Bulldogs Pull Off Yet Another Gritty Road Win

Feb. 13, 2013

By Jason Clay

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty, but the Fresno State women's basketball team found yet another way to win a Mountain West road game.

In a game that featured 10 lead changes in the final 11 minutes, Bree Farley's And one with 55 seconds remaining proved to be enough as the Bulldogs handed New Mexico its fourth-straight home loss with a 51-50 victory at The Pit.

Fresno State improves to 16-7 overall with the gritty victory and 8-2 in the Mountain West. The 'Dogs are now 5-1 on the road in Mountain West play.

"This win was a total grind against a New Mexico team that is still very invested in its season," head coach Raegan Pebley said. "We had a few big end-of-the-game plays with the Sheedy to Bree assist and then the big Sheedy rebound at the end."

After Farley's layup and ensuing free throw put Fresno State up 51-48, UNM's Sarah Halasz came right back with a layup to cut the Bulldog lead down to one. Fresno State was unable to get a shot up on the ensuing possession and the shot clock violation gave UNM the ball back with 14.4 seconds remaining.

Caroline Durbin, who led the Lobos with 13 points, was unable to connect on a 3-pointer from the wing and Alex Sheedy pulled down the rebound as time expired.

Sheedy finished with 10 rebounds, helping Fresno State on a much improved effort on the boards. In the first meeting with New Mexico, the Lobos out-rebounded the Bulldogs by 17. UNM (12-11, 4-6 MW) only had a one-board advantage on Wednesday.

Ki-Ki Moore led Fresno State with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven assists. Farley, Rosie Moult and Sheedy all finished with eight points in the game where the Bulldogs shot 43.2 percent and were able to overcome 21 turnovers.

"I felt that Taylor [Thompson] and Ki-Ki were great leaders tonight," Pebley said. "We persevered through a lot of adversity and they were steady and strong for us."

Thompson had four of Fresno State's 14 steals in the game and the Bulldogs forced 17 turnovers on the night.

Fresno State went on a 12-0 run midway through the first half to take a 19-8 lead.

The Bulldogs held UNM without a point in two different four-minute stretches in the first half. However, Fresno State was hindered in the first half by 14 turnovers and the 'Dogs did not score themselves in the final 5:01 of the opening period.

That negated the job the Bulldogs were doing on the defensive end. Fresno State only allowed UNM to just six first-half field goals, forced 11 turnovers and the Bulldogs led 24-16 at the break. The 16 first-half points matched the fewest the Bulldogs allowed in a first half this season.

Fresno State came out in the second half and hit just two of its first 12 shots, allowing the Lobos to come back and take a 33-31 lead with 11:10 remaining.

Over the next six minutes the lead went back-and-forth. Moult hit a pair of 3-pointers during that stretch and her two free throws at 5:12 put the 'Dogs on top 45-44.

A free throw from Moore and then her layup after a Lobo bucket from Durbin put Fresno State up 48-46 with two minutes to play.

Bryce Owens answered with a layup to tie the game up at 48 with 1:44 to play.

After a timeout, the Bulldogs executed their zone offense and Sheedy found Farley for a layup while being fouled with 55 seconds remaining. Farley hit the free throw to give the 'Dogs a three-point lead.

Halasz cut that down to two 10 seconds later and Fresno State was unable to answer with a bucket on the other end, giving the Lobos back the ball with 14.4 seconds remaining.

UNM's Durbin got a good look at a 3-pointers from the wing, but was unable to connect at the buzzer and the 'Dogs escaped with the win.

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