‘Dogs cruise past Colorado State

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Fresno State women’s basketball team won for the sixth time in its last seven games, dominating Colorado State in a 69-58 victory Sunday at Moby Arena on national TV.

The Bulldogs have now won three of their four Mountain West road games and with Sunday’s victory improve to 13-6 overall and 5-1 in the conference.

“I think that we prepared very well for this game and we just thought that we couldn’t look down to any opponent,” said junior guard Ki-Ki Moore, who led the Bulldogs with 18 points. “We just like to play fast and when we pressure, we play really good off each other and get a lot of steals.”

Fresno State jumped on the Rams early, holding a 21-point lead late in the first half behind that strong pressure defense. The Bulldogs forced CSU to turn the ball over 15 total times in the game, 13 in the first half alone.

“We always want to try to dictate the pace of the game and allow our girls to really just play basketball,” said head coach Raegan Pebley, who saw her Bulldogs win their third-straight game by 10 or more points. “They’ve been doing a good job of embracing the system and I think our depth has been building as well, which allows us to play more aggressive.”

The Bulldogs shot 48.1 percent in the game and had four players score in double figures. Moore led all scorers in the game, as she scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half with ease. She was 8-for-15 from the field with five rebounds and three assists.

Bree Farley hit a career-high five 3-pointers, going 5-for-7 from downtown for 15 points. The Bulldogs as a team went 11-for-25 from 3-point range.

Rosie Moult added 13 points and Alex Sheedy had 12 second half points to give her 14 for the game.

Fresno State’s first half defense was suffocating, which allowed the ‘Dogs to take a 40-22 lead at the break. The Bulldogs nearly forced CSU to turn the ball over as many times (13) as total shots it attempted (14).

“I think we started really up-tempo, got a lot of steals at the start and I think playing up-tempo really creates offense for us,” said Moult, who had four of Fresno State’s nine steals in the game. “Obviously it’s a confidence booster when you get on a roll and keep extending the lead.”

Moore had 16 points in the first half and Moult added 10. The Bulldogs hit six first-half 3-pointers, which was just one less than the total number of field goals the Rams hit in the first 20 minutes.

Sheedy scored seven of Fresno State’s first 12 points in the first half. Her 3-pointer from the wing at 12:52 gave the Bulldogs a 20-point lead.

After building that lead, the Bulldogs pulled out of their pressure defense and coasted down the stretch.

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