Fresno State women’s basketball will begin its regular season Friday in a nonconference game against Biola at Save Mart Center. Tipoff is at 5 p.m.
It’ll be the first official test for a young Bulldogs team that returns two starters from last season in junior center Bego Faz Davalos and sophomore forward Breanne Knishka. The Bulldogs finished 22-12 overall and 15-3 in the Mountain West while reaching the Women’s NIT for the second year in a row.
Now in her third year, Bulldogs coach Jaime White will try to equip her young roster to propel back to the top of the conference and into the NCAA Tournament.
Last week, Fresno State scored 26 points in the third quarter to run away with a 75-47exhibition win against Azusa Pacific. Kristina Cavey, a 5-foot-11 freshman, scored a game-high 18 points and added six rebounds in 16 minutes.
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Redshirt sophomore guard Tory Jacobs, who transferred to Fresno State from Minnesota before last season, added 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Jacobs is eligible for Fresno State this season after sitting out a year ago because of NCAA transfer rules.
The Bulldogs will have a key veteran on the floor in Faz Davalos, who led the nation in blocks (136) last season and was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.
Friday’s opener is the first of three home games to start the season for the Bulldogs, who host Utah on Nov. 15 and Cal State Northridge on Nov. 18.
The game is an exhibition for Biola, which is 2-1, with wins over Bethesda and La Sierra. The Eagles played at Antelope Valley on Thursday night.
Bulldogs add three recruits – Former Australian Schools MVP Bree Delaney, a 5-10 guard, was among three signings for next season that were announced by Fresno State.
Delaney is a native of Sydney and played four years at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, where she averaged 20 points, eight assists and three steals in her last season.
Joining her is 5-6 point Aly Gamez of MacArthur High-Irving, Texas – the same high school where Jacobs played – and 5-10 forward Maddi Utti, from Seaside-Oregon.
Gamez led MacArthur to a district title and was a two-time first team all-district selection. Utti is a three-time Oregon 4A All-State selection and has the school record for career points with 1,283 through her junior season.
FRESNO STATE VS. BIOLA
- Friday: 5 p.m. at Save Mart Center (15,596)
- 2015-16: Bulldogs 22-12, 15-3 Mountain West; Eagles 14-17, 7-8 Golden State Athletic Conference
- Radio: KFIG (AM 940)
Bego Faz Davalos
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- 4 vs. Azusa Pacific (exhibition), 75-47
- 11 vs. Biola, 5 p.m.
- 15 vs. Utah, 7 p.m.
- 18 vs. CS-Northridge, 7 p.m.
- 25 vs. Belmont^, tba
- 26 vs. UC Irvine^, tba
- 30 vs. San Francisco, 7 p.m.
- 4 at Washington, 2 p.m.
- 7 vs. CS-Dominguez Hills, 7 p.m.
- 10 at Pacific, 5 p.m.
- 16 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.
- 19 at Weber State, 11 a.m.
- 29 vs. New Mexico*, 7 p.m.
- 31 at Nevada*, 2 p.m.
- 4 at Wyoming*, 5:30 p.m.
- 7 vs. San Jose State*, 2 p.m.
- 11 vs. Air Force*, 7 p.m.
- 14 at Boise State*, 1 p.m.
- 18 at Colorado State*, 6 p.m.
- 21 vs. Nevada*, 2 p.m.
- 28 vs. Utah State*, 2 p.m.
- 1 at Air Force*, 6 p.m.
- 4 at San Diego State*, 2 p.m.
- 8 vs. Wyoming*, 7 p.m.
- 11 vs. Colorado State*, 2 p.m.
- 15 at San Jose State*, 7 p.m.
- 18 at New Mexico*, 1 p.m.
- 22 vs. San Diego State*, 7 p.m.
- 28 vs. Boise State*. 7 p.m.
- 3 at UNLV*, 6 p.m.
- 6-10 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas
^Loyola Marymount Tournament
*Mountain West game