The Fresno State women’s basketball team still has to work out the kinks, especially after Sunday’s 68-50 loss at USC.
“It’s still really those small things: blocking out, transition layups, free throws.” coach Jaime White said after Wednesday’s practice. “We did a good job defensively, we just didn’t capitalize when we needed to. We definitely could’ve had that game, we just need to bring those little things together.”
The Bulldogs were outrebounded by the Trojans 40-21 and hit 11 of 18 free throws for a 61.1% clip — which actually boosted Fresno State’s season percentage from the charity stripe in three games to 52.5% (31 of 59).
The team spent a good portion of this week working on free throws and blocking out, preparing for two road games over the next three days. The Bulldogs (2-1) play at San Diego at 6 p.m. Friday followed by game at noon Sunday at Cal State Bakersfield.
The Toreros (4-0), picked to finish third in the West Coast Conference preseason poll, are off to one of the best starts in school history behind twins Maya and Malina Hood and 6-foot-3 senior forward Sophia Ederaine.
Ederaine notched double-doubles in both the Toreros’ victories week to earn WCC Player of the Week honors and is averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game.
Maya Hood, the conference’s player of the week for the week of Nov. 17, is averaging 18.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Malina Hood is a proven threat from the perimeter, shooting 44% (8 of 18) from 3-point range and averaging 14.0 points per game.
“It’ll be a good but tough test,” White said of the San Diego game. “We’re fine-tuning and it’s all coming together. Just as a coach, you want it now or yesterday.”
Senior forward Alex Sheedy and freshman center Bego Faz Davalos have fueled the Bulldogs offense through the post, with each averaging double-figure scoring at 16.0 and 10.7 points, respectively.
“We’ve been working on boxing out and free throws a lot the past few days,” said senior guard Robin Draper, who’s chipping in 5.7 points per game. “We’re ready and we feel we can match up against (USD).”