Each time the Fresno State women's basketball team has been on a roll this season, it seems something has knocked it off course.
But the Bulldogs tend to recover quickly and have lost consecutive games just once.
That bounceback ability now will be put to its toughest test.
Alex Sheedy, Fresno State's top scorer during Mountain West Conference play, will miss at least the next couple of weeks with a lower-leg injury. The junior said she took an awkward step while at her apartment Sunday.
Sheedy was sidelined for Wednesday's 63-60 loss at Nevada that dropped the Bulldogs to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the conference. She'll sit out again Saturday as Fresno State hosts league co-leader UNLV (8-10, 5-1) at 2 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.
"It's such a freak injury," coach Raegan Pebley said. "You have to sit back and shake your head.
"The good news is there's a strong probability we'll get her back this season. She'll be out at least a couple of weeks. But not a couple of months. Either way, we have to plan for the worst-case because sometimes these things, they can happen text-book and sometimes they're out longer than projected."
Sheedy, an agile 6-foot-1 forward from Australia, had never missed a game. For the season, she's averaging 12.6 points, including a team-best 16 per game during Mountain West play.
"I think I've only missed like four practices here," said Sheedy, now wearing a thick boot on her left foot. "It's pretty disappointing having to sit out. I don't know when I'll be back. Hopefully, soon."
Emilie Volk got the start against Nevada. The 5-foot-11 freshman logged 16 minutes and finished 0 for 3 with one rebound and a steal.
Toni Smith, a 6-foot sophomore, also had her playing time increase to sub in for 6-foot-6 Jacinta Vandenberg during rotations when Sheedy normally would roll over to center.
Smith finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds. Her low-post play, however, would not appear to complement the inside game of Vandenberg.
Pebley said the Bulldogs might go to a four-guard alignment along with Vandenberg to start, with 5-foot-10 senior Bree Farley serving as an undersized power forward.
UNLV lost to Fresno State 79-63 to start Mountain West play earlier this month but has won five straight to gain a share of the lead with Colorado State (13-4, 5-1).
"Everyone is just going to have to step up a bit more," point guard Taylor Thompson said. "We have to bring it every game. And you've got to stay humble when you win. Sometimes you get on that high horse and bad things happen. It's like you feel like you need to be knocked down to realize that any team can beat any team in our conference.
"So we just need to stay focused on the task no matter what else is happening."
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