With one her top players sidelined by injury, Fresno State coach Raegan Pebley asked everyone else to pick up their game Saturday afternoon.
She got that and more.
Fresno State raced to a 10-point lead in less than 7 minutes, led by as many as 33 and never was threatened in beating UNLV 70-52 in a Mountain West Conference women's basketball game at the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs took an aggressive team approach to getting rebounds to make up for the absence of Alex Sheedy's six boards per game and moved the ball crisply to open shooters to replace her 16-point scoring average in league play.
"Whenever you lose your leading scorer, there's reason to be cautious," Pebley said. "What we talked about is that it's not one person that's going to replace (Sheedy's) stat lines. But what we can do is everybody bring a little bit more, and that's how you can recoup those stats."
Bree Farley slid from small to power forward, with Pebley pairing a four-guard alignment with 6-foot-6 center Jacinta Vandenberg at the start. Farley responded by leading all scorers with 16 points and had seven rebounds.
Robin Draper added 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting beyond the 3-point arc. Taylor Thompson finished with 12 points and seven assists before the starting unit took a seat for most of the second half.
Pebley used 12 players -- everyone who was healthy or not redshirting. And while it got sloppy at times, there never was any question which team was in control even if it was UNLV (8-11, 5-2) that entered as the first-place team.
Fresno State (12-7, 6-2) snapped UNLV's five-game winning streak and swept the season series, winning 79-63 on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas.
The Bulldogs, coming off a 63-60 loss at Nevada in their first game without Sheedy, have lost consecutive games just once this season.
"I'm just proud of how we played because coming off a really bad loss against Nevada, we really didn't play our best game," Farley said. "It brings us confidence to know that if we work hard and play to our game plan and execute, we can play against the best teams."
Fresno State's concerted efforts allowed the Bulldogs to own a 47-34 margin on the boards, with nine players finishing with at least three rebounds.
They also limited UNLV to two offensive rebounds in the first half, which allowed Fresno State to push the ball upcourt and find open shooters. In addition, the Bulldogs' full-court pressure created a pace that seemed to bother UNLV.
UNLV shot just 33.3%, including 28% in the first half, and finished with 17 turnovers. Fresno State scored 24 points off the giveaways and had 10 points on fastbreak opportunities.
Draper put the Bulldogs up 17-7 with 13:18 left in the first half when she swished a 3-pointer from the right corner. The lead ballooned to as many as 25 points before Fresno State took a 41-18 lead into the break.
The Bulldogs began the first 3 minutes of the second half on an 11-2 run to go ahead 52-20, fueled by three straight 3's by Draper, Alex Furr and Farley.
About 3 1-2 minutes later, Thompson nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Fresno State its largest lead at 57-24.
"With Alex gone, I feel like it's given other people opportunity to expand their scoring," Draper said. "But I don't feel like just one person can fill that spot. But I'm thankful for the opportunity that I could provide those points today."
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