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Offensive struggles continue in Fresno State women’s road defeat

Fresno State coach Jaime White and her Bulldogs will look to get their first road win of the season when they visit Texas State at 2 p.m. PST Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in San Marcos.
Fresno State coach Jaime White and her Bulldogs will look to get their first road win of the season when they visit Texas State at 2 p.m. PST Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in San Marcos. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Fresno State’s offensively challenged start to the 2017-18 women’s basketball season found no end in the team’s first road test.

The Bulldogs hit just 19 of 65 shots (29.2 percent), including 5 of 20 3-point attempts, and fell to Texas-Arlington 67-54 on Friday afternoon. A two-game trip to Texas concludes with a 2 p.m. tipoff versus Texas State in San Marcos.

Fresno State (1-3) entered the game shooting at a .362 clip for the season and averaging a Mountain West second-worst 62 points per game – even while pumped up by the 81 the Bulldogs scored in an opening victory over Eastern Washington.

Aly Gamez, a freshman reserve from Irving, Texas, led three Bulldogs in double figures with a season-high 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting, including 2 of 2 on 3-pointers. Gamez also had four rebounds and four steals in 19 minutes.

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Fresno State freshman Aly Gamez was a three-star recruit out of McArthur High in Irving, Texas. FRESNO STATE ATHLETICS

Maddi Utti, another freshman off the bench, also was 3 of 6 in scoring 10, but Candice White 5 of 18 in getting her 10. The starters were a combined 11 for 44.

Rebekah VanDijk, a 6-foot-5 senior center, scored 19 on 7-of-9 shooting for Texas-Arlington. Jennifer Parker, a 6-2 freshman, grabbed nine rebounds to fuel the Mavericks’ 42-31 advantage on the boards.

It was all but over after one quarter. The Mavericks (5-0) used an 11-0 run to erase a 10-7 deficit and led 22-12 after the first 10 minutes.

Texas-Arlington hit 14 of 26 shots in taking a 41-25 halftime lead. The Bulldogs got within 11 to end the third, then got a brief look at the game when White’s layup made it 52-45 with 7:02 to play.

VanDijk scored in the paint to trigger a 6-0 run that pushed the lead back to 13 with 4:45 to go and the Bulldogs never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Up next

FRESNO STATE AT TEXAS STATE

  • Saturday: 2 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos
  • Records: Bulldogs 1-3, Bobcats 3-1
  • Of note: Texas State will be playing its home opener. The Bobcats, picked fifth in the Sun Belt Conference, have hit at least 10 3-pointers in three of their four games – including 12 of 23 on Tuesday in beating Texas Southern 70-56.
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