Fresno State women's basketball coach Raegan Pebley said she had two goals in mind heading into Sunday's unofficial opener of the 2013-14 season.
"We wanted to, No. 1, win, (and) No. 2, have some fun," Pebley said.
Consider it mission accomplished on both ends, just as the Bulldogs dominated on both ends of the court in an 81-42 exhibition victory over NCAA Division II school Notre Dame de Namur at the Save Mart Center.
"It's great when you can do both of those, but also be able to get a lot of experience on the floor," Pebley said.
Fresno State dug deep into its bench. None of the Bulldogs played more than 22 minutes, 13 in all got on the court and 12 scored.
The Bulldogs hit just 39.4% of their shots but forced 25 turnovers while limiting the Argos — 5-21 a year ago — to 32.7% shooting.
Taylor Thompson, one of three returning starters and an All-Mountain West Conference preseason selection, filled the key stat columns as usual. The 5-foot-5 senior from Cache, Okla., scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting and had seven steals, five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.
Jacinta Vandenberg, a 6-6 sophomore moving into the starting lineup, was 5 of 6 and scored 13 points. She shared team-high honors with senior Bree Farley, a returning starter. Vandenberg also had a game-high seven rebounds.
Among those coming off the bench was Moriah Faulk, a transfer from UCLA who sat out last year. She had seven points and three assists.
Notre Dame de Namur senior guard Gabriella Rodriguez scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. She had five rebounds and five assists, but also six turnovers.
It was the Bulldogs' lone exhibition ahead of Friday's opener, a 7 p.m. game against UC Merced at the Save Mart Center.
Bulldogs score soccer honors
Morgan Castain was named Offensive Player of the Year, defender Ariana Holmes the Freshman of the Year and Brian Zwaschka Coach of the Year as Fresno State nearly swept the All-Mountain West Conference soccer awards.
San Diego State's Haley Palmer was the Defensive Player of the Year in voting by the league's 11 head coaches.
Katie DeVault, a junior goalkeeper, was the other first-team selection for the Bulldogs (10-7-2, 7-2-1) — seeded second and awaiting a Thursday semifinal at the conference tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.
Men's hoops lunch Thursday
The Fresno State Time Out Club will host a luncheon with coach Rodney Terry and members of the Bulldogs' men's basketball team at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Lunch, tax and tip is $10. To reserve a spot, contact Barbara Troisi at (559) 285-0327 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Fresno State has its second exhibition today at the Save Mart Center against Dominican, and opens Friday at UC Irvine.
Bulldogs' tennis duo takes title
Fresno State's Rana Sherif Ahmed and Sophie Watts beat Alejandra Lozano and Almudena Sanz of Idaho 8-5 in the doubles championship of the Bulldog Classic at the Wathen Center.
Tanya Murtagh and Anne Susdorf won their match in doubles Flight B, and the Bulldogs took 5 of 6 in singles — with freshman Clair Yang (Flight F championship), Susdorf, Sophie Watts, Sherif Ahmed and Anneka Watts winning matches.
Fresno Pacific's Petra Jurova also was a winner in singles.
The Bulldogs' men's team saw its run at the Pacific Invitational end in a pair of semifinal losses, with Adriaan DuToit and John Darmstaedter falling in doubles and Sam MacNeil in singles.
COS sees Sierra rally for win
NorCal No. 6 Sequoias built an 11-point lead through three quarters, helped by an Arthur Wainwright sack and fumble recovery that set up one score, but saw visiting Sierra rally for 24 in the fourth quarter of its 41-28 Valley Conference football victory Saturday.
The No. 12 Wolverines are 5-3 and 2-1. The Giants are 6-2 and 1-2.