WCBK

Fresno State falls to No. 4 Stanford 86-54

Share This Story

   
 

FRESNO, Calif. (AP)

Unranked Fresno State showed it could hang with No. 4 Stanford on its home court for a little while on Saturday night.

Stanford ended the Bulldogs' upset bid midway through the first half with a 11-0 run that paced an 86-54 rout in nonconference finales for both teams.

Fresno State took small solace in leading Stanford (11-1) briefly for two possessions early in the game, or trailing 22-18 midway through the first half.

''We opened the game well,'' Bulldogs coach Raegan Pebley said. ''But to beat a team like Stanford, you've got to play every possession. You've got to play well every minute of the game.''

Fresno State did that for half of the first half before its offense went cold - even as Stanford struggled with its shots.

Up 22-18, the Cardinal missed seven straight shots and one free throw, but the Bulldogs failed to capitalize.

Stanford then strung together 11 points for a 33-18 lead with 5:54 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs pulled within 43-31 at halftime on Alex Sheedy's 3-pointer. But any chance of a second-half comeback was ended by Stanford's 16-2 run coming out of the break.

''When a team like Stanford does hit a lull, that's when you need to be exposing it and really get your opportunities,'' Pebley said. ''It was tough.''

Fresno State guard Taylor Thompson did her part, scoring 12 of her 14 points in the first half with a steady amount of left-side drives to the basket. So did Sheedy, who had a game-high 11 points and 15 points.

But the Bulldogs were no match for Stanford's duo of Amber Orrange and Chiney Ogwumike.

Orrange scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half. After halftime, she guarded Thompson and held the Bulldogs point guard to two second-half points.

Ogwumike scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, and finished with 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.

With 1,257 rebounds, she is nine short of catching Kayla Pedersen's Pac-12 Conference and school rebounding records. She also moved into fifth place on the school's scoring list with 2,079 points.

''That's an impact WNBA-level player,'' Pebley said of Ogwumike. ''And one of the best players in Division I women's basketball. I thought we did a pretty good job on her, holding her to 20 points, 10 rebounds.

''And then you look over at that last column and it was only over 23 minutes.''

Fresno State's highlights came in the first 10 minutes. Down 5-0, the Bulldogs scored seven straight points, punctuated by Moriah Faulk's 3-pointer. Fresno State had a 7-5 lead at the 17-minute mark, but it lasted just 16 seconds.

Emilie Volk put Fresno State up again 14-13 with a 3-pointer at 13:26. But that lead didn't last long before Ogwumike's layup on a full-court pass gave Stanford the lead.

''We were challenging them,'' Pebley said. ''We competed with them really well - as well as a lot of teams. They blew out a lot of teams this year.''

Fresno State opens Mountain West Conference play Jan. 1 at UNLV.

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


FOX SPORTS Videos

Why is LeSean McCoy practicing blindfolded? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Eagles RB 'Shady' McCoy.

Could Richie Incognito get another NFL job? Posted: Aug 12, 2014
Donovan McNabb and Mike Garafolo talk Richie Incognito.

Byron Scott: No Laker Can Beat Me In Horse - @TheBuzzeronFOX Posted: Aug 12, 2014
The Lakers new coach is still pretty confident in his shot. Kobe Bryant might ha...

WCBK Headlines

  • Power Ranking

  • Power Ranking

  • Power Ranking

  • Power Ranking

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Zephyr Florida Gators White DH Fitted Hat http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/21914/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_21000/DS_21914_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Zephyr Florida Gators White DH Fitted Hat
    Zephyr Florida Gators Royal Blue DH Fitted Hat http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/50646/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_50000/DS_50646_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Zephyr Florida Gators Royal Blue DH Fitted Hat
    Ohio State Buckeyes Scrub Top - Gray http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/60808/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_60000/FF_60808_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Ohio State Buckeyes Scrub Top - Gray
    Nike Texas Longhorns #7 Burnt Orange Replica Football Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Texas_Longhorns/browse/featuredproduct/62039/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_62000/FF_62039_xl.jpg&w=100 59.95 Nike Texas Longhorns #7 Burnt Orange Replica Football Jersey
    Ohio State Buckeyes Scarlet Scrub Top --- http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/67086/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_67000/FF_67086_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Ohio State Buckeyes Scarlet Scrub Top ---
    Michigan Wolverines Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Michigan_Wolverines/browse/featuredproduct/70367/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70367_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Michigan Wolverines Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt
    Florida State Seminoles Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_State_Seminoles/browse/featuredproduct/70625/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70625_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Florida State Seminoles Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt
    Texas Longhorns Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Texas_Longhorns/browse/featuredproduct/70626/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70626_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Texas Longhorns Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt
    Kentucky Wildcats Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Kentucky_Wildcats/browse/featuredproduct/70627/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70627_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Kentucky Wildcats Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt
    Ohio State Buckeyes Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/70628/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_70000/DS_70628_xl.jpg&w=100 12.95 Ohio State Buckeyes Ash Vertical Arch Logo T-shirt