Women's Basketball Hosts Nevada on Wednesday
Feb. 19, 2013
Nevada Wolf Pack (6-17, 1-9 MW) at Fresno State Bulldogs (17-7, 9-2 MW)
Game #25 MW Game #12 Feb. 20, 2013
7 p.m. PT Save Mart Center (15,596) Fresno, Calif.
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM with with Christian Lukens Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Fresno State leads 34-8 Last Meeting: 1/19/13 - FS 74, Nev. 56 in Reno, Nev.Opening Tip
For the first time since early December, Fresno State will play consecutive home games as the Bulldogs welcome in Nevada for a 7 p.m. game at the Save Mart Center on Wednesday.
Fresno State hosted four-straight home games from Nov. 30-Dec. 8, but since then have played 11 of its last 16 games away from home.
After beating Wyoming 61-47 last Saturday at home to gain sole possession of second place in the Mountain West, the Bulldogs host the Nevada team they beat by 18 in Reno back on Jan. 19.
In that first meeting between the 'Dogs and Wolf Pack, Fresno State shot 50 percent, out-rebounded Nevada by eight and scored 24 points off of 20 forced turnovers.
Ki-Ki Moore led the four Bulldogs who scored in double figures at Nevada with 16 points. Taylor Thompson and Bree Farley both added 14 and Rosie Moult hit four 3-pointers to give her 12 points in the game.
Moore has continued to excel in conference play, and on Monday was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for the second time this season. She is third in the MW in scoring at 16.6 points per game and ranks 24th nationally in steals with 3.04 per game.
As a team, Fresno State ranks fifth in the nation by averaging 12.9 steals per game and the Bulldogs are 25th nationally with a +4.88 turnover margin.
Moore, Thompson and Moult are all in the top three in the MW in steals and have combined for 191 steals, which is more than four MW teams have this year. Moult needs two more steals to tie the school record for the most in a career.
All Bulldog fans that buy tickets to Wednesday's game will receive a 20 percent-off coupon to the Bulldog shop.
► Fresno State has won 13-straight games over Nevada and have never lost to the Wolf Pack at home, winning all 20 games played between the school's in Fresno.
► The Bulldogs are 10-1 at home this season and have held a lead of 20 or more points in seven of their 11 home games. The 'Dogs' average margin of victory at home is 12.5 points.
► Fresno State has held three of its last five opponents to just 16 points in the first half. The 'Dogs have also held three out of their last five opponents to 50 points or less for the entire game.
► The Bulldogs have 309 steals on the season and are just 25 away from cracking into the top five for the most steals in MW single-season history.
► Ki-Ki Moore was named the MW Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season.
Fresno State vs. Nevada - Scouting Report
Fresno State owns a 34-8 all-time record playing the Nevada Wolf Pack and have won 13-straight in the series. Each of Fresno State's last five victories have been by 18 or more points and nine of the last 13 wins have been by at least 10 points. The Bulldogs have never lost at home to Nevada, winning all 20 games against the Wolf Pack in Fresno.
Nevada enters Wednesday game having lost nine-straight. The Wolf Pack opened up conference play with a 67-54 win over Air Force, but have since lost nine-straight. Nevada last played one week ago, falling 66-65 to Wyoming at home on Feb. 13. Three of their last five losses have been by five points or less. Nevada averages 63.3 points per game and allows 70.1. They are shooting 35.3 percent for the season and just 27.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Last Time Against Nevada
The Fresno State women's basketball team hit 11 3-pointers in the game and used a 19-2 second half run to blow by Nevada in a 74-56 victory during the first meeting between the teams back on Jan. 19 in Reno. The win was the Bulldogs' 13th-straight over Nevada. Fresno State held Nevada without a point for over a seven minute stretch in the second half and forced the Wolf Pack to turn the ball over 20 times in the game. The Bulldogs shot over 50 percent for the second game in a row, as the `Dogs were 29-of-58 from the field and 11-of-22 from 3-point range.
Moore Named MW Player of the Week
For the second time this season, junior guard Ki-Ki Moore was named the Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday. Moore led Fresno State to a 2-0 record and sole possession of second place in the MW standings with a road win at New Mexico (51-50) and a home win versus Wyoming (61-47). Against New Mexico, Moore scored a game-high 15 points on 6-of-10 (.600) from the field, tied her season-high with seven assists and grabbed four rebounds. Moore had her sixth 20-point game of the season against Wyoming to go along with three rebounds, four assists and five steals. For the week, Moore was 15-of-27 (.556) from the floor and hit 5-of-8 (.625) from the free throw line. She averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals over the two games. Moore also averaged 35.0 minutes per game.
Moore ranks third in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. She also ranks eighth in the league with 3.5 assists and leads the conference with 3.04 steals per game, which ranks 24th in the nation. For her career, she has scored 1,330 points in 88 career games. 58 of those games have been played at Fresno State, as she transferred to the Bulldogs after her freshman season. For her Bulldog career, she has scored 969 points in two seasons and is on the verge of becoming the 18th player in school history to score 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform.
Record About To Fall
Senior guard Rosie Moult needs two more steals to tie the all-time school record for most steals in a career. She enters Wednesday's game with 245 steals in her four years at Fresno State. Jaleesa Ross, who played for the Bulldogs from 2007-11, holds the school record at 247 steals. Despite missing five games this season, Moult still ranks third in the Mountain West with 52 steals. She is averaging 2.7 steals per game and had two steals in the first meeting with Nevada, so it is likely she will tie or break the school record in Wednesday's game.
As a team, Fresno State leads the Mountain West and ranks fifth nationally with 12.9 steals per game. The Bulldogs have 309 steals on the year, which are 63 more than any other team in the league has. Fresno State is closing in on cracking the top five for the most steals in Mountain West single-season history, as they need only 26 more to surpass the 2006-07 TCU team that sits in fifth place. San Diego State with 391 steals in 2007-08 set the all-time Mountain West single-season record. With five games remaining, the Bulldogs are on track to finish the regular season with 374 steals. They then would have a shot at the all-time record with additional games coming in the Mountain West Tournament, which runs March 12-16, and any post-season games the Bulldogs have a shot at making.
Fresno State is 10-1 at home this year and 33-2 at home over the past two seasons. This year, Fresno State has had an average margin of victory of 12.5 points at home and has held a lead of 20 or more points in seven of its 11 games at the Save Mart Center. In the eight seasons since the Save Mart Center first opened, the Bulldogs have posted a 111-28 (.799) record in their home venue.
Strong First-Half Defense
Fresno State has held each of its last two opponents - New Mexico and Wyoming - to 16 points in the first half. In fact, the Bulldogs have held three of their last five opponents to just 16 first-half points when you add in the Air Force game on Jan. 30. Fresno State has held four opponents to under 20 points in the first 20 minutes of the game this year. In all, the Bulldogs have held their opponent to under 30 first-half points in 15-of-24 games this year and to under 25 nine times.
Looking to Stay Hot
Fresno State has won seven of its last eight games and 10 of its last 12. The Bulldogs are currently a season-high 10 games above .500 and are three wins away from 20 victories. If the Bulldogs can get three more wins, it would mark the sixth-straight season Fresno State has won 20 or more games. As it stands right now, the Bulldogs have 12 20-win seasons in program history, eight of which have come since the 2002-03 season.