No. 2 Fresno State (21-8, 13-3 MWC) vs. No. 7 Boise State (11-18, 4-12 MWC)
Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas
Radio: ESPN2 790 AM
In Bulldogs coach Raegan Pebley’s first year, Fresno State is sitting among the top of the Mountain West Conference’s top teams in the tournament. The Bulldogs, top-seeded San Diego State and No. 3 Wyoming are the only schools that concluded the regular with winning records.
Fresno State faces a Broncos team it easily handled in the regular season. In the teams’ first meeting at the Save Mart Center, Fresno State forced 18 steals en route to a 70-57 win.
Four Bulldogs scored in double figures (Rosie Moult finished with 21 points and Ki-Ki Moore scored 22) against the Broncos at Taco Bell Arena.
But the Bulldogs’ road to the conference title will presumably get tougher in the semifinals – where they are likely to play third-seeded Wyoming (it faces Colorado State in the quarterfinals). Fresno State split its regular-season series with the Cowgirls.
Fresno State — which won its final four games, a streak that included its second win over the Broncos — enters the Mountain West tournament with momentum.
The Bulldogs finished the season possibly grabbing one of its most decisive conference win with its 90-64 victory over UNLV in their regular-season finale.
Bulldogs cash in conference honors
Four Bulldogs earned conference honors on Monday. Moore, who earned first-team All-Mountain West honors, also was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Rosie Moult was a second-team all-conference selection, and junior Taylor Thompson and sophomore Alex Sheedy each earned All-Mountain West third-team honors.