Bree Farley loves the Pit.
New Mexico, though, surely must be tired of the Fresno State forward playing on the Lobos' home court.
For the second straight season, Farley came up with the winning points in Albuquerque, this time driving through the key and converting a left-handed layup with 2.6 seconds remaining to lift Fresno State to a 75-73 win Saturday.
The Pit annually is considered the Mountain West Conference's most intense women's basketball environment and Saturday's game was played before an announced crowd of 6,268.
Farley's shot sent New Mexico (7-9, 2-3) to its first conference loss at home and kept Fresno State (11-6, 5-1) undefeated on the road in three conference games while also remaining in first place.
A year ago, Farley also provided the go-ahead points on a three-point play with 55 seconds left and Fresno Sate prevailed 51-50.
"Right place at the right time again, I guess," Farley said. "That's a tough place to play, and we're fortunate to get a win here.
"It just so happen the ball was in my hands at the end. The coaches preached for us to attack the basket, maybe get a foul and shoot free throws. I am usually right-handed dominant. The lane was clear for me to drive to the basket with my left and I just finished it with my left. Didn't really think about it. I just knew the defense pressure was coming toward me."
While Farley hit the winner and finished with 16 points, it was reserve guard Alex Furr who kept the Bulldogs in position to get the victory.
Furr scored a career-high and led all scorers with 22 points, sinking 6 of 7 3-pointers. The redshirt junior, who has missed the majority of the past two seasons with a knee injury, scored 14 in the first half and made 5 of 6 from the field, including 3 of 4 3-pointers while her teammates shot just 5 of 24.
"I was just happy that things went my way and I was able to help out my team," Furr said. "I'm just lucky to be even playing again after my injuries. It means so much to have an important role."
Fresno State got back into an offensive rhythm in the second half by intensifying its defensive efforts with a full-court press. The Bulldogs quickly erased a 36-32 halftime deficit and went on a 14-4 run.
Still, New Mexico (7-9, 2-3) managed to tie it at 71-71 with a 12-2 run that was ignited partly because of the Lobos' own full-court pressure. Alex Sheedy, who had 16 points, then posted up to make a layup and give the Bulldogs a 73-71 lead with 44 seconds. New Mexico re-tied it with a jumper from Bryce Owens with 20 seconds left.
Fresno State, after a timeout, got the ball to Farley near the 3-point line with about 5 seconds to go and the senior quickly drove in for the winning points.
Point guard Taylor Thompson provided another all-around game with 10 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Thompson also had three steals to surpass former teammate Rosie Moult and become the school's career steals record holder at 278.
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