FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Unranked Fresno State showed it could hang with No. 4 Stanford on its home court for a little while on Saturday night.
Stanford ended the Bulldogs' upset bid midway through the first half with a 11-0 run that paced an 86-54 rout in nonconference finales for both teams.
Fresno State took small solace in leading Stanford (11-1) briefly for two possessions early in the game, or trailing 22-18 midway through the first half.
"We opened the game well," Bulldogs coach Raegan Pebley said. "But to beat a team like Stanford, you've got to play every possession. You've got to play well every minute of the game."
Fresno State did that for half of the first half before its offense went cold — even as Stanford struggled with its shots.
Up 22-18, the Cardinal missed seven straight shots and one free throw, but the Bulldogs failed to capitalize.
Stanford then strung together 11 points for a 33-18 lead with 5:54 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs pulled within 43-31 at halftime on Alex Sheedy's 3-pointer. But any chance of a second-half comeback was ended by Stanford's 16-2 run coming out of the break.
"When a team like Stanford does hit a lull, that's when you need to be exposing it and really get your opportunities," Pebley said. "It was tough."
Fresno State guard Taylor Thompson did her part, scoring 12 of her 14 points in the first half with a steady amount of left-side drives to the basket. So did Sheedy, who had a game-high 11 points and 15 points.
But the Bulldogs were no match for Stanford's duo of Amber Orrange and Chiney Ogwumike.