Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story reported Fresno State’s Bego Faz Davalos had 15 rebounds and seven blocks. Fresno State reported on Wednesday that upon review Davalos had 17 rebounds and 10 blocks.
“The Mo and Bego Show” took over Save Mart Center on Tuesday night as both Bego Faz Davalos and Moriah Faulk had career performances to lead the Fresno State women’s basketball team to a 72-49 win over Stanislaus State.
Faulk fueled the Bulldogs (4-5) in the first half, scoring 15 of her career-high 24 points in just 11 minutes off the bench for a five-point Bulldogs advantage at the break. The senior also had nine rebounds and five assists.
The Warriors (6-3) stormed back in the third quarter, tying the score at 40-40 after a Taylor Faucett jumper and a layup from Alysa Valentine.
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We talked a lot about leadership this week so I tried to come off the bench and set the tone for the team and just kind of get everyone fired up and to play hard so we can get a good, convincing win.
Fresno State senior forward Moriah Faulk
Cue Davalos. The 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore put the Bulldogs back up with three consecutive layups as they dismantled the Warriors’ zone defense from the outside-in. She went on to score all 15 of her team’s points in the period as Fresno State climbed back in front by six.
The Bulldogs ran away from there as the Warriors made 3 of 17 shots from the field in the fourth quarter as their win streak ended at five games.
“I think we turned it around and had a strong fourth quarter, and that’s when you absolutely need it,” Fresno State coach Jaime White said. “I thought we did a good job going in when we needed to.”
Davalos finished with a career-high 24 points and collected 17 rebounds and 10 blocks – the first triple double in the program’s history.
March 3, 2014 The last time two Bulldogs had 20-plus points in the same game. Bree Farley (26) and Taylor Thompson (23) accomplished the feat in the Mountain West Conference tournament championship game against Colorado State. Fresno State won that game 77-68.
“Well, definitely it was not just me – it was my teammates,” Davalos said. “They gave me great passes; Mo gave me great assists. ... Coach said we needed to finish and that’s what we worked on.”
Just a few minutes into the action, Davalos already had blocked three shots.
7number of blocked shots Bego Faz Davalos had against the Warriors, increasing her season total to 35 for second most in the country behind only Chattanooga’s Jasmine Joyner (37).
A few minutes later, she reopened an old cut on her left forearm. Referees stopped play and Davalos switched out of her bloodied No. 4 uniform and finished the night wearing a spare No. 33 jersey.
The Bulldogs were without senior starting point guard Shauqunna Collins, who was on the bench but not dressed, serving a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules.
Senior Brittany Aikens got her first career start in place of Collins, and junior Emilie Volk started for senior forward Toni Smith.
We really feel like we’ve got to have some of our younger kids playing and getting some minutes as we go into conference.
Bulldogs coach Jaime White
FRESNO STATE VS. SAN DIEGO
- Saturday: 2 p.m. at Save Mart Center
- Records: Bulldogs 4-5, Toreros 7-1 (play at Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday)
- Last meeting: Bulldogs won 93-88 on Nov. 28, 2014
- Webcast/radio: Mountain West Network (themwc.com)/KFPT (790 AM)
- Doubleheader: The Fresno State men’s team will host Pacific at 4 p.m.