Women's Hoops Falls 76-49 At Fresno State

 

Fresno, Calif. - With 12 points, Ta'Rea Cunnigan led four Spartans in double-digit scoring, but the San Jose State women's basketball team (7-12, 2-2 WAC) lost the Fresno State Bulldogs 76-49 in their final appearance in the Save Mart Center, as Western Athletic Conference opponents, on Thursday night.

 

Brittany Johnson, Myesha Broaden and Sara Plavljanin each scored 10 points.  For Johnson, it was her 20th consecutive game in double-digits and 19th to start the season.   Johnson, the nations 21st leading scorer was held nine points below her season average.

Fresno State (16-4, 4-0 WAC) outplayed San Jose State in two critical areas.  They forced 32 turnovers to the Spartans 10 and turned that into a 29-to-6 advantage in points off turnovers.  They beat the Spartans on the offensive glass 16-to-10 and used that margin to get a 10-to-3 advantage in second-chance points on their way to the victory.

In the first half the Spartans shot a better percentage than the Bulldogs, 45.8 percent-to 33.3 percent, but Fresno State hit seven 3-pointers to San Jose State's one.  The 'Dogs also won the turnover battle 17-to-5 and converted them into 11 points to the Spartans four, taking a 35-25 lead into the locker room.

In the second half the Spartans kept the game close, trailing 48-38 with just over 11 minutes to play.  But the Bulldogs closed the game on a 28-to-11 run led by 12 points from Ki-Ki Moore, who finished with a game-high 19 points.  Alex Sheedy added 10 of her 16 points for the game in the second half and was joined by Rosie Moult and Madison Parrish who chipped in with 13 points each in double-figure scoring.

"We kept it close early in the second half," head coach Tim La Kose said.  "We outrebounded them (44-to-37) and shot the ball for a better percentage (40.4 percent-to-37.3 percent), but the difference was turnovers.  When you give the ball away 32 times it is tough to beat anybody."

The Spartans complete their WAC road trip on Saturday afternoon when they visit the Nevada Wolf Pack in the Lawlor Events Center.  Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.