Fresno State

Fresno State: Alex Furr granted sixth year of women’s basketball

Fresno State’s Alex Furr on Monday was granted a sixth year of eligibility, which will allow the guard to compete in the 2015-16 women’s basketball season.

Furr missed nearly all of the 2011-12 and the entire 2012-13 seasons while recovering from two separate knee injuries.

Fresno State requested the NCAA grant a medical waiver, which typically is issued only when reasons outside a student-athlete’s control deprive her of the opportunity to participate in back-to-back seasons.

“I love being a Bulldog and I am very lucky to be allowed one more year to put on my jersey,” Furr said in a news release.

Furr, a native of Athens, Texas, was a key piece in head coach Jaime White’s first season at Fresno State, providing much-needed outside shooting and feisty defense while starting 31 of 33 games.

The 5-foot-5 guard averaged 7.8 points and shot a team-best 34.8% (54 of 155) on 3-pointers.

“My injuries were the biggest blessing in disguise,” Furr said. “They have given me the opportunity to be in the program for six years and the chance to earn my master’s degree.”

Fresno State is expected to return eight players, including two starters, from a team that went 22-10 and finished its season in the second round of the WNIT.

Lacrosse player honored

Fresno State lacrosse player Meganne Weissenfels was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Defensive Player of the Week.

The sophomore recorded 22 saves combined during an 18-6 win at St. Mary’s and a 14-7 loss against Oregon.