The Fresno State women’s basketball team gave its fans an early Christmas present Sunday.
The Bulldogs went on the road and survived a late scare to beat Oregon 68-59, ending the Ducks’ four-game winning streak in front of 1,321 fans at the Matthew Knight Arena.
Fresno State built an early lead from long range, making 7 of 12 from beyond the arc in the first half as seniors Alex Furr, Alex Sheedy and Robin Draper each sank a pair of 3-pointers to put the Bulldogs up by as many as 11.
The defense forced 10 Oregon turnovers in the first half, which Fresno State cashed in for 22 points, including a layup from junior center Toni Smith and a jumper from Sheedy that gave the Bulldogs a 42-27 lead, their largest of the afternoon with 1:44 left in the half.
But the Ducks (6-4) came out of the locker room flying, with 6-foot-3 junior forward Jillian Alleyne leading the way on a 13-4 scoring run to start the second half. Oregon leveled the score twice, including at 55-all with 8:19 to go, before the Ducks fell into a dry spell that saw them miss their next seven shots as Smith and Shauqunna Collins powered the Bulldogs to a six-point lead that never lost traction.
Alleyne, who led the Ducks with a game-high 26 points and 16 rebounds, cut Oregon’s deficit to four before Furr drilled her third 3-pointer of the night. Sheedy followed with back-to-back finishes in the paint to push the lead to 11 and seal Fresno State’s first win over a Pac-12 opponent this season.
Furr made 3 of 6 from the perimeter and finished with 11 points. Sheedy matched her career-high from Friday night’s victory over Bethesda with a team-high 25 points and six rebounds. Moriah Faulk added seven points and two assists in 12 minutes off the bench.