Senior Day to Be Filled With Emotions
March 8, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
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|Head Coach Raegan Pebley
|Senior G Rosie Moult
|Senior C Jeanna Furst
And what a ride it has been for the two. They've helped the Bulldogs go 100-29 (.775) over the last four years, won two WAC regular season and two WAC Tournament championships. Now as their career's wind down, they are on one last lap looking to match previous heights and climb to new ones.
"I just wanted to come and have a good experience and play on a good side," Moult said of her expectations coming to Fresno State. "I've definitely had a good experience, had a very successful four years, and I think some of the personal accomplishments are added on the side."
Moult and Furst have led the Bulldogs to a 20-8 overall record this season and the 'Dogs will be the No. 2 seed at next week's 2013 Reese's Mountain West Championships. The two seniors will be honored before Saturday's regular season finale against UNLV (2 p.m./Save Mart Center).
"We got here and Fresno State had a reputation of winning championships and I know Rosie and I wanted to continue that," Furst said. "I'm very glad our hard work has paid off because we've been able to do that."
Those two players knew their time was coming to an end. One player that did not necessarily know that was junior guard Ki-Ki Moore.
Moore, who is graduating this spring with her bachelor's degree in communications, has decided this year will be her last. Lingering injuries that have given her constant pain is what caused her to come to this decision. It was something she contemplated towards the end of the season, but this Wednesday finally decided now is the time.
"I feel like it is never easy leaving something so special when the team and coaches are supporting you, but that's how bad the pain was," said Moore, who almost didn't make it back this season after undergoing surgery on her ankle last summer. "It is the best decision for me."
Moore, who transferred to Fresno State from Washington State after her freshman season, became the 18th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform. After scoring 571 points last year when she was the 2012 WAC Player and Newcomer of the Year, she has 469 points this season. Moore needs just 31 more points to become the second player in program history to have back-to-back 500-point seasons.
"There is a lot that people don't know about this woman that would endear them to her even more," head coach Raegan Pebley said of Moore. "She is an outstanding student that has taken personal responsibility in her academic success and she has soldiered through tremendous pain. We are grateful for this special class's commitment and the blessing of coaching them."
Moult will go down as Fresno State's all-time leader in steals with 262 and she is second in program history with 322 3-pointers, ranking 11th nationally this season with 3.04 made three's per game. She is a two-time All-Conference selection and has been a three-time Academic All-Conference honoree.
Furst is a two-time Academic All-Conference selection and in her four seasons as a Bulldog, she has appeared in 78 games.
"Rosie and Jeanna are great examples of what being a student-athlete is about," Pebley said. "Both of them academically have been stellar as well as their contribution to the program. They've won 100 games in their careers here and there are a lot people that have been a part of that. There is something to be said about the intensity and self-discipline they possess. That combined with their competitiveness and expectations to win becomes contagious within a program."
Furst said that Saturday's Senior Day is going to be bittersweet.
"It's a weird feeling. It's really exciting because it's our last game, but it's really sad as well because it's our last game," Furst said about the emotions she'll be going through on Saturday. "My freshman year, you just think we're going to be here forever, but I blinked and it is senior night."
Moore and Moult wanted to thank the fans for making their time in a Bulldog uniform so special.
"I want to thank the fans for all the support of the program through our ups and downs and for always being there for us," Moore said.
"The fan support has been fantastic all four years so that is one thing I am definitely going to miss," Moult added. "The atmosphere for every game, back at home in Australia you don't get crowds like this."
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