One down, one to go with a big showdown looming.
The Fresno State women’s basketball team beat visiting Air Force 64-48 Monday night in the first of three Mountain West Conference games this week at the Save Mart Center.
Coming off a disappointing loss at 10th-place Utah State on Saturday, the Bulldogs needed to put away the Falcons, who are last in the 11-team Mountain West.
Fresno State improved to 11-10 overall, 6-4 in the MW for a fourth-place tie with Colorado State. Next up is Nevada (4-4) on Wednesday night before the Bulldogs entertain first-place Wyoming (7-1) on Saturday afternoon.
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The unusual week was caused by the federal shutdown, which forced Air Force to cancel its scheduled trip to Fresno on Jan. 20.
Fresno State didn’t waste time putting down the Falcons, jumping to a 22-12 lead after the first quarter and then outscoring Air Force 19-6 in the third quarter.
Nine Bulldogs scored led by freshman Aly Gamez with 15 points.
NEVADA AT FRESNO STATE
- Wednesday: 7 p.m. at Save Mart Center
- Webcast/radio: Mountain West Network/KFPT (AM 790)
- Records: Bulldogs 11-10, 6-4 Mountain West; Wolf Pack 11-8, 4-4
- Of note: Nevada won the first meeting 90-73 on Dec. 28 in Reno. The Wolf Pack hasn’t played since Jan. 24, a 65-62 loss to conference-leading Wyoming. Nevada freshman Janelle Sumilong (Hanford High) is averaging 2.5 points per game.