LAS VEGAS — Fresno State forced Boise State into 29 turnovers in its 72-55 quarterfinal victory on Thursday, a record at the Mountain West Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.
It is not the most the Bulldogs have forced in a game – Texas-Arlington had 30 in a 70-45 loss to Fresno State in December and Air Force had 30 in a 60-47 loss to the Bulldogs in January.
“I think our team was prepared for this game,” said guard Ki-Ki Moore, the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year. “We came in with a chip on our shoulder knowing what we had to do and I believe we got it done.’’
Tough to argue with the ‘’got it done’’ part, but coach Raegan Pebley wasn’t so sure about that chip.
‘’We didn’t talk about (making) a statement,’’ she said. ‘’We just talked about winning, survive and advance. Our focus was really about how do we get past Boise State first, not trying to send a message to anybody else.’’
Boise State is the fourth team in the past seven games to fail to get to 60 points against the Bulldogs – Fresno State held Wyoming to 47, Colorado State to 42, Air Force to 55 and the Broncos to 55.
The Bulldogs won all four of those games.
The Broncos did not score their first field goal until the 11:33 mark in the first half. The basket, a short jump shot by Brandi Henton, cut the Bulldogs lead to 15-4.