Women's Basketball Hits the Road

Dec. 12, 2012

Game #9 - Dec. 14, 2012

Fresno State Bulldogs (6-2, 0-0 MW) at Portland Pilots (2-7, 0-0 WCC)

5:15 p.m. PT • Chiles Center (4,852) • Portland, Ore.

Radio: None • Live Stats: gobulldogs.com

Series Record: First meeting

Fresno State Game Notes

Opening Tip

The Fresno State Bulldogs kick off its six-game road swing against the Portland Pilots at 5:15 p.m. on Friday night at the Chiles Center.

Fresno State currently owns a four-game winning streak, which includes victories over two Pac-12 opponents in the confines of the Save Mart Center. The 'Dogs are winners of 17 consecutive games at home, sixth-best in the NCAA.

The 'Dogs will look for its first road win of the season when they travel to Portland as they have lost its only two contests away from home at now No.1-ranked Stanford and at Pacific.

Fresno State last traveled to Pacific on Nov. 28 prior to its past four-game homestand. They will look the carry its homecourt success over to the road as they have averaged 71.8 points per game in six home games versus 58.5 ppg in its two games away from the Save Mart Center.

Last time out against Cal State Northridge, the 'Dogs welcomed back Rosie Moult after missing the previous three games. Moult came off the bench and scored a season-high 16 points leading the 'Dogs to a 68-53 come-from-behind win.

Moult hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second half that sparked a 27-7 run over the final eight minutes. The team had just shot 4-of-17 from the field in the first 12 minutes of the second period.

As a team this season the ’Dogs are leading the Mountain West in per game averages of steals (13.5), offensive rebounds (17.5), turnover margin (+5.88), assist/turnover ratio (0.9) and sit third in assists with 14.1 per game.

► Fresno State  is currently riding a four-game winning streak, tops in the Mountain West.

► Friday’s game marks the beginning to Fresno State’s six-game road trip. The ’Dogs will next host its first conference games versus New Mexico on Jan. 12, four weeks from its last home game.

► Junior Taylor Thompson was named the Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week after leading the ’Dogs to a 2-0 record last week. Thompson leads the Mountain West with 4.25 steals per game, her mark is also the fourth-best among all Division-I players.

► Sophomore Alex Sheedy recorded career-highs in rebounds (11) and steals (4) against USC.

► Fresno State has won 17-straight games at the Save Mart Center dating back to Dec. 4, 2011. It ranks as the sixth longest streak in the NCAA.

Fresno State vs. Portland - Scouting Report

The University of Portland is 2-7 in the early going of the 2012-13 season. The Pilots defeated Mountain West conference member Nevada at home last time out, 70-61. Kari Luttinen led the team in scoring with 23 and Amy Pupa led the Pilots in rebounds with nine. Friday’s game against Fresno State will be the third game hosted by Portland this season. Portland is 1-1 on its home floor. Away from home, the Pilots are 1-5 while also dropping one on a neutral court against Boston College.

Portland averages 52.8 points per game while its opponents average 67.7 points per game. Luttinen leads Portland with 11.7 points per game in nine contests this season.

Taylor Thompson Named Student-Athlete of the Week For the Second Time

Junior point guard Taylor Thompson guided Fresno State to a 2-0 record last week with victories over USC from the Pac-12 and Cal State Northridge of the Big West Conference. She averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.0 assists in the two wins at the Save Mart Center. Thompson sank two clutch free-throws with 12 seconds remaining against USC to seal the ’Dogs second win against a Pac-12 opponent this season. She was 7-of-8 from the line and shot an efficient 6-of-9 from the field in leading the team with 20 points, one-point shy of her career-high. Against Cal State Northridge, Thompson was again efficient shooting the ball, hitting 3-of-4 from the field while adding five steals. The women’s basketball team had claimed Fresno State’s Student Athlete of the Week in back-to-back weeks as Ki-Ki Moore was named with the same honor last week.

Rosie’s Return Against Cal State Northridge

After missing three consecutive games, Rosie Moult’s timely return to floor helped lead the ’Dogs to a 68-53 victory last time out. In a role off the bench, Moult chipped in a season-high 16 points which was exactly what the ’Dogs needed on an afternoon when her teammates had a hard time finding the bottom of the net. Moult hit two consecutive 3-pointers in the second half that sparked a 27-7 run in final eight minutes after the team shot just 4-of-17 from the field in the first 12 minutes of the second frame.

‘Dogs Take Down Pac-12

Fresno State defeated USC and Washington State in the span of five days at home during its homestand. Ki-Ki Moore led they was for the ’Dogs with 27 points in the 82-59 victory while Taylor Thompson took the lead scoring against USC with 20 points in Fresno State’s 65-60 win. The ’Dogs are 2-1 this season versus the Pac-12, Fresno State lost to now No.1-ranked Stanford 72-61 in the season opener.

Taylor Thompson Steals the Show

Through eight games this season Taylor Thompson is averaging 4.25 steals per game which ties her for fourth in the NCAA. She also leads the Mountain West in steals per game and has classmate Ki-Ki Moore (2.9 spg) is right behind her in second. Thompson set a career-high in steals with seven on Dec. 2 versus UT Arlington. She is on pace to shatter her career season-best of 77 with 34 steals through eight games.

Home Sweet Home

Fresno State has not lost a home game since falling to No. 4 Stanford  on Dec. 4, 2011. Since then, the ’Dogs have reeled off 17 consecutive wins at the Save Mart Center which is the sixth longest such streak in the NCAA.

Fresno State Takes Down Women of Troy

Fresno State defeated the USC Trojans 65-60 in a thrilling game to remain undefeated at the Save Mart Center last Wednesday night. Wednesday’s game was a tale of two halves as each team faced a scoring drought and a sizable run against one another. Although, the `Dogs run in first half proved to be enough to withstand the Trojans second half surge. Fresno State held the lead in first half in all but one minute and 32 seconds. The Trojans claimed its first lead at the 8:43 mark in the first half before the `Dogs took the lead back. Fresno State responded to the Trojans first lead with a 14-0 run to close the half while forcing the Women of Troy to 15 consecutive missed field goals in the final eight plus minutes. The ‘Dogs found themselves owning a 25 point lead with 11 minutes remaining in the contest. USC turned up its defensive pressure and began pressing the `Dogs and USC held Fresno State without a field goal for the next 10 minutes and poured in 17 unanswered points. The Fresno State lead was trimmed to as little as three points with 13 seconds left before an intentional foul was called. Taylor Thompson sank two clutch free-throws and pushed the lead back to five to seal the victory.

Conference Superlatives

Through its first eight games Fresno State ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West in steals per game (13.5), turnover margin (+5.88), assist/turnover ratio (0.9) and offensive rebounds (17.5). The ‘Dogs have yet to lose its long-standing range from the 3-point arc as they lead sit secomd in 3-point shots made per game with 5.9. Fresno State ranks second with its scoring marhin (+12.2) and sit fourth with its scoring offense with 68.5 points per game, Nevada ranks first a 69.9 per game average.