Men’s and women’s basketball weekend recap

Fresno State guards Hanna Cavinder (left) and Haley Cavinder (right) during a home match celebrated at the Save Mart Center. (Armando Carreno/The Collegian)

Women’s Basketball

The Fresno State women’s basketball team participated this past weekend in the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Thanksgiving Classic tournament in Los Angeles, California, where they faced Yale and Georgetown. 

For its first game against Yale, Fresno State lost by 20 points, 87-67, handing Fresno State its third loss of the season. Forward Maddi Utti had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Also, guard Hanna Cavinder was the team’s leading scorer with 20 points.

The second game in the classic for the ‘Dogs had them going against Georgetown, who the Bulldogs defeated with a final score of 82-69. This gave the Bulldogs their fifth win of the 2019-2020 season. 

Key players for the Bulldogs in the win were guard Haley Cavinder, scoring 24 points for the ‘Dogs and Utti, who had 19 points and nine rebounds in the game. Guard Aly Gamez also had a great game, scoring 12 points in the game just like Hanna Cavinder, who added six assists to her 12 points.

For the Bulldogs, Haley Cavinder was named to the LMU Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament team.

After the tournament, the Bulldogs traveled Tuesday afternoon to Las Vegas, Nevada, to open Mountain West (MW) conference play against the UNLV Rebels. 

The Bulldogs won the opener, defeating the Rebels 72-66, getting their first win of the conference and their sixth win of the season. For the Bulldogs, Utti had 20 points and Hanna Cavinder had 17 points and nine assists. 

The Bulldogs showed their skill in making the most of possessions while avoiding turnovers, boasting a 20-6 assist-to-turnover ratio through the first half of the game according to a Fresno State Athletics news release.

Fresno State surpassed its season high in assists for the second game in a row, with the Cavinder twins amassing 17 of those assists Tuesday night.

The Cavinder twins continue their successful transition to the collegiate level, as Tuesday marks Hanna Cavinder’s ninth consecutive game in double figures and Haley Cavinder tripling her season high in steals with six.

Fresno State is 6-3 overall and 1-0 in conference. They will be back home this Saturday at the Save Mart Center, facing the Utah State Aggies. 

Men’s Basketball

The Fresno State men’s basketball team had a tough weekend, facing the Cal State Northridge Matadors at Northridge on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs lost a tough match by one point 73-72 to the previously winless team.

For the Bulldogs, forward Nate Grimes had a total of 20 points in the game along with 11 rebounds. Also, forward Orlando Robinson got 16 points and seven rebounds. 

This loss leaves the Bulldogs with an overall record of 2-4, handing them their second consecutive loss. The Bulldogs now get ready to come home Wednesday night and face UNLV at the Save Mart Center to open MW conference play.

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