After playing three close games against some of the top teams in the conference, Fresno St (6-2 in the MWC, 13-6 overall), in the Pit this afternoon at 2 PM. Fresno enters in third place, one game behind UNM and Boise. Unlike some of the Lobo’s recent opponents who want to play at a slower pace, Fresno want to speed it up, as UNM does. Both are scoring over 70 per game in conference.
Fresno is led by three starters who average over 30 min per game and dominate the Bulldog stat sheet. Senior guard Candice White (#10), a clear all-conference player, leads them with 19.3 ppg, and over 20 in the last five. She shoots from close in and far out, making her shots at a 47% rate, is 2nd in rebounds, 3rd in steals, and 4th in assists. Sophomore Maddi Utti (#11) was a surprise as a freshman and has grown from there. She is second in scoring (11.5, shooting better than 55%, mostly close in) and leads the team in rebounds with almost 7 per game, 3rd in steals and 4th in assists. The third member of their trio is another soph, Aly Gamez (#22) who leads in assists and steal while scoring at a 10.6 rate.
The Australian connection that was prevalent with Utah State is alive and well on the Fresno roster, with two players from down under, and a third from New Zeeland as well.
For the Lobos, freshmen Jayla Everett and Ahlise Hurst are leading the team in minutes. Jayla also leads in scoring in conference and is coming off a MWC player of the week honor.fffffffffffff