The Fresno State women’s basketball team made history this season with the best record the program has ever seen and it’s first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs had the opportunity to add to the list of accomplishments Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Baylor.
The Bears (24-9), led by 6-foot-8 freshman Brittney Griner, would prove to be too much for the ‘Dogs for the second time.
At the last meeting in 2008, the Bulldogs lost 88-67 to the Bears, who ended up losing in the second round to Pittsburgh, 67-59.
This time around, Baylor will play No. 5 seeded Georgetown on Monday after the 69-55 defeat of the Bulldogs.
Georgetown beat 12th-seeded Marist on Saturday, 62-42.
And although the Bears were ahead of the Bulldogs by just six points at halftime, the ‘Dogs trailed the entire game and made just 10 of 34 3-pointers.
Juniors Emma Andrews and Hayley Munro each scored 13 points for the Bulldogs and Jaleesa Ross had nine points with seven rebounds.
Baylor’s Brittney Griner shoots over Fresno State’s
Joh-Teena Filipe and LaShay Fears during an NCAA
first-round college basketball game Saturday,
March 20, 2010, in Berkeley, Calif.
AP Photo/Ben Margot
Ross, however, missed 10 of 11 3-point attempts and had six turnovers.
“Every year. Every year I want it more and more,” she said. “We just got to start training like it starting [in] a couple weeks.”
Griner scored 18 points for the Bears, 12 of which came in the second half. She had eight rebounds and blocked just two shots.
This is the third straight year the Bulldogs have been to the NCAA Tournament and also the third time they lost in the first round.
“First I would like to give credit to Baylor. They have a class program and a world-class coaching staff. And they have great, great players,” Fresno State head coach Adrian Wiggins said. “With that being said, I am very, very proud of our program here at Fresno State. We tried hard, we fought hard.
“We had a great rebounding effort. We had great fan support. It was awesome to see our crowd out there today. It makes you very proud to be part of this program right now.”
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