Moult Leads `Dogs Into Air Force Game
Feb. 28, 2013
Fresno State Bulldogs (19-8, 11-3 MW) at Air Force Falcons (4-22, 3-10 MW)
Game #28 MW Game #15 March 2, 2013
1 p.m. PT Clune Arena (5,843) Colorado Springs, Colo.
Radio: None Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: Fresno State leads 3-0 Last Meeting: 1/30/13 - FS 60, AFA 47 in Fresno, Calif.Opening Tip
The Fresno State women's basketball team is going for its 20th victory of the season this Saturday when the Bulldogs travel to Air Force for their second-to-last regular season game of the year. Tip-off at Clune Arena is set for 1 p.m. PT.
Fresno State seniors Rosie Moult and Jeanna Furst will be going for the 100th victory in their careers at Fresno State on Saturday. After leading the 'Dogs to a 80-21 (.792) record over their first three seasons - the best record in any three-year stretch in school history - the duo now seeks their fourth 20-win season.
That would also be the sixth-straight 20-win season for the Bulldog program.
Fresno State defeated Air Force 60-47 at home back on Jan. 30. Moult did not play in that game due to illness, but has since averaged 13.3 points per game and has hit nine 3-pointers in her last two outings. Her 43 made 3-pointers in Mountain West games already ranks fifth in conference history and she still has two games remaining to add to her total.
Defensively, Fresno State has held its last five opponents to just 52.8 points per game and forced an average of 19.7 turnover per game. In three of the last five games, the 'Dogs have limited the opposition to 50 points or less.
The Bulldogs have won five-straight road games and are 6-1 away from home in Mountain West play. This will be Fresno State's final road game of the regular season.
The 'Dogs host UNLV next Saturday, March 9, at home on senior day before heading to the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
►Rosie Moult, who enters the game with 1,343 career points, needs to score 15 more points to move into sixth place on Fresno State's all-time scoring list.
► Rosie Moult and Ki-Ki Moore were both honored before Wednesday's game for reaching a couple of milestones in their careers. Moult has become Fresno State's all-time leader in career steals with 255 and Moore has become the 18th player in program history to score over 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform.
► Rosie Moult entered the week tied for 13th in the nation with 3.0 made 3-pointers per game. She has hit nine three's in her last two games.
► This will be Fresno State's second-ever trip to Air Force and just the fourth overall meeting between the two schools.
Fresno State vs. Air Force - Scouting Report
Fresno State and Air Force have played one another just two times before this season and both of those meetings were back in the 1996-97 season. The Bulldogs won both of those games by nine points. The first meeting was on Jan. 18, 1997 when the 'Dogs beat Air Force 62-53 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Then on Feb. 13, 1997, Fresno State held the Falcons to just 40 points in the win at home. With a 60-47 win over the Falcons back on Jan. 30 of this season, the Bulldogs now own a 3-0 all-time record against Air Force.
Air Force sophomore guard Jimi Blagowsky was named the Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday after leading Air Force to a 77-72 victory over Boise State in the Falcons' only game of last week. Blagowsky scored a career-high 19 points off the bench, marking the second consecutive game she has reached double figures after previously holding a career-high of six points. Guard Alicia Leipprandt, who scored 15 points against the Bulldogs in the first meeting of the season, leads the Falcons in scoring at 13.2 points per game this season.
Last Time Against Air Force
The Bulldogs led wire-to-wire in the 60-47 victory over Air Force back on Jan. 30 that gave Fresno State its program record 20th-straight home win back at that time. The 'Dogs forced a season-high 30 turnovers in the game and held the Falcons to only 16 first-half points. Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore ignited Fresno State right from the get-go, scoring 15 points in the first 10 minutes of the game. In the first half alone she scored 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting in only 16 minutes on the court. Taylor Thompson added 10 points and Robin Draper contributed with 12 in 30 minutes of action. The Bulldogs shot 43.6 percent in the game.
Looking For Sixth-Straight Win on the Road
Fresno State has won each of its last five road games and done so in big fashion, winning them by an average margin of 10.8 points. In all, the Bulldogs have a 6-1 road record in Mountain West play as they enter their final road game of the regular season. Fresno State and San Diego State, who is 7-0 on the road in league play, are the only Mountain West teams with six road victories in conference action.
In the five road wins the Bulldogs have had four players score in double figures and junior guard Bree Farley, who is shooting 56.3 percent in the five wins, adds 9.6 points per game. Ki-Ki Moore has averaged 16.2 points in the last five road wins, Rosie Moult has put in 15.0 points per game, Alex Sheedy adds 12.2 points and Taylor Thompson is at 10.0 points. Fresno State has shot 46.0 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from 3-point land during its five-game road winning streak.