Bulldog of the week: Hayley Munro

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Hayley shows determination on and off the court, energized by the speed of the game

Starting in 22 of her 29 appearances this season, junior forward from Australia Hayley Munro is proud to be a Bulldog.

She came to Fresno to be a part of something special, a team that will make a difference, and that is exactly what they have done.

Wednesday night in the Save Mart Center the Bulldogs made history when they defeated San Jose State 83-47, to be the first team since Louisiana Tech in the 2002-03 season to go undefeated in the WAC conference play (17-0).

The 17 games won straight by the Bulldogs is the seventh longest in the nation. Hayley grabbed a team-high 9 boards against the Spartans and sunk four of her six free throws to total 9 points.

As a freshman Munro was named to the 2007-08 WAC All-Freshman Team followed by Second-Team All-WAC honors her sophomore year. Hayley has been a major contributor to the team in help to defend the WAC champion title for two years in a row.

This season Hayley leads the team with her knowledge and capabilities on the court. She is No.1 in free throw attempts and makes this season, with an average of 76 percent from the line.

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Munro averages 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as the women’s basketball team has proven once again they are the best in the Western Athletic Conference.

On Feb. 2, against Hawaii away Munro had a career-high 24 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Junior Munro shows focus in the classroom as well on the court majoring in criminology. She sets her goals high and strives for nothing less then her best.

But Munro said there are no goals on the court but teams goals. They achieve it all together as one unit.

Sitting on the top of the WAC conference, the ‘Dogs will have a bye the first round of the WAC Championship Tournament in Reno, Nevada March 10-13.

Two years WAC conference champions, the Bulldogs have already clinched the regular season title, but look to have a three-peat at the WAC Tournament.

Q & A

How does it feel to win the WAC conference title outright?

It is a great feeling! It has been a great team effort the whole year round. It is not just one individual and that is what I love about this team.

What preparations will the team take before WAC tournament play?

We are going to work hard tomorrow and not rest too much and go play next week. We are going to go and win next week, winning 17 games straight means nothing if we don’t go and win the WAC tournament.

What is the final goal the Bulldogs have?

We have an expectation that we want to win the first game of the NCAA’s if we get there, and to make it to the sweet sixteen would be unbelievable.

What brought you to Fresno State?

I just wanted to come to this program and make it better and I think this group has done that, if we can take it as far as we can then that is the best thing.

What is your favorite part about playing basketball?

My favorite part of the game is speed. I think our team is very quick and we keep the game sped up and interesting for the fans. It is great that all these fans come out and support us.

What is something you like to do in your free time?

Sleep. (Chuckle) I like to listen to my music and relax.

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