Fresno State got the reset it needed Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs beat San Diego State 59-50 at Save Mart Center, ending their three-game losing streak to remain in the hunt for a top-five finish that would earn a bye into the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference women’s postseason tournament.
Sophomore point guard Candice White scored a game-high 17 points and junior center Bego Faz Davalos added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
It was a back-to-normal feeling for Faz Davalos, who hadn’t put up double-double numbers in the previous four games. She now has 17 this season, eight in conference play
“We needed a good fresh start,” Faz Davalos said. “We know the tournament is coming. We know we need to work together, and we know that the only way to do it is 40 minutes.”
7 points needed by junior center Bego Faz Davalos to join Fresno State’s 1,000-point club. She will become the 23rd in team history to accomplish the feat.
Fresno State (15-12, 8-8) trailed early in the first quarter but reversed the deficit with a 14-0 run behind White, who scored 11 of her points in the opening period. The Bulldogs jumped to a 43-27 lead midway through the third.
San Diego State tried to come back as junior guard McKynzie Fort scored nine straight to cut the deficit to four with 3:10 remaining.
The rally ended there, as the Aztecs (9-17, 4-11) were held to two points the rest of the way. Fresno State came up with key rebounds and hit their free throws to preserve the victory.
I feel like we’re on a fresh start, new beginning, but we’ve got to tighten it up a little bit to beat Boise State.
Fresno State women’s basketball coach Jaime White
Fresno State freshman Katelin Noyer finished with four points and six rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench. Fort led the Aztecs with 12 points and seven rebounds.
“I think this was a good game to get those other games off our back a little bit,” coach Jaime White said. “We could feel it dwindling a little (at the end), and I thought our kids stepped up, knocked down some free throws and took care of the ball. We played smart down the stretch. I’m proud of them for that.”
When you realize you’re not going hard in the game as you are in practice, that’s when you know there is a problem and I think today, we realized we needed to go harder at the start of the game and all the way to the finish.
Sophomore point guard Candice White, on the Bulldogs ending their three-game losing streak with a 59-50 win over San Diego State on Wednesday
The Bulldogs have nearly a week to rest, get back to the basics and sharpen their focus ahead of Tuesday’s game against fourth-place Boise State. It is the last regular-season home game for Fresno State, which will hold its senior banquet Monday night.
“I’m excited about … our kids being able to catch up on school and the things they need to do. Especially with missing a week of school at the (March 6-10) tournament, we need to take care of that stuff first,” White said. “I think we need a day off. We need to get refocused and really decide how hard we want it and how hard we are going to work for it.”
FRESNO STATE VS. BOISE STATE
- Tuesday: 7 p.m. at Save Mart Center
- Records: Bulldogs 15-12, 8-8 Mountain West; Broncos 19-7, 9-6 (beat Nevada 77-74 on Wednesday)
- Series/last meeting: Fresno State leads 24-11. Broncos won 67-66 on Jan. 14 in Boise, Idaho.
- Webcast/radio: Mountain West Network (themw.com)/KFPT (AM 790)