Clovis News: Sports

Andrews sparks women's hoops win

Emma Andrews was back, so was Fresno State's perimeter shooting and there wasn't anything Saint Mary's could do about it Sunday at the Save Mart Center.

The Bulldogs' 5-foot-5 Australian junior guard tied a career high with 16 points and hit three of the team's 13 3-pointers to pace a 94-81 victory over the Gaels in the home opener.

An announced crowd of 2,329 turned out to see Andrews play for the first time since the 2007-08 season and give a hand to many of last season's Bulldogs, who received their Western Athletic Conference championship rings before the game.

Andrews hadn't played for the Bulldogs in 609 days, not that anybody was counting. Fresno State's starting point guard in '07-08 was suspended by the NCAA all of last season and the first three games this season for playing in an Australian professional league when she was in high school.

"It was great fun," Andrews said of her return. "I couldn't have asked for anything better. I was real anxious before the game. It was a big buildup. But once I got on the court, I was OK."

Andrews was one of six Bulldogs in double figures. Hayley Munro had 16 points, Joh-Teena Filipe 13, Jaleesa Ross 12, Rosie Moult 10 and Marnique Arnold 10.

Andrews came off the bench 31/2 minutes into the game. She drained her first two shots and sparked a 14-0 scoring run that gave the Bulldogs a 25-10 lead that grew to 30 points with just under 13 minutes left in the game.

"It was nice to have someone back with her skill and determination," Bulldogs coach Adrian Wiggins said. "It's obvious we're better with her."

Munro said: "Emma is such a motivator for this team."

Fresno State (2-2), which opened the season with three road games, snapped a two-game losing streak.

"I thought we shared the ball and passed it well today," Wiggins said. "We came out with great energy and made some shots."

The Bulldogs shot 50% from the field and from 3-point territory, a game after missing all 16 3s in the second half in a loss to Texas Christian. On defense, the Bulldogs forced 23 Gaels turnovers that resulted in 30 Fresno State points.

"We worked all week on not rushing shots and controlling possessions," Wiggins said.

Fresno State shredded Saint Mary's zone defense early, even with 6-4 Australian center Louella Tomlinson looming in the post. The Bulldogs sank five of their first six 3-pointers to loosen up the zone and never let up.

Tomlinson scored a game-high 25 points with nine rebounds and four blocks. Freshman Morgan Hatten (Clovis West), an All-Bee first-team pick last season, had four points, four rebounds and four assists in 19 minutes off the bench.