Jul 12, 2020

Women’s Basketball: Turnovers cost ‘Dogs in San Jose


Fresno State guard Alex Furr (11) dives for the basketball in the Bulldogs’ win over Colorado State Saturday at the Save Mart Center. (Darlene Wendels/The Collegian)

The streak lasted 350 days, and it took a repeat of history to end it.

The Fresno State women’s basketball team (17-4, 9-1 Mountain West) dropped its first conference game since Feb. 16, 2014, to the San Jose State Spartans. The 56-51 loss is also the Bulldogs’ first overall since Dec. 6, when they lost to George Washington University.

It was also their second-straight loss at San Jose State. In 2014, the ‘Dogs fell 68-66.

Junior guard Shauqunna Collins led the team with 12 points, and senior forward Alex Sheedy added 10 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the year.

Turnovers were a problem in this game, as the ‘Dogs tallied 25 that turned into 18 points for San Jose State.

Fresno State senior guard Alex Furr began the scoring with a 3-pointer, but the Spartans were back in it when senior forward Rebecca Woodberry knocked in a triple of her own. That would set the tone of the match, as the ‘Dogs’ largest lead was only six points, achieved halfway through the frame.

With nearly 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half, San Jose State’s Ta’Rea Cunningan knocked in a 3-pointer to give the Spartans their first lead of the game (16-15). They would continue with a 12-0 run to take a seven-point lead.

The Bulldogs battled back and tied the game at 22 with 1:18 left, but Spartans sophomore guard Aniya Baker knocked in a long-range 3-pointer right as the half ended.

The game was balanced in the second half. Both teams went on 5-0 runs, but the Spartans would continue to be on top at 34-27. Toward the end of the game, the ‘Dogs were able to tie the game, but San Jose State capitalized off Fresno State turnovers and built a lead as the clock wound down.

The ‘Dogs will return home on Wednesday to host the UNLV Rebels (8-12, 5-4 MW).

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