It took a half, but the Fresno State women's basketball team finally found its groove at both ends of the floor Wednesday.
The Bulldogs came out of the Save Mart Center locker room and went straight for the basket, outscoring Air Force 38-18 in the second half en route to a 76-49 Mountain West Conference win.
In the first half, the Falcons kept up with the Bulldogs using a speedy transition offense led by Camille Johnson -- who scored all 11 of her points in the first 20 minutes.
Air Force also pulled two offensive rebounds off missed free throws -- and by Fresno State coach Raegan Pebley's count, that was two too many.
After some halftime adjustments, the Bulldogs locked down the Falcons, controlling the tempo while outrebounding Air Force 39-28. Jacinta Vandenberg grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to go with her 12 points.
Senior guard Bree Farley, recovering from a bout of flu that slowed her in a loss last week at Wyoming, said she felt 100% and the team as a whole tried to step up on defense.
"We're always working on our defense, but we put an extra focus in practice this week."
It showed, as Farley's five steals and Robin Draper's four helped lead to 27 Air Force turnovers for the game.
Alex Furr had the hot-hand offensively, with a game-high 14 for Fresno State (13-8, 6-3), hitting 5 of 6 shots from the field including all four of her 3-point shots.
"They just fell tonight," Furr said. "Some nights you shoot and you miss, some nights you make them all. I was just happy it went my way tonight."
Furr, a redshirt junior sidelined nearly two full seasons after twice tearing an ACL, has seen a larger role on offense while starting guard Alex Sheedy rehabs from her own leg injury that has temporarily sidelined her this season.
Sheedy's absence (she missed her fourth straight game and will sit out Saturday at San Jose) forced Pebley to use her reserves, as 13 players saw action for the Bulldogs.
"With Sheedy out, we've had to play a little deeper bench and go small-ball a little bit," Pebley said.
Freshman Jessy Saint-Felix saw 13 minutes on the floor and scored a career-high 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Taylor Thompson had 11 points and freshman Courtney Gaze scored her first points as a Bulldog, draining two short jumpers in the final 2 minutes.
"It was a great way for us to respond after a loss at Wyoming," Pebley said. "I'm proud of the collective effort that it took to get this win."
Kelly Lujan and Thompson scored 11 points each for Air Force (1-19, 0-10).
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