Fresno State, down by four points and not shooting particularly well through three quarters, rallied past San Diego State on Wednesday afternoon in a 66-60 women’s basketball victory at Viejas Arena in San Diego.
The Aztecs were clinging to a one-point lead with 4:19 to go after the Bulldogs’ Kristina Cavey knocked down a 3-pointer. But Fresno State, which won its fourth game in a row and sixth in seven games, went ahead on a jumper by freshman Aly Gamez and closed the game on a 9-2 run.
Fresno State (14-10, 9-3 in the MW), which had just 23 points at halftime, hit 9 of its 13 shots including 3 of 5 3-pointers in scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs had an assist on all nine baskets, and on 21 of 26 baskets in the game.
Candice White, the leading scorer in the Mountain West at 17.2 points per game, was just 2 of 11 and 1 of 5 at the 3-point line in scoring eight points for the Bulldogs. But the Aztecs’ McKynzie Fort, second in the conference in scoring at 17.0 points per game, struggled, as well. Fort, who played 40 minutes, hit just 3 of 16 shots in scoring eight points.
The Bulldogs held San Diego State (9-13, 3-8) to 35.4 percent shooting (23 of 65), but the Aztecs stayed in the game with a 43-32 rebounding margin including 15 offensive rebounds.
San Diego State, which got only 12 second-chance points off those 15 offensive rebounds, led through much of the first half, but its largest lead was nine with 3:32 to remaining in the third quarter.
SAN JOSE STATE AT FRESNO STATE
- Wednesday: 7 p.m. at Save Mart Center
- Webcast/radio: Mountain West Network/KFIG (AM ESPN 940)
- Records: Bulldogs 14-10, 9-4 Mountain West; Spartans 6-16 , 3-8
- Of note: The Spartans have lost five games in a row including a 92-62 loss at New Mexico on Saturday. They have lost their past three Mountain West road games, last winning at Air Force 75-74 on Jan. 13. San Jose State has been led by Taylor Turney, who is averaging 13.5 points per game. Myzhanique Ladd is averaging 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Spartans, who are ranked third in the conference in scoring at 69.4 points per game.