PT The Pit (18,018) Albuquerque, N.M.
Radio: None Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: UNM leads 7-5 Last Meeting: 1/12/13- FS 69, UNM 65 in Fresno, Calif.Fresno State Game Notes
The Fresno State women's basketball team looks to rebound from just its second loss in the last 10 games, as the Bulldogs travel to New Mexico for a Mountain West league game on Wednesday.
The game is set to tip-off at 6 p.m. PT from The Pit, an arena that Fresno State has not played in since 1999 and is winless in five games at the venue.
Fresno State defeated the Lobos 69-65 at home back on Jan. 12 in the first meeting of the season. The Bulldogs led by as many as 17 points with 11 minutes to play in that game.
For the Bulldogs, this will be their sixth Mountain West road game of the season. Fresno State has fared well on the road in league play, winning four of its first five games including three-straight.
New Mexico enters the game having lost three-straight at home. The Lobos have played at home just four times over their last 12 games.
Senior guard Rosie Moult has been the spark for the Bulldogs most recently. She has made five or more 3-pointers in each of her last four games and ranks 13th nationally with 3.06 made three's per game.
Fresno State looks to get back on track offensively on Wednesday. After shooting above 43 percent in their first eight games of 2013, the Bulldogs have been held to 36.2 percent and 32.3 percent shooting in their last two outings.
The Bulldogs continue to lead the MW in both turnovers forced (20.0) and steals per game (12.9). In the first meeting with New Mexico, Fresno State forced 16 turnovers and was able to score 20 points off of those Lobo giveaways.
► Senior guard Rosie Moult ranks 13th nationally with 3.06 3-pointers made per game. She has hit five or more three's in each of her last four games. She also needs eight more steals to tie the all-time Fresno State record for steals in a career.
► Fresno State is coming off its biggest loss of the season. The Bulldogs have rebounded well this season and own a 5-1 record when coming off a loss.
► Ki-Ki Moore scored 22 points and had seven rebounds to lead Fresno State to a 69-65 win over New Mexico in the first meeting back on Jan. 12.
► Fresno State is the Mountain West's top 3-point shooting team, having hit 158 three's this year. The Bulldogs are shooting 40 percent from behind the arch in conference play.
► Fresno State enters Wednesday having won eight out of its past 10 games.
Fresno State vs. New Mexico - Scouting Report
Wednesday's game between Fresno State and New Mexico will be the 13th all-time between the two schools and the second this year. Fresno State won the first match-up 69-65 in Fresno back on Jan. 12. This will be the first game for the Bulldogs in The Pit since Jan. 14, 1999 and the 'Dogs are 0-5 all-time when playing at New Mexico. Prior to meeting this year, New Mexico has won the last three games in the series that began in 1993. The first 11 meetings in this series were played when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference from 1993-99.
New Mexico enters Wednesday's game with a 12-10 overall record and 4-5 mark in the MW for fifth-place in the league standings. The Lobos average 59.3 points per game and are shooting 41.1 percent on the season. They are third in the league in rebounding margin at +3.9, but are sixth in the MW in turnovers with 18.2 per game. Caroline Durbin, who had 16 points in the first meeting with the Bulldogs on 6-of-17 shooting, averages a team-best 11.7 points per game this year. She is the only Lobo scoring in double figures. UNM is 8-5 at home this season, but has lost three-straight inside The Pit. New Mexico ranks eighth in the nation with an average home attendance of 6,394.
Last Time Against UNM
Fresno State was led by Ki-Ki Moore's 22 points in the first meeting against New Mexico this year back on Jan. 12 when the Bulldogs beat the Lobos 69-65 at the Save Mart Center. Moore was 9-of-15 shooting in the game with seven rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes of action. Fresno State jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead before going on to lead by as many as 17 with 11:57 to play. New Mexico came roaring back with a 16-2 run over the next six minutes to cut the Bulldog lead down to three. The `Dogs refocused and closed out the Lobos over the final minutes with clutch free-throw shooting (4-of-4) by Bree Farley in the final seconds.
Moult Hits 300th Career 3-Pointer
Senior guard Rosie Moult became the second Bulldog in program history to make over 300 3-pointers in a career, as she sunk her 300th trey in the first half against San Diego State last Saturday. Moult was 5-for-11 behind the arc against the Aztecs, accounting for all five three's the Bulldogs made in the game. She has now hit five or more 3-pointers in each of her last four games and four or more in seven of her past eight. Her 28 made 3-pointers in MW games is six more than any other player in the league and she even missed one MW game due to illness. Moult ranks 13th in the nation with 3.06 made 3-pointers per game this year and her 52 total made three's are the most in the Mountain West despite having missed five games this season. With 1,286 career points, she is on the verge of becoming the eighth Bulldog in program history to score over 1,300 points in a Fresno State uniform. Also, with 239 steals in her career she has moved into second place in school history for that category. Moult needs eight more steals to tie Jaleesa Ross' (2007-11) school record of 247 steals.
Ki-Ki Moore Third in MW in Scoring
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore ranks third in the Mountain West with a scoring average of 16.5 points per game. She has scored 15 or more points in 10 out of the last 11 games and has been in double figures in 21-of-22 games this season. In last Saturday's loss to New Mexico, she put in 15 points on 7-of-20 shooting. It was her 50th career game scoring 15 or more points and her 16th this season. After transferring to Fresno State from Washington State after her freshman season, Moore has scored 934 points in a Bulldog uniform (16.7 ppg) and is closing in on become the 18th Fresno State player to score 1,000 points as a Bulldog. Adding in her numbers at Washington State, she has 1,295 career points, 519 rebounds, 281 assists and 259 steals. With 67 steals this season, she leads the Mountain West and ranks 25th nationally with 3.05 steals per game.
Coming Off a Loss
Fresno State saw its seasons-best five game winning streak come to an end with the 25-point loss to San Diego State on Saturday. It was the biggest loss of the season and Fresno State's 49 points were the fewest it has scored in a game this year. The Bulldogs have been good at rebounding from a loss this year, as they own a 5-1 record in games coming after a loss. The 'Dogs have only lost back-to-back games one time this season and that was back in mid December.
Wednesday's game will be Fresno State's sixth on the road since the beginning of conference play. The Bulldogs sport the league's second-best road record during Mountain West play, having won four out of their first five league road games. In those five MW road games, the Bulldogs averaged 73.2 points per game, forced 16.8 turnovers on average and shot 46 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc. Fresno State's starting five has all performed well on the road in MW play this year, as all five starters are averaging over 11 points per game.
Hitting the Offensive Glass
Fresno State had 17 offensive rebounds in Saturday's loss to San Diego State, which is the most it has posted in 12 games since also pulling down 17 offensive rebounds on Dec. 16 at Oregon. In the first six games of the season, Fresno State had 113 total offensive rebounds for an average of 18.8 per game. In the 16 games since then, Fresno State has only had 183 offensive rebounds, or an average of 11.4 per game. In the San Diego State game, Fresno State was able to net 16 second-chance points off the 17 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs are averaging 13.5 offensive rebounds and 11.6 second-chance points per game this season.
Dialing Back In
After shooting 43 percent or higher in the first eight games of 2013, Fresno State has been held to 36.2 percent and 32.3 percent shooting in its last two games. Heading back on the road Wednesday might not be such a bad thing to help the 'Dogs find their hot hand (they had shot 47.3 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from the three in the first seven conference games of the season). Over Fresno State's last five road games, the Bulldogs shot 46 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from downtown. Two of Fresno State's three best shooting games this season have come on the road, and one of those was in a hostile environment like the 'Dogs will see Wednesday at The Pit. On Jan. 16 at Wyoming, Fresno State shot a season-best 51.8 percent from the field.
Stealing the Game
Fresno State guards Ki-Ki Moore, Taylor Thompson and Rosie Moult rank one, two and three in the conference in total steals as of all games through Feb. 9. Moore has 67 total steals and is tied for 25th nationally with 3.05 per game. Thompson has 60 total steals and Moult has added 46 steals for an average of 2.7 per game. Those three have combined to record more steals than four of the other eight teams in the Mountain West have this year through the early part of February. Fresno State as a team has 68 more steals than any other Mountain West team and the Bulldogs are ranked seventh nationally with 12.9 steals per game.
Fresno State leads the Mountain West this season by forcing an average of 20.0 turnovers per game. The Bulldogs have done a good job of taking care of the ball themselves, as they are tied for third with only 14.9 turnovers per game. That gives Fresno State a +5.1 turnover margin on the season, which is by far the best in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs rank 23rd nationally in turnover margin.
After Wednesday's game, Fresno State only has six games remaining during the regular season and four of those will be played at home. The Bulldogs sit one game back of first place, and with a 9-1 home record already this season, are in a good position to make a run to get back to the top of the standings. However, with Wednesday's game at The Pit and then Saturday's game vs. Wyoming at home, this is a crucial week for the Bulldogs. The Pit is one of the toughest venues to play at in the conference and the Cowgirls are one of only two league teams that have defeated the 'Dogs this year.
Traditionally, Fresno State has been a team that has finished strong. Over the past three seasons, the Bulldogs have a 24-2 record in regular season games in the months of February and March.
The Bulldogs have held a lead of 20 or more points in four out of their last six games.
Wednesday's game will be the 13th on the road for the Bulldogs this year. They are 6-6 away from home this season. Fresno State has played the most road games of any Mountain West team this season.
Fresno State has made 68 more 3-pointers than New Mexico has this year. However, in the first meeting this season UNM hit eight three's to seven for the Bulldogs. The 'Dogs have 158 total made 3-pointers on the season, which is 12 more than any other team in the league.
Fresno State suffered a 25-point defeat to SDSU on Saturday. The last time the Bulldogs lost a game by 20 or more points (Dec. 4, 2011 - 93-59 loss to No. 4 Stanford), Fresno State responded by going on a six-game winning streak.
Not only was Fresno State's 49 points against San Diego State a season-low, but it tied its single-game low for field goals made with 20 on 62 attempts. The 32.3 percent Fresno State shot in the loss was its third-lowest field goal percentage of the season.