Fresno State's downfall came in the form of a sluggish start. The Bulldogs hit only two of their first 15 shots and trailed 14-3 eight minutes into the contest. Fresno State's first bucket didn't come until six minutes had already elapsed. Meanwhile, San Jose State, owners of one of the WAC's most explosive offenses, made six three-pointers in the first half and shot 44 percent on its way to a 41-25 lead at the break.
The poor beginning was eerily similar to the Bulldogs' visit to The Event Center last year, when FS made just two of its first 17 shots on the way to a 73-59 SJSU victory.
Unfortunately, Fresno State could never muster enough offense in the second half to make a serious run at the Spartans. The Bulldogs were able to cut the lead to 43-28 just one minute in, but in the blink of an eye, San Jose State had ran it back up to 20. Before the contest ended, the Spartans led by as many as 29 and were never challenged the rest of the way.
The win marks the second year in a row San Jose State was able to defeat the Bulldogs in The Event Center. Coming in, Fresno State had dominated SJSU in recent years, winning 27 of the previous 30 meetings between the two rivals. However, the Spartans have now won two of the last three.
Fresno State was led by Veronica Mack, who had 12 points and was the only Bulldog in double figures. Lindsay Logan, the conference's second leading scorer, was held to just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting. FS hurt itself with 23 turnovers and just 37 percent shooting.
"San Jose State's guards killed us all game," said head coach Britt King. "We weren't able to stop Cricket Williams from penetrating, and that opened up shots on the inside and the outside. We have some things to work on, but we need to keep our heads up with the Hawai`i game coming up."
Williams paced San Jose State all evening. The WAC's leading scorer, the sophomore guard only added to the 18.1 average she possessed coming into the evening. In addition to her 19 points, she also dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds.
San Jose State hosts Nevada this Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. at The Event Center. It is also Kids Night Out where kids eighth grade and under will be admitted free if they wear their basketball jersey. The first 200 fans will receive a Spartan pom pom.