Women's Hoops Heads to First MW Tournament

March 12, 2013

No. 7 Seed Boise State (11-18, 4-12 MW) vs. No. 2 Seed Fresno State (21-8, 13-3 MW)


Game #30 • March 14, 2013

6 p.m. PT • Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) • Las Vegas, Nev.

Radio: ESPN2 790 AM with Christian Lukens • Live Stats: gobulldogs.com

Webstreaming: Mountain West Network through TheMWC.com with Rich Cellini & Krista Blunk

Series Record: FS leads 19-9 • Last Meeting: 2/23/13 - FS 83, BSU 65 in Boise, Idaho

Fresno State Game Notes for MW Tournament

Opening Tip
The Fresno State women's basketball team opens up the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 2 seed and faces No. 7 seed Boise State in the first round on Thursday, March 14. Tip-off from the Thomas & Mack Center is set for 6 p.m.

This will be the very first Mountain West tournament the Bulldogs have competed in. They went 13-3 during their first season in the MW and finished in second place.

Head coach Raegan Pebley, in her first season at Fresno State, guided the Bulldogs to a 21-8 regular season record. She needs three more wins to tie Adrian Wiggins (2005-06) for the most wins by a first-year coach in school history.

Fresno State enters the tournament hot, having won four-straight, six of its last seven games and 11 of its final 13. Over their last four games, the Bulldogs have outscored opponents 75.5-56.5 on average, shot 45.3 percent from the field and forced an average of 20.8 turnovers per game.

Fresno State's defense this season has been one of the best, as they led the conference by forcing an average of 20.1 turnovers per game. The Bulldogs' 377 steals are 88 more than any other Mountain West team has and are 14 off the MW single-season record. Additionally, Fresno State ranks third nationally with 13.0 steals per game.

Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore was named the 2012-13 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league and ranking 17th nationally in steals.

She was a first-team All-MW selection. Rosie Moult was voted to the second-team while Alex Sheedy and Taylor Thompson were voted to the third-team.

Bulldog Headlines
► Fresno State's four all-conference selections tied with San Diego State and Wyoming for the most from any one team in the Mountain West.

Ki-Ki Moore, the 2012-13 MW Defensive Player of the Year, and Rosie Moult were both named to the 2012-13 MW All-Defensive Team. The 'Dogs and SDSU were the only schools with two players to make that six-member team.

► This is Fresno State's first-ever Mountain West Championships. The Bulldogs won the WAC Tournament in four out of their last five years in that league.

► Fresno State swept the Broncos this season during the regular season and have won eight-straight over Boise State.

► The Bulldogs have averaged 71.2 points and held opponents to just 57.2 over their last five games.

► The Bulldogs have won 13 out of their last 14 conference tournament games going back to 2008 (five seasons).

► The Bulldogs have used their same starting five of Farley, Sheedy, Moore, Moult and Thompson in each of the past nine games and in 18-of-29 games on the season.

► In Fresno State's last two games before the tournament, the Bulldogs had 53 assists on their 67 made field goals. The 'Dogs shot 51.1 percent from the field in those two games and made a total of 24 3-pointers.

Fresno State vs. Boise State - Scouting Report
After sweeping Boise State in the regular season, the first-round matchup with the Broncos will be Fresno State's 29th all-time against the Broncos. The Bulldogs lead the series 19-9 and have won eighth-straight with seven of those victories being by 10 or more points. The two teams have met twice before in conference tournaments, both times when the school's were members of the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State won both meetings - a 66-54 overtime victory in the first round in 2002 and a 68-59 win in the 2007 semifinals.

The Broncos went 11-18 overall and 4-12 in the MW this season. Boise State enters the tournament having lost 10 out of its last 11 games. Forward Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos this season, averaging 15.8 points per game and 7.0 rebounds. She ranks fourth in the MW in both scoring and rebounding this season. Brandi Henton at 10.4 points per game is the only other Bronco scoring in double figures. Boise State averages 62.3 points per game and shoots 37.2 percent from the field.

This Year Against Boise State
Fresno State won both of its regular season games against Boise State this year, defeating the Broncos at home 70-57 on Jan. 23 and winning on the road 83-65 on Feb. 23. Ki-Ki Moore led the Bulldogs in the two wins, averaging 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and she had 10 steals in the two games. Rosie Moult added 18.0 points in the two wins and hit 10 3-pointers - five in each game. Fresno State shot 49.5 percent from the field against the Broncos this year and hit 22 total 3-pointers in the two games. Defensively, Fresno State forced the Broncos into 41 turnovers and BSU only had eight free throws total in two games, all eight of which it made.

Fresno State Run-Down
The Bulldogs, in their first season under head coach Raegan Pebley, got hot at the right time this year. After going 8-5 in non-conference play, where seven of those 13 games were on the road, Fresno State came back and went 13-3 in conference play to finish second in the MW. The Bulldogs were 12-2 at home this year and 9-6 on the road. Fresno State started off the year by losing its first four road games, the first one at No. 4 Stanford, and went 2-5 overall on the road in non-conference play. However, once the Bulldogs opened up conference play, they excelled on the road and went 7-1 in league road games. Fresno State's most impressive win of the season came in its very-first Mountain West game, as the 'Dogs won at San Diego State 80-72 on Jan. 9. Fresno State led SDSU by as many as 20 points with 15:08 to play in the second half of that game where it handed the Aztecs their only loss during league play.

Fresno State has used the majority of its minutes this year with its starting five of Bree Farley, Ki-Ki Moore, Rosie Moult, Alex Sheedy and Taylor Thompson. Everyone in that group but Sheedy, who averages 28.5 minutes per game, is averaging over 30 minutes. Robin Draper is the first Bulldog off the bench and she averages 18.4 minutes per game. Center Jacinta Vandenberg has averaged 13.9 minutes per game and made 10 starts this year. Fresno State's bench averaged just 11.9 points per game this season with Draper accounting for 4.5 of that. Vandenberg averaged 2.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season.

Bulldogs Claim All-Conference Awards
Fresno State tied with San Diego State and Wyoming for the most players from one team to make the 2012-13 All-Mountain West teams that were voted upon by the nine head coaches in the league. Ki-Ki Moore was selected to the first-team, Rosie Moult to the second-team and Alex Sheedy and Taylor Thompson were both pegged to the third team. Moore was named the MW Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Defensive team, which she was joined on by Moult. Fresno State and San Diego State were the only two teams in the league that had two players named to the six-member All-Defensive Team. For Moult, this is the third year in a row she has been voted second-team All-Conference. Moore's first-team selection is her second-straight and Thompson followed up her second-team nod a season ago.

3-Point Leaders
Fresno State hit 131 3-pointers in its 16 Mountain West game this season, which are the second-most from any team in Mountain West history. Only Wyoming in 2010 hit more three's with 142. For the entire season, the Bulldogs hit 217 trey's and that was 34 more than any other MW team had. Fresno State, with an average of 7.5 made three's per game, ranked 18th nationally.

Moult Leads the Downtown Charge
Rosie Moult was Fresno State's 3-point leader this season. Despite missing five games on the year, her 76 trey's were 12 more than any other MW player. In conference play, where she missed one of the 16 games, Moult hit 52 three's and that is the second most from any player in league history for conference only games. Moult, at 3.17 made three's per game in 2012-13, ranks ninth in the country in that category. For her career, she made 328 3-pointers and that ranks No. 2 in school history and her 1,376 career points is the seventh most ever by an Bulldog.

Most Disruptive Defense
Fresno State led the Mountain West this season by forcing 20.1 turnovers per game and its 583 forced turnovers were 54 more than any other team forced this season. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with 377 steals - 88 more than any other MW team - and ranked No. 3 in the nation with 13.0 steals per game. Fresno State did a good job of taking care of the ball this year - just had a season-low eight turnovers against UNLV in the regular season finale - and averaged 14.9 turnovers per game, which was the fourth lowest in the league. That gave the Bulldogs a +5.2 turnover margin, the best in the league and it ranked 20th nationally.

Top Thefts
Fresno State guards Ki-Ki Moore, Rosie Moult and Taylor Thompson ranked one, two and three this season in the Mountain West for steals. The three of them combined for 237, which was more than Air Force, Colorado State, Boise State and Wyoming had for its entire team. Moore is tied for 17th nationally with 3.07 steals per game and her 89 total steals on the year are just four off of breaking into the top five for the most in Mountain West history. Rosie Moult ranks 25th nationally with 2.96 steals per game and she is Fresno State's all-time career steals leader with 264 in her career. Thompson had 77 steals on the year, or 2.8 per game. Down in 10th place, Alex Sheedy had 1.7 steals per game and 48 on the year, five of which came in the regular season finale against UNLV (a new career-high for Sheedy).

Good Handles
Junior guard Taylor Thompson, who ranks seventh in school history with 319 assists, enters the tournament with 19 assists against only three turnovers in her last two games. She had nine assists with two turnovers at Air Force on March 2 and then in the regular season finale against UNLV, Thompson set a new career-high with 10 assists and she only turned the ball over one time in that game. Thompson also scored 14 points against the Rebels, giving her the second double-double on the season. Her first double-double came in the season opener at No. 4 Stanford when she scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds. For the season, Thompson ranked third in the MW in both assists (4.2 apg) and in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7).

This Season to Be Ki-Ki Moore's Last
Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore, the 2012-13 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, announced last week that she will forgo her last remaining season of eligibility due to lingering injuries and constant pain. Moore transferred to Fresno State after playing her freshman season at Washington State. In her two years with the 'Dogs, she became the 18th player in school history to score over 1,000 points in a Bulldog uniform. Moore averaged 16.8 points per game at Fresno State, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals. In 63 career games with the Bulldogs, she led the team in scoring 40 times and led the squad in rebounding 30 times while posting 10 double-doubles - four this season. She was the 2012 WAC Player and Newcomer of the Year along with being named the WAC Tournament MVP. This year she was also voted first-team All-Mountain West and to the All-Defensive Team.

Winningest Senior Class in Program History
Seniors Rosie Moult and Jeanna Furst have won more games at Fresno State than any other players in program history. The duo has helped Fresno State go 101-29 (.777) over the last four seasons, which is the best record for any players to play four years at Fresno State. In the four seasons between 2008-12, Fresno State went 104-30, but the 2011-12 senior class was comprised of Blakely Goldberg and Veronica Wilson - two players that transferred to Fresno State and only played two seasons with the Bulldogs. The 2010-11 senior class of Emma Andrews, Marnique Arnold, Taja Edwards, Haley Munro and Jaleesa Ross went 98-35 (.737) in their four years in a Bulldog uniform and was the winningest senior class to play four years at Fresno State until being surpassed this season by Moult and Furst.

Bulldogs Reach 20 Wins
For the sixth-straight season and the 13th time in program history, Fresno State has reached the 20-win plateau. The Bulldogs along with San Diego State and Wyoming, who both have 23 wins on the season, are the only teams in the Mountain West that have hit 20 wins.

• Fresno State had a 7-1 record this year in games coming off a loss.
• The Bulldogs went 7-1 in the month of January and are now 36-5 in that month over the last five seasons.
• Fresno State has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the past five seasons.
• The Bulldogs only allowed opponents to make 133 3-pointers on them this year, which is the second fewest allowed among the nine teams in the Mountain West. Fresno State held opponents to a 3-point field goal percentage of just .307.
• Fresno State averaged 21.6 points per game off of turnovers, 10.5 second-chance points, 7.7 fast-break points and scored 30.8 of its 67.8 points per game in the paint this season.
• Bree Farley, Ki-Ki Moore and Taylor Thompson had the highest plus-minus statistics of all the players on the year. Moore was at +8.48, Thompson was +8.46 for the season and Farley was +8.28.