Fresno State found its rhythm Saturday morning and shook off a three-game skid with a 69-55 victory over Northeastern at the Saint Mary’s Hilton Concord Thanksgiving Classic in Moraga.
Bego Faz Davalos got in a groove, scoring a career-high 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for her fifth career double-double and third of the season for the Bulldogs (2-4).
It’s nice to end a stretch of pretty tough games with a win like this.
Fresno State coach Jaime White
The redshirt sophomore from Monterrey, Mexico, turned it up a notch in the third quarter, scoring 10 points as the Bulldogs’ lead inflated to 18 en route to their first victory of the season over an NCAA Division I opponent.
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It was a definite confidence boost for Davalos, a day after she missed potential game-tying and game-winning layups in the Bulldogs’ 83-81 overtime loss to the host Gaels.
“I think Bego felt bad about the game (against Saint Mary’s),” coach Jaime White said. “We talked to her about slowing down and being able to turn and score. She did a great job in transition and on the turn.”
38 number of points Fresno State scored in the paint (55 percent).
Said Davalos: “My teammates gave me great passes. It was definitely a mindset of wanting to go hard. We just wanted to win. It feels great.”
Moriah Faulk banked in a three just before the first-quarter buzzer to cap an 11-0 Bulldogs run for a 13-point advantage. Faulk finished with 13 points, scoring in double figures for the fourth time this season. She’s the team’s top option off the bench, averaging 10.6 points and 19.6 minutes per game.
The Huskies (3-2) pulled within eight with 1:55 to go in the second quarter, but Brittany Aikens sank a three, and Shauqunna Collins followed with consecutive layups before halftime to push the Bulldogs’ lead back into double figures for good.
Fresno State (2-4) has five nonconference games remaining before it begins Mountain West Conference play Dec. 30 against UNLV.
Samantha DeFreese had 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead Northeastern.
“It’s nice to end a stretch of pretty tough games with a win like this,” White said. “I thought we answered the bell pretty good.”
Champs – Missouri beat Saint Mary’s 95-78 at McKeon Pavilion following the Bulldogs’ game. The Tigers (7-0) beat the Huskies 69-56 on Friday .
Wednesday: 7 p.m., Cal State Bakersfield vs. Fresno State at Save Mart Center
Records: Fresno State 2-4, Roadrunners 1-3
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