After three seasons of taking a pass-first approach, Fresno State forward Bree Farley sometimes forgets her coaches want her to shoot more often this season.
Old habits, after all, can be tough to break.
But as a reminder this week, coach Raegan Pebley installed three more plays centered around the senior forward finishing at the rim.
That aggressiveness paid off Wednesday night as the Australian native scored a career-high 25 points and Fresno State walloped Nevada 73-48 in a Mountain West Conference women's basketball game at the Save Mart Center.
"I'm just trying to embrace doing a little extra for the team, not giving up open shots and trying to work hard to move the ball and find myself open," Farley said. "I've been trying to get to that stage.
"I've been a pass-first player all of my life. Being put in a role where that's not what the team needs me to do, it's hard to do that all the time. I do have to remind myself all the time. I still don't feel comfortable all the time. But I think just having the support and having the team being confident in me helps me a lot."
With Farley serving as Fresno State's primary scorer, the Bulldogs offense looked back in sync perhaps for the first time since forward Alex Sheedy went down with a lower-leg injury six games ago.
Their passes were crisp and shooters got open looks as the Bulldogs (14-9, 8-4 MW) owned a double-digit advantage during the final 22 minutes and led by as many as 25.
The Bulldogs had struggled lately holding onto sizable leads then losing, including last weekend's 68-66 loss at San Jose State. The Bulldogs also lost 63-60 the first time they played the Wolf Pack in Reno.
"Leads with us sometimes aren't very comforting because we've found some ways of letting them go," Pebley said. "We've just talked about that more the last two days than we have prior, really honoring those leads and honoring what got you the lead and continue to do those things, and don't let it go — extend it.
"We're glad we had the early lead. Even more proud that we kept it."
Farley made sure of it, amassing 18 points in the first half and shooting 10 of 21 for the game, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers.
Farley had not performed to her abilities during two of the previous three games. She passed up shots during an 87-76 loss at Wyoming and struggled to finish her attempts in the loss at San Jose State.
Robin Draper also benefited from the Wolf Pack's sluggish defensive rotation and shot 3 of 4 on 3-pointers to score 11 points. For the night, Fresno State shot 47.1% (8-17) on 3-pointers.
"We shared the ball really well," Pebley said. "Everybody has got to do their job. And when everybody does their job, performs to that upper level of their ability, I think we're a very good team.
"When Bree performs like that, I think it takes pressure off other people to feel like they need to step outside of what their normal role is."
Only one player for the Wolf Pack (12-11, 7-5) scored in double figures — Arielle Wideman with 12 points — as Nevada's three-game winning streak came to an end.
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