'Dogs Host USC at Save Mart Center Wednesday

Dec. 4, 2012

Game #7 - Dec. 5, 2012

USC Trojans (3-3, 0-0 Pac-12) at Fresno State Bulldogs (4-2, 0-0 MW)

7 p.m. PT • Save Mart Center (15,546) • Fresno, Calif.

Radio: ESPN2 790 AM • Live Stats: gobulldogs.com

Series Record: Tied 4-4 • Last Meeting: 12/29/10 - USC 82, FS 78

Opening Tip

The Fresno State Bulldogs host the USC Trojans of the Pac-12 conference Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.

It is the ’Dogs third matchup against a Pac-12 conference opponent of four scheduled matchups this season. Fresno State will square off against Oregon Dec. 16 in its final bout against the conference.

For Fresno State, Wednesday’s contest is its fourth game since last Wednesday when the ’Dogs traveled to Pacific. Since falling in Stockton, the Bulldogs returned to the Save Mart Center, winning its matchups against Washington State and UT Arlington.

In the ‘Dogs 82-49 win against Washington State, Ki-Ki Moore poured in 27 points against her former team, one-point shy of her career-high. She also chipped in seven assists and six steals in the MVP effort.

On Sunday against UT Arlington, Fresno State saw points evenly distributed in its 70-45 win against UTA as all 10 Bulldogs suited up contributed to the point total. Robin Draper scored in double-figures for the second consecutive game and Taylor Thompson set a career-high in steals with seven in the win.

Over the weekend the ‘Dogs averaged 76 points in its two victories and continues to be undefeated at home (4-0). Fresno State extended its home winning streak to 15, having last lost at the Save Mart Center to No. 5 Stanford on Dec. 4, 2011. The streak ranks as the ninth-longest in the NCAA.

Fresno State is in the midst of a four-game home stand, which wraps up Saturday versus Cal State Northridge.

► Fresno State is 4-4 all-time against USC having won the first four and dropped the past four. This is the first meeting between the two schools since  Dec. 29, 2010 when the Bulldogs lost 82-78 at the Save Mart Center.

► This game is Fresno State’s third contest out of four matchups against schools from the Pac-12 conference. The ’Dogs are 1-1 this season, having lost to now No. 1 Stanford, 72-61, and defeating Washington State 82-59.

► Junior guard Ki-Ki Moore led the ’Dogs to a 2-1 record last week while averaging 17 points and six rebounds with 10 assists and 11 steals. She was named Fresno State’s student athlete of the week.

► Fresno State has won 15-straight games at the Save Mart Center dating back to Dec. 4, 2011, it ranks as the ninth longest streak in the NCAA.

Fresno State vs. USC - The Series
The Bulldogs and Trojans all-time series is tied at four dating back to 1971. Fresno State won the first four matchups between the two schools but have dropped the last four. The two last squared off Dec. 29, 2010 when the ‘Dogs fell 82-78 at the Save Mart Center.

’Dogs Complete Weekend Sweep
After defeating Washington State 82-59 on Friday the ‘Dogs returned to the Save Mart Center Sunday to wrap up the weekend with a 70-45 win over UT Arlington. Fresno State scored the games first basket and never trailed in the game. They led by as many as 29 in the victory. Fresno State’s defense recored 19 steals and 30 turnovers overall in game and nettted 27 points off those  turnovers. The ‘Dogs closed the first half with an 11-2 run in the final four minutes and extended its run out of the break with eight more unanswered points. The Mavericks scored its first basket of the second half almost five minutes after the break to end the run. At that point the ‘Dogs had built its lead to 41-19 and cruised to its fourth victory of the season.

Ki-Ki Moore Named Student Athlete of the Week                                                             
Ki-Ki Moore led Fresno State to a 2-1 record last week which included a win over Pac-12 school Washington State. She averaged 17.0 points and six rebound in the three games and had 10 assists and 11 steals. In the loss at Pacific, Moore paced the Bulldogs with 20 points and she had seven rebounds. Then two days later, she and the Bulldogs bounced back from the road loss to hammer Washington State at home. Moore scored 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting against her former team, whom she played for as a freshman in 2009-10 before transferring to Fresno State. Her 27 points was one shy of her career-high and she had six rebounds, seven assists and six steals her supurb performance. What made that Washington State game more impressive is the fact she nearly didn’t play. Moore was battling the stomach flu and it wasn’t until the final minutes prior to the game that it was decided she would play. In the win over UT Arlington, Moore had four points and five rebounds in limited action, as the Bulldogs beat the Mavericks by 25 points

Looking to Find Their Range 
The Bulldogs shot 13-of-41 (.317) from behind the arc in its two games over the weekend. Sharp shooting from Robin Draper, who was 7-of-17 (.412), from 3-point land in the two weekend games sparked the ‘Dogs off the bench from past its recent slump. Fresno State was 9-for-46 (.196) from 3-point land in its two games prior to the weekend, including going just 2-for-17 behind the arch in Wednesday’s loss at Pacific. Last season, Fresno State hit a program record 332 3-pointers and averaged just under 10 3-pointers per game. Last year, Rosie Moult led the WAC in 3-pointers made with 92, which ranks No. 4 in program single-season history, and was ninth in the country in three’s per game with 2.75.

Taylor Thompson Steals the Show                                                                                   
Through six games this season Taylor Thompson is averaging 4.5 steals per game which ties her for second in the NCAA with Mountain West counterpart Amy Kame of San Diego State. Thompson set a career-high in steals with seven on Sunday versus UT Arlington. She is on pace to shatter her career season-best of 77 with 27 steals through six games.

Moore Hits 1,000 Career Points    
With her 20-point game at Pacific on Wednesday, junior guard Ki-Ki Moore surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for her career. She scored 361 points as a freshman at Washington State, the team she now faces Friday, in the 2009-10 season. Then last year, she led the Bulldogs in scoring with 571 points. For her Bulldog career, she is at 671 points and at the rate she is going - as she has scored in double figures in all four games this season - it appears she’ll hit the 1,000-point mark for her Bulldog career by year’s-end. She would become the 19th Bulldog and second on the current roster to score over 1,000 points at Fresno State. Senior guard Rosie Moult surpassed 1,000 career points last season and she currently has 1,094 points in her career.

Strong on the Boards
Fresno State is out-rebounding its opponents by an average of seven boards a game this season and has won the rebounding battle in five games and was tied once this year. The Bulldogs are averaging 18 offensive rebounds per game, which has led to an average of 12 second-chance points per game. Four Bulldogs are averging just over six rebounds per game. Jacinta Vandenberg leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game while Alex Sheedy (6.2 rpg) Ki-Ki Moore (6.0 rpg) and Rosie Moult (6.0rpg) round out the list.