Fresno State’s 13-game winning streak and perfect start in the Mountain West Conference women’s basketball race came to an end Wednesday night.
A 56-51 loss at San Jose State marked the first defeat in nearly two months for the Bulldogs (17-4, 9-1), the last loss coming Dec. 6 at George Washington.
Fresno State came out fumbling from the start, committing 16 turnovers while heading into halftime trailing 25-22. They finished with 25 giveaways on the night.
The Bulldogs clawed back in the second half, but every time they built momentum it was erased by San Jose State sharpshooter Rebecca Woodberry.
Three times the score was tied in the second half, and each time Woodberry put the Spartans back on top from long range.
The senior transfer from Nebraska went 5 of 10 on 3-pointers and 7 of 13 from the field overall while scoring a game-high 19 points.
The Bulldogs took their final lead with just over 8 minutes to go on Toni Smith’s layup that made it 42-40. The Spartans then went on a five-point spurt fueled by Riana Byrd’s layup and a 3-pointer by Woodberry.
A few minutes later, Shauqunna Collins drilled a 3-pointer and Robin Draper made a pair of free throws to bring the Bulldogs back within one at 52-51 with 2:11 to play.
But San Jose State, like it had done all game, didn’t let off the gas.
Byrd and Woodberry each finished at the hoop to put the game out of reach.
The Bulldogs, in desperation mode, missed their next five shots — all from long range.
Fresno State made just 5 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc and went 20 of 61 (32.8%) from the field overall.
Collins had 12 points to lead Fresno State. Alex Sheedy and Toni Smith added 10 apiece.
It’s the second time in recent history that a streaking Bulldogs team had its unbeaten conference run end at San Jose State. In the 2011-12 season, Fresno State’s final one in the Western Athletic Conference, the Spartans halted a 12-game streak and 11-0 WAC start with a 62-61 victory.
The loss also ends a 17-game Mountain West winning streak for the Bulldogs that dated to last season.