Fresno State’s frontcourt was no match for NCAA D-II Fresno Pacific as the Bulldogs women’s basketball team grounded its crosstown rivals in a 78-33 nonconference victory Tuesday night at Save Mart Center.
Six-foot senior Toni Smith collected six rebounds and scored eight points in the first quarter as the Bulldogs (1-1) bolted to a 25-7 lead in their regular-season home opener.
“I was very excited (to play in Save Mart Center), but honestly I was ready to bounce back from the (86-68) loss at UC Riverside,” said Smith, who got her first double-double of the season, finishing the night with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
19 Game-high points for Toni Smith in Fresno State’s victory against Fresno Pacific
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“We had an advantage today, so it was our goal to just keep pounding it inside,” Smith added.
Center Bego Faz Davalos also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks and three steals.
Senior Brittany Aikens added 10 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
“I feel like we were able to run some of our stuff tonight,” second-year coach Jaime White said, though she saw lapses where her team can improve.
“I know what the score says, but I would like to defend better in our man-to-man (defense) and just keeping people in front of us,” she added.
It was Fresno State’s second regular-season meeting against Fresno Pacific, though the Sunbirds (0-2) counted the game as an exhibition on their schedule.
“We came out and competed really hard,” said Lindsey Wilson, Fresno Pacific’s third-year coach. “We came and did the things we had been working on, the things we talked about, that we had to just show up and play for pride for Fresno Pacific.”
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The last time the two schools played in-season was Nov. 27, 1995, when the Bulldogs won 76-52.
Fresno Pacific plays next at UC Merced at 7 p.m. Saturday before hosting Cal State Monterey Bay in the Sunbirds’ home opener at 5 p.m. Nov. 24.
Up next for the Bulldogs is Pac-12’s Washington, which comes to the Save Mart Center at 7 p.m. Friday.
WASHINGTON (PAC-12) AT FRESNO STATE
- Friday: 7 p.m. at Save Mart Center
- Records: Bulldogs 1-1, Huskies 1-0
- Promotions: Four single-game tickets for $12. A $28 premium ticket package that for games vs. Washington and George Washington (includes hot dog and soda) and a ticket for the Fresno State football game vs. Colorado State on Nov. 28.
NO. 22 GEORGE WASHINGTON (ATLANTIC-10) AT FRESNO STATE
- Monday, Nov. 23: 7 p.m. at Save Mart Center
- Records: Bulldogs 1-1, Colonials 2-0
- Last meeting: Fresno State lost 73-64 at George Washington on Dec. 6, 2014