Fresno State Basketball

Bulldogs women fall behind early, can’t match New Mexico on free throws in MW loss

Fresno State women’s basketball coach Jaime White urges her team on in a November game. The Bulldogs, who are battling near the top of the Mountain West early in the conference season, lost 88-75 at New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 13.
Fresno State women’s basketball coach Jaime White urges her team on in a November game. The Bulldogs, who are battling near the top of the Mountain West early in the conference season, lost 88-75 at New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 13. Fresno Bee file

New Mexico outscored Fresno State by 12 points at the free throw line Saturday, a big reason why the Lobos beat the Bulldogs 88-75 in a Mountain West Conference women’s basketball game.

It also didn’t help that the Bulldogs fell behind 24-12 after one quarter, shooting 6 of 20 in the 10-minute period.

Those two stats alone helped doom Fresno State (3-3) to its second conference road loss of the week, and dropped it back below .500 for the season at 8-9.

A week after leading the MW, Fresno State is tied with Colorado State and San Jose State for fifth place. New Mexico rose into a third-place tie with Boise State, both at 4-2. Wyoming (4-1) and UNLV (3-1) are setting the pace – for now – in the topsy-turvy conference.

Candice White led the Bulldogs with 22 points, but the nation’s second-most accurate free throw shooter didn’t go to the line Saturday. White also had a team-high seven rebounds.

White was 2 for 4 on 3-pointers, but the rest of team was 2 of 16.

Maddi Utti added 16 points for Fresno State.

The Bulldogs come home to play San Diego State, an 86-70 loser to Boise State on Saturday. Freshman starter Tess Amundsen (Clovis West) scored 19 for Boise State.

Up next

SAN DIEGO STATE AT FRESNO STATE

  • Wednesday: 7 p.m. at Save Mart Center
  • TV/radio: Mountain West Network/ESPN2 (AM 790)
  • Records: Bulldogs 8-9, 3-3 Mountain West; Aztecs 8-8, 2-3
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