'Dogs Host Grambling State Tuesday
Nov. 19, 2012
Game #3 - Nov. 20, 2012
Grambling State Lady Tigers (0-3, 0-0 SWAC) at Fresno State Bulldogs (1-1, 0-0 Mountain West)
7 p.m. PT • Save Mart Center (15,546) • Fresno, Calif.
Radio: KFPT 790 • Live Stats: gobulldogs.com
Series Record: First meeting
The Fresno State women’s basketball team plays its third non-conference game and second home game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. versus the Grambling State Lady Tigers of the Southwestern Conference. It is the first meeting between the two schools.
The Bulldogs earned first-year head coach Raegan Pebley her first win at Fresno State versus Cal-Maritime in an 82-43 win in its home opener at the Save Mart Center eight days ago.
Bree Farley scored a career-high 21 points in the win, while tying her career mark of made 3-pointers in a game with four. Fresno State shot 46.8 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Keelhaulers 44-28 in the game.
In the 'Dogs season-opener against No. 4 Stanford they kept it close throughout the evening, but fell to the Cardinal 72-61 in a hard-fought game. Ki-Ki Moore tied the score at 42 with 15:02 left in the second half before the Cardinal made its final push to seal the victory.
Three Bulldogs scored in double-figures with senior guard Taylor Thompson leading the way with 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Ta’Nitra Byrd chipped in 14 points off the bench in her first action as a ‘Dog since redshirting a season ago.
Pebley’s first Bulldog squad features four returning starters and 68.5 percent of its total scoring is back from last year’s team that set a school record with 28 wins. Fresno State has made it to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last five seasons, and looks to use its experienced squad to get back into the dance.
►Fresno State was voted to finish second in the 2012 Mountain West Preseason Women's Basketball Poll.
►Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore was named to the 2012 All-Mountain West Preseason team. Moore, the 2011-12 WAC Player of the Year, averaged 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season.
►Senior guard/forward Rosie Moult and junior guard Bree Farley have been selected by their teammates as the captains for the 2012-13 season.
► The Raegan Pebley era at Fresno State kicks off Friday night. Pebley comes to Fresno State from Utah State where she was the 2012 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Region 7 Coach of the Year.
► Fresno State is set for its first season in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs won the WAC in four of the last five years.
Scouting Grambling State
The Grambling State Lady Tigers come to Fresno for its first game after opening the season participating in the WNIT preseason tournament. The Lady Tigers posted three losses in the tournament to Memphis (92-42), Liberty (81-50) and Sam Houston State (73-55). Grambling State averages 49 points per game and they shoot 26.5 percent from the field and have made eight 3-pointers on 35 attempts. Opponents have out-rebounded the Lady Tigers by an average of 17.7 boards per game and have turned the ball over collectively more than its opponents 71-59.
Grambling State’s top scorer is Cierra Ceazer who averaged 12.7 points per game in the 3-game tournament. She averaged four rebounds and 2.6 steals per game.
Career Best Set In Week One
Junior guard Taylor Thompson collected a career-best 10 rebounds at No. 4 Stanford, two offensive and eight defensive on Nov. 9 while playing all 40 minutes. Junior guard Bree Farley netted a career-best 21 points in 28 minutes in the ‘Dogs victory over Cal-Maritime. She tied her career mark of four 3-pointers made on six attempts in the game. Raven Fox and Robin Draper both set career bests in points and rebounds against Cal-Martime. Fox scored 10 points and seven rebounds, while Draper had five points and four rebounds. Alex Sheedy hit three 3-pointers for the first time in her career in the match-up against the Keelhaulers.
Fresno State Pegged Second In Preseason Poll
The Mountain West announced that the Fresno State women's basketball team was voted second in its 2012-13 preseason women's basketball poll. Fresno State, a newcomer to the conference, has consistently earned a piece of the WAC title the past five seasons, last season having won the WAC tournament and advancing to the NCAA tournament. San Diego State was picked as the league favorite, while the 'Dogs sit ahead of third-place UNLV.
Bulldogs Earn Preseason Honors
After a stellar 2011-12 campaign, Ki-Ki Moore was selected to the All-Mountain West preseason team. She was also recognized by College Sports Madness as the MW preseason Player of the Year, while also being a first-team selection. The website also honored Alex Sheedyas a preseason second-team selection.
Fresno State faced Fresno Pacific on Oct. 30 in its lone exhibition tune-up for the 2012-13 season. The Bulldogs came away with a 102-57 victory while shooting 50 percent from the floor and forcing the Sunbirds into 24 turnovers. Four Bulldogs scored in double-figures, with Ki-Ki Moore and Rosie Moult scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively. Taylor Thompsonadded 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, as Fresno State had 24 assists on 39 made field goals in the game. The Bulldogs out-rebounded FPU 60-28 and scored 52 of its 102 points in the paint.
Senior Rosie Moult and junior Bree Farleywere selected as team captains for the 2012-13 season. Moult enters her senior year with a wealth of experience having 91 career starts under her belt. Moult is one of two seniors on Fresno State's roster and will be relied on for her senior leadership, she was also one of three captains a season ago. Farley, a first-time captain and first-year starter this season joins Moult as co-captain. Farley played a large role for the 'Dogs offense with her minutes off the bench, this season she will take that role as a starter.
The `Dogs host six non-conference opponents in the 2012-13 season under first-year head coach Raegan Pebley. The home-opener pits the `Dogs against the Cal-Maritime Keelhaulers, it is also the inaugural meeting between the schools programs. The 'Dogs also welcome Grambling State (Nov. 20), Washington State (Nov. 30), UT Arlington (Dec. 2), USC (Dec. 5) and CS-Northridge (Dec. 8) at the Save Mart Center.
New Conference Foes
Fresno State is set to enter its first season in the Mountain West. This will be the sixth conference the Bulldogs have been in. From 1972-82, Fresno State was a member of the NORCAL Conference and a NORPAC member from 1982-86. In 1986, the Bulldogs joined the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, which in 1988 became the Big West Conference. Then in 1992, Fresno State joined the Western Athletic Conference where they have been for the past 20 seasons. The Bulldogs have won four conference regular season championships and all four have come in the past five seasons. The 'Dogs look to keep the momentum rolling in its new home, a much tougher league in the MW.
Last season the Bulldogs were able to win a program record 28 games and reach the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight season. After such a successful season, the Bulldogs are fortunate that most of that squad from last year returns in 2012-13. Fresno State returns 4-of-5 starters from the 2011-12 team that averaged 74.9 points per game. 68.9 percent of last year's scoring returnees, including three of Fresno State's top four scorers.
It all starts with junior guard Ki-Ki Moore, who averaged 16.8 points per game last year and 7.2 rebounds. Moore was the 2012 WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP in leading the Bulldogs to a 28-6 overall record. Guard/forward Rosie Moult is back for her senior season. Moult, a second-team All-WAC selection last year, averaged 13.1 points per game, led the conference with 92 3-pointers made and ranked eighth nationally in 3-pointers made per game (2.94). Gearing up the Bulldogs on offense is point guard Taylor Thompson. Also a second-team All-WAC selection in 2011-12, Thompson averaged 8.0 points and 4.2 rebounds while dishing out a team-high 124 assists.
'Dogs vs. the Pac-12
Fresno State squares off against four teams from the Pac-12 this season (Washington State, USC, Oregon and Stanford). The 'Dogs own an all-time 37-91 record against teams from the conference. Fresno State was 1-2 against teams in the Pac-12 last season, defeating Oregon 81-71, and falling to Stanford (93-59) and USC (65-57).
New Sheriff In Town
Raegan Pebley will be the ninth head coach to lead the Bulldogs on the hardwood, replacing Adrian Wigginswho tenured since 2005-06 season. Pebley brings nine years of head coaching experience from Utah State where she revitalized a program that had been dormant for 16 years. Pebley guided the Aggies to a program record 21 wins last year and was one of eight coaches in the nation to be a finalist for the 2012 WBCA National Coach of the Year award.
Ki-Ki Moore, 2012 WAC Player of the Year
The `Dogs will be led by second-year starter Ki-Ki Mooreas she looks to carry over last seasons success to the Mountain West. Moore started all 34 games for the 'Dogs, she was second in the league in scoring with 16.8 points per game, led the league with 2.8 steals per game and led the team with 7.2 rebounds per game. She scored a career-high 28 points three times (Hawai'i, SMU, Santa Clara), scored in double-digits 29-of-34 games and had the best field goal percentage on the team at 47.0 percent.
For the past five season the 'Dogs have been ranked among the top four programs in the country for 3-point field goals made per game. Last season the 'Dogs made 9.8 3-point shots per game, ranking No. 3 among all NCAA teams. Behind senior Rosie Moult, who led the team with 94 made 3-point shots while shooting 35 percent behind the arc, the 'Dogs are in position for the trend to continue.
When Raegan Pebley was hired, she was able to assemble and experienced staff to bring with her to Fresno State. Assistant coach Ron Stewart and director of operations Shane Rinner have both been head coaches before. Then the other assistants - Danyelle Snelgro and Hanna Howard- both coached with Pebley at Utah State, a program she resurrected from scratch. "A lot of that helps a lot when you are new in a program," Pebley said of having an experienced coaching staff by her side.
Stewart was the head coach for 11 seasons at Western Michigan and before that had coaching stings with the Kansas State and Florida men's program. Stewart helped lead Florida to the 1994 NCAA Final Four.
Howard's leading role is being the team's defensive coordinator while Snelgro handles the direction of the guard play. Not only has Snelgro been a trusted staff member for Pebley the last two years, but she played point guard for Utah State under Pebley's direction from 2005-09.