Fresno State wouldn’t stop at 6-0, nor even 20-2. At a very early point Saturday afternoon, San Diego State’s women’s basketball team had to know this was not going to be its day.
The Bulldogs blew out to those big leads and then some in the opening 8 minutes, cruising home from there for a 56-44 victory at Viejas Arena.
Fresno State (10-3 overall) is off to a 2-0 start in the Mountain West Conference race under first-year coach Jaime White.
Shauqunna Collins’ layup off an Alex Sheedy assist got the Bulldogs going just 4 seconds into the game and Sheedy and Toni Smith added layups of their own in the next 2 minutes in a sign of the dominating balance that was to come.
Seven of Fresno State’s players had at least one assist and eight scored in the game, though only Sheedy (19 points) and Smith (10) reached double digits.
The Bulldogs weren’t on fire by any means — shooting 42% from the field, including 2 of 13 on their 3-point attempts, and going 10 for 16 from the free throw line — but defensively smothered an Aztecs team that entered 10th out of 11 schools in the conference in scoring offense at 58.2 points per game.
San Diego State (4-9, 1-1) shot at a 27% clip (16 of 59) and didn’t even manage as much as a 4-0 run until finally cutting the deficit to 20-6 midway through the first half. Down 29-6, the Aztecs did get as close as 12 a couple of times before settling for a 34-20 halftime deficit.
Fresno State got rolling again after the break, with Sheedy hitting consecutive shots, the second one a 3-pointer, to push the lead back to 19.
The Aztecs were within 11, at 49-38, with 5:35 remaining only to see Sheedy answer again. She hit two free throws and a layup to get it to 53-38 with 2:46 to play.