Fresno State Basketball

Bulldogs women stumble at Utah State, slip back in Mountain West pack

Candice White, right, in action in Fresno State’s Mountain West Conference-opening home win over Utah State last month, led the Bulldogs with 16 points Saturday in the rematch. Utah State beat the visiting Bulldogs 60-52.
Candice White, right, in action in Fresno State’s Mountain West Conference-opening home win over Utah State last month, led the Bulldogs with 16 points Saturday in the rematch. Utah State beat the visiting Bulldogs 60-52. ezamora@fresnobee.com

Fresno State missed a golden chance Saturday afternoon to advance in the Mountain West Conference women’s basketball race.

Coming off an emotional win at UNLV, the Bulldogs started ice-cold at Utah State and could never make up the ground in a 60-52 loss in Logan.

On a day when all of the Mountain West leaders played bottom-half teams, only Fresno State lost. And the Bulldogs appeared to have one of the easier roads, playing a Utah State team that was next-to-last in the MW and coming off a loss to Air Force that was the Falcons’ first win of the season.

But Utah State jumped to a 19-2 first-quarter lead against Fresno State, weathered a Bulldogs’ second-quarter rally and kept Fresno State at bay in the second half.

Candice White led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Aly Gamez, who had a career-high 25 in the UNLV win, was limited to four points by Utah State.

Fresno State (10-10, 5-4 MW) trails Wyoming (7-1), UNLV (6-2), Boise State (7-3) and Colorado State (6-4) in the conference standings.

The Bulldogs come home to play Air Force on Monday night at the Save Mart Center. The 7 p.m. game is a makeup for the date that was canceled Jan. 20 because of the federal shutdown. The busy week at home continues with games Wednesday night against Nevada and Saturday afternoon against Wyoming.

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