LAS VEGAS - Before each Fresno State women's basketball game, the Bulldogs sing the same chant...
'Will you ever quit? No, we want some more, we want some more, we want some more!'
The 'Dogs got more Saturday afternoon after beating Louisiana Tech 89-61in the 2012 WAC Tournament Championship game. The Bulldogs earned the championship title, their fifth-straight NCAA Tournament berth and reached 28 wins, a program first for Fresno State.
"I'm very proud of this team," said head coach Adrian Wiggins. "They gave a very good effort today, offensively and defensively. We deserved to be in this game and to see this result is a rewarding feeling for a basketball coach. I'm excited to see what we have next."
The 28-point victory ended a streak of close games between the two programs. The last seven games between the 'Dogs and Lady Techsters have been decided in overtime or by three or less points.
The championship showdown opened with Fresno State and Louisiana Tech trading 3-pointers. The game stayed close and within one possession for the first nine minutes. Moore gave the 'Dogs their first lead of the game with a steal and an easy layup.
Moore, the 2012 WAC Player of the Year, scored nine of the Bulldogs first 11 points. She finished the afternoon with 19 points, three rebounds and three steals. Moore was named the 2012 WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
"I felt like we needed a quick start," said Moore. "We play our best when we are playing our fast pace. I started out fast and figured my teammates would follow."
The Bulldogs took charge in the first half with a 27-6 run. The run began with three straight 3's and 11 points from second-team All-WAC selection Rosie Moult. The junior ended the night with 23 points and five rebounds.
"The way the game started was in favor," said Moult. "I hit a few shots, Ki-Ki hits a few shots and Madi hit a few shots. Everyone was making their shots. It gave all of us confidence we could hit out shots."
La Tech attempted to shift the momentum their way late in the first half, but Moore came up with a huge steal on a Lady Techster fast break. The sophomore threw the ball down court to Madison Parrish for an easy layup.
At the half, Fresno State led La Tech 52-34. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from beyond the arch in the first half making 10-of-20. Moore led all scorers at the half with 14. Moult and Parrish added 11 points each.
Fresno State drained 15 3-pointers setting a new WAC Tournament record for three's in a game. The previous record was 13 set by Fresno State in 2008 and 2010. Moult hit six treys tying the individual record for three's in game.
After half time, the 'Dogs remained unstoppable making five treys and shooting 40 percent. Louisiana Tech couldn't find an answer to the 'Dogs tough defense and aggressive offense.
"I felt like we were very stingy on defense and very selfless on offense," said Wiggins. "That is always a great quality for a basketball team."
Also scoring in double figures for the Bulldogs was Madison Parrish with 13 and Veronica Wilson with 10. Sophomore Taylor Thompson led the team with six rebounds, while Moore and Parrish each snagged a team-high three steals.
The 89-61 win over the Lady Techsters is the largest margin of victory for the 'Dogs.
"It's just exciting to be a part of something like this with this team," said Moore. "We set goals at the beginning of the season to be there and it's a good thing we can accomplished it."
Fresno State learns who they face in the 2012 NCAA Tournament on Monday, March 12 at 4 p.m. PT
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics
The Fresno City men's squad will play for the state title, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. against Yuba. The Rams beat Citrus College, 71–69, in the semifinals. The Owls game tying shot at the buzzer was waved off by the refs.
Bullard High boys basketball team is the only Central Section team still alive in the state tournament, advancing to the regional semifinals after beating Taft, 70-63. They play Long Beach Poly on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.