Fresno State women’s basketball now loses its sixth game in a row


Fresno State’s Amaya West shoots over UNLV defender in the second quarter. She led the ‘Dogs in scoring with 11 points on Jan. 5, 2023, at the Save Mart Center. (Manuel Hernandez/The Collegian)

By Manuel Hernandez, Editor-in-Chief

The Fresno State’s women basketball team continues to struggle in the Mountain West Conference play after losing its sixth game in a row in a 75-56 loss to San Diego State.

Unlike their last matchup at the Save Mart Center, where both teams battled and the ‘Dogs came up short to a close defeat, the rematch at San Diego was a 19-point blowout.

It has not looked good for the ‘Dogs in between those matchups as well, with Fresno State losing to Nevada, Boise State, Utah State and Airforce.

Boise State’s victory on Jan. 19 and Nevada’s victory on Jan. 21 helped boost them over Fresno State in the MW standings. It also gave Utah State its only win in conference play; both teams are tied for the bottom of MW standings with San Jose State.

UNLV 10-0 20-2
San Diego State 8-2 18-5
Wyoming 7-3 14-7
Colorado State 6-4 13-8
Air Force 6-4 11-11
New Mexico 5-4 13-9
Nevada 5-5 8-13
Boise State 4-5 9-13
Utah State 1-9 4-17
Fresno State 1-9 8-15
San José State 1-9u 3-18

The ‘Dogs are now 1-9 in the MW and 8-15 overall. They are averaging 39% from the field and 28% from beyond the arc this season, scoring 57 points per game. Although it gets seven steals per game, Fresno State also averages 15 turnovers.

Fresno State Head Coach Jaime White told The Collegian during the ‘Dogs first loss to San Diego State that its offensive rebounds and good defense was what killed the teams momentum.

“We got to be more consistent. We got to start the game ready to go. We cannot give up the offensive rebounds, and we really have to find a way to score. And that is our kids just playing with a little more execution and urgency to get open and move the ball,” White said.

Thursday’s game showed similar problems White mentioned. The ‘Dogs allowed nine offensive rebounds, 16 turnovers and eight steals.

Fresno State has time to recover from these devastating losses in its first bye week of conference play. The ‘Dogs have a chance to turn things around in a rematch against Air Force on Feb. 2 at the Save Mart Center.