Aus­tralian con­nec­tion helps Bull­dogs beat Colorado State

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - Fresno Bee Staff

The Aus­tralian Con­nec­tion helped power the Fresno State women’s bas­ket­ball team to a vic­tory Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon when the Bull­dogs’ Big Three were a lit­tle off.

Bree De­laney scored 12 points and Genna Ogier had three big bas­kets and an of­fen­sive re­bound down the stretch as Fresno State beat Colorado State 57-54 at the Save Mart Cen­ter.

The Big Three of Candice White (11 points), Maddi Utti (five) and Aly Gamez (13) was held to 13 points below their col­lec­tive av­er­age in a scrappy game with a few big runs. Colorado State (7-11, 1-6) outscored the Bull­dogs 14-7 in the third quar­ter to force a 40-40 tie.

It was still tied at 46 af­ter De­laney’s 3-pointer, and again at 48. That’s when Ogier took over, scor­ing three of Fresno State’s next four bas­kets to help build a 56-50 lead with 1:26 left. The Rams got back within three points but couldn’t get a good look at a po­ten­tial game-ty­ing shot in the clos­ing sec­onds.

The Bull­dogs (13-5, 6-1) were 21 of 50 shoot­ing for the game.

“We are go­ing to have to play bet­ter,” coach Jaime White said, not­ing that Fresno State has only played Boise State and Utah State among the con­fer­ence lead­ers. Fifth-place Wy­oming beat Boise State (15-3, 6-1) 64-52 Sat­ur­day while MW-lead­ing New Mex­ico (17-2, 7-1) beat fourth-place Utah State 68-64.

Next up for Fresno State is a home game against Wy­oming on Wed­nes­day and a trip to New Mex­ico on Sat­ur­day.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]­

Fresno State’s Maddi Utti, cen­ter, reaches for the re­bound in first-quar­ter ac­tion against Colorado State on Sat­ur­day in Fresno.

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