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Fresno State students Noah Contreras (left), Allison Bacani (back), Maddie Caesar (middle) and Kayleigh O’Connor (right) from the Smittcamp Family Honors College hand out Kids Day editions of the Fresno Bee to raise money for Valley Children’s Hospital on the corner of Cedar and Shaw Avenues on March 5, 2019.
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November in 2010. His second deployment came the very next year, from September of 2011 to March of 2012, but this time he was deployed to Musa Qala, Afghanistan. During his last deployment, Cody suffered an injury that caused him to be medically discharged from service once his unit came back from deployment. Cody served in the military for six years and once out, he didn’t really know what he would do next. All he knew is that he wanted to go back to school and remain close to his daughter. He decided to enroll in Fresno State, mainly because his daughter was going to live in the Central Valley with her mom. However, since he had been set on joining the military, his grades during high school were not the best.
Education Program. The program, which is part of the Continuing and Global Education division, helps veteran students who want to enter a four-year university, but might not have the grades to be admitted. Cody explained that he was part of the program for two semesters and had to pass all the classes each semester to be officially admitted into the university. “The Veterans Education Program is quite remarkable. It allows veterans a different pathway to get to a higher education,” Cody said. Once he was admitted into the university, he participated in different community events and decided to be more active in the community and on campus. “There are so many people here [at Fresno
He became vice president of the student veterans organization and later started working with ASI, becoming a senator. As a member of ASI, he was able to be part of the ASI personnel committee and the programs for children committee, among others. Cody will be graduating this spring with a degree in communications and has plans to pursue a law degree with an emphasis in family law. He has already been accepted into several law schools, but he is still waiting to hear from several more schools. “I applied to multiple schools to keep my options open, but I don’t really have any intention to leave [the Central Valley],” Cody said. Recently, Cody became the recipient of a mortgage-free home thanks to Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization based in Texas. Operation Homefront gives veterans and their families opportunities to own homes and build strong and stable families. While transitioning out of the military, Cody had an opportunity to sign up for the program, and he did, thinking it might be a long shot. Cody said that a few months back he had received a call from the Operation Homefront organization asking him a few questions and wanting a few references. That’s when he started thinking it might actually happen. Once he was told that he was chosen to receive the house, Cody said it didn’t feel real. He said that now that he’s actually moving from his current apartment, everything is hitting him and now it feels real. Cody still has much he wants to do, but his priority will always be his daughter, who is 4-years-old. “I want to be a good father and role model to
So, Cody decided to take advantage of a service provided to veterans called the Veterans
State] that care about veterans, and it really makes my time here a lot easier,” Cody said.
my daughter [and] I want to raise a productive member of society,” Cody said.
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The American dream usually consists of being a homeowner, but for some, that’s easier said than done. However, sometimes hard work and determination, along with one’s service to his or her community, play a hand in helping achieve dreams. That is the case for Fresno State student, veteran and Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Sen. Jordan Cody, who received a mortgage-free home from a nonprofit organization. Growing up in a military family, Cody knew that after high school he wanted to be part of the family tradition. Unlike his father, Cody didn’t join the Army but decided that he wanted to “go hard,” and so he joined the Marines. Born and raised in North Carolina, Cody is the second oldest of four children, and he is the only male of his siblings. Cody knew that once he was in the Marines, there was only one job for him, infantryman. He wanted to be where the action was, and in his mind there was no doubt that in the infantry he would see action. During his service in the Marines, Cody was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. There, he was deployed as part of a Navy mission to the Pacific Ocean. While returning to the U.S., there was a volunteer opportunity for members of his unit to be deployed to Afghanistan. Cody was chosen from among 300 volunteers to be part of a detachment and was deployed right away to Afghanistan in order to help with Operation Enduring Freedom. During his first deployment, Cody was stationed in Marjah, Afghanistan, from April to
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Jordan Cody (middle) stands with representatives of the organizations Operation Homefront and Chase Bank in his new home.
Vote for new ASI senator position By Seth Casey Editor in Chief
Fresno State’s Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) passed a referendum approving a new senator at large position, which students will now have the opportunity to vote for on the 2019-2020 ballot. The referendum passed with a 10-5 vote by the ASI senators. One senator who advocated the new position, which will represent sustainability on campus, was Senator for Resident
Affairs Elizabeth Rocha Zuñiga. “We’re the only CSU to not have representation when it comes to sustainability within student government,” Rocha Zuñiga said. “I do think that it’s important to have representation on things that affect us every day of our lives and that will affect us in the future.”
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The Fresno Bee’s 32nd annual Kids Day started off early Tuesday morning, when more than 8,000 volunteers sold Kids Day special issues of Fresno Bee newspapers to fundraise for Valley Children’s Hospital. Employees from FresYes Realty endured the rain to volunteer their time to sell newspapers. On the corner of Palm and Herndon, volunteers raised more than $400. Today was their fifth time volunteering. “We try to get involved in the community and when sponsorship people from Valley Children Hospital contacted us, it was a no-brainer,” said FresYes employee Luis Parrales. Kids Day is renowned for raising millions of dollars to help fund the hospital’s commitment to offer uncompensated care for families unable to pay. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims was out selling papers and noted that of all the years she has been volunteering, Tuesday had by far the largest volunteer turnout. She said she felt
especially uplifted that so many young people were volunteering. “We need to make sure that we develop younger people to come in and fill the void when others are gone,” Mims said. Since 1952, Valley Children’s Hospital has become the second largest children’s hospital in the state, according to the hospital’s website. Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau noted that Valley Children’s Larry Valenzuela • The Collegian Hospital draws patients not Fresno State student Isabella Medina hands out just from Fresno, but many cit- Kids Day papers with her sociology club at the corner of Barton and Shaw Avenues on Tuesday, ies around the Valley. “I think it is a great way for March 5, 2019. the community to be aware State student Averi Peterson said that the team always of the outstanding need that we have has been volunteering for years as Valley Chilat Valley Children’s hospital,” Brandau said. dren’s Hospital continues to invite them back. “Across the community today, everybody is go“This means a lot because of how much ing to be made aware that we have this wondermoney they make for Valley Children’s out ful hospital and that we’re raising money for it. here,” Peterson said. “It’s really awesome that The Fresno State women’s rugby team voldifferent clubs and communities are out here unteered despite the rainy forecast. Fresno making money for them.”
Fresno State ag students prepare for veggie sale By Andrea Contreras Reporter
Katie Bennett feels a thrill inside when one of her plants start to sprout. “I did it,” says Bennett, as she sees her work flourishing. Bennett is one of five Fresno State students who seeded plants, planted and transplanted vegetables and plants at the beginning of the spring semester and are now getting everything ready for the Gibson Farm Market’s 2019 Spring Veggie Sale on March 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. To make new plants, students breed specimens of various plant species in the ornamental horticulture unit. Bennett, a student assistant for Agricultural Operations (Ag Ops), takes the plants to the head house to seed them and then places them in different greenhouses to grow. “They are born and raised by Fresno State students,” Bennett said.
Students share the responsibility of making sure that all plants grow properly, no animals interfere with the crops and weeds are removed. During the summer, Bennett works from 7 a.m. until noon, taking produce to the markets and harvesting flowers. Fresno State students have grown 34 varieties of tomatoes, 15 varieties of peppers, 10 varieties of squash, seven different types of beans, four types of cucumbers, 12 types of herbs, two types of okra and six types of eggplants that will be sold at this year’s Veggie Sale. There will be “high-quality plants that will perform very well in your garden with very little expertise” for those who are new to gardening, said Jeremy Lewis, the current manager at the Gibson Farm Market. Customers can also enjoy new variations of wine from Thomas Montgomery, a Fresno State alum and new winemaker. The bottling process starts in March and will end in June. Students can receive a 10 percent discount on wine purchases.
This year’s Fresno State University Commencement will take place in the afternoon instead of the morning for the first time since 2004. Students and guests are invited to the Save Mart Center on Saturday, May 18 at 1:30 p.m. for the celebration. “I think graduation ceremonies take place too early,” said psychology student Iris Zavala, who will receive her degree in May. “So I am very happy the commencement will be in the afternoon.” The ceremony honors every student who graduates in the academic year. Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro officially confers each graduate with his or her undergraduate, master’s or doctoral degrees. The event will shift time slots this year since all eight colleges will have their designated ceremonies on either May 17 or May 18. To read the rest of this story, visit fresnostate.edu/collegian
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Circus comedy at Rogue Fest By Paige Gibbs Reporter
Meet the circus comedy duo that combines the physical antics of Charlie Chaplin, the wild imaginative world of Willy Wonka and a raw creative energy all of their own to perform a show for audiences of all ages. Known as Figmentally, Drea Lusion and Eric Parthum are back again for their third year at the Fresno Rogue Festival. Introducing an all new 45-minute show titled “Miss Fitts,” Lusion embodies the title character, a seamstress whose days are filled with her endless imaginings of inanimate objects coming to life, blending surrealism with reality. Parthum plays the unsuspecting Sir Tinnly, a kindly patron simply looking for new clothes from Miss Fitts. Together they’ve blended acrobatic dance and artistic juggling, with a touch of puppetry and a big scoop of exaggerated hilarity for quite the unique viewing experience. “We write all of our stuff for adults,” Lusion said. “Miss Fitts” is more for adults, in that it is more nuanced and weirder than their previous shows, Parthum said. But kids get a kick out of it just the same, making it a family friendly fringe show. “Miss Fitts” took only two weeks to create ,or three years depending how to you look at it, Lusion said. Before Figmentally, Lusion had been doing solo work in the circus industry. “In the circus world, everything is very ‘plug-n-play,’” Lusion said. “You just kind of show up and do your thing. But we had more imagination for wanting to control a whole world. I really wanted to paint a whole picture for an audience and bring them into our world rather than just be inserted. I was tired of being in other people’s shows.” Admittedly, she doesn’t take direction very well and wanted to write her own shows, Lusion said. Lusion and Parthum joked that when they met, they actually did body isolation head movements at one another before they even spoke. It didn’t take long before Lusion offered Parthum the chance to collaborate. “I had lots of dreams of objects moving and coming to life and I never saw that show,” Lusion said. “I basically said, ‘Eric, do you want to write a show with me or do I have to find somebody else?’ He said, ‘Fine.’ And this is our third show.”
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Iranian music performance on campus By Marilyn Castaneda A&E Editor
If you aren’t already making an appearance at this year’s opera, “Madama Butterfly,” go enjoy an Iranian Classical Music performance in the Alice Peters Auditorium, this Friday at 5:30 p.m. Fresno State’s Middle East studies lecture, performance and film series, as well as the Global Music Series present “An Evening of Iranian Classical Music” with musicians Behrouz Sadeghian playing a percussion stringed instrument called a Santur, and Faramarz Amiri playing the zarb -- also known as a tanbak, a goblet drum from Persia -- and daf (a large Middle Eastern frame drum). The event is sponsored by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, Parsa Foundation, Middle Eastern Studies Program and more. The performance will be held in the Peters Building, Room 191. Admission and parking are free. SHOWTIME:
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After being in the studio for two weeks, they put “Miss Fitts” together quickly because of how well they worked together after three years. They also made it using notes from the previous show and scenes that had been imagined but didn’t make the cut, Lusion said. “The style, the kind of world and the surreal blend of skill sets is something that is more common in European circus theater,” Parthum said. “It’s less common here. For us, that’s why our show is genre defying.” The genre-defying nature of their show has won Figmentally “Best of Fringe” awards two years in a row at the Nugget Fringe in Grass Valley, California, and three “Sold Out” awards at Nugget Fringe and Fresno Rogue. Lusion and Parthum do everything themselves. They direct each other. Parthum is a graphic designer and handles all the flyers and posters. Lusion makes all their costumes. Together they write and produce the shows. This show was the first time they commissioned some props to be made for them, Lusion said. Last year, Lusion hand-made a chair cos-
tume that hid Parthum inside. He brought the chair to life, reminiscent of the furniture in “Beauty and the Beast.” The chair as a character was sassy and silly, refusing to let Lusion simply sit and read. The bit was a showstopper and had audience members howling. With the chair in tow, the duo had the unique opportunity to perform in an international festival in China. The Chinese Acrobats Association gave Figmentally the chance to travel across the world and perform their comedy routine on a giant stage. The duo has dreams of making Figmentally their full-time job. The level of professionalism and deliberate execution they operate at has them well on their way, they say. Figmentally only has two more shows at the Rogue. Catch “Miss Fitts” Wednesday March 6 at 6 p.m. and Saturday March 9 at 9:30 p.m. at the California Arts Academy in Tower District. Tickets are $14 at the door or online at fresnoroguefestival.com. Entrance to the festival requires a one-time $3 Rogue wristband, which can be purchased at any Rogue venue.
Free tickets for upcoming Marvel film By Jacob Mulick Reporter
Any Fresno State students interested in seeing Marvel’s latest blockbuster “Captain Marvel” on the big screen opening night are in luck -- USU Productions is giving away free tickets for the event on Friday, March 8, at Maya Cinemas Fresno 16. To get tickets, students must show their Fresno State ID at the information center in the Bulldog Zone of the University Student Union. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m at Maya Cinemas at Campus Pointe. Tickets are limited and are first come, first serve, so any students interested should claim their tickets while they last, organizers said.
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Wrong conference name for right message By Collegian Editorial Board Over the past few weeks, Fresno State’s Student Involvement has sent out emails inviting all students to attend an inclusive conference on Saturday, March 2 in the North Gym, Room 118. Though the invite was sent to both men and women, the title, “MENtoring: Exploring College Success through HIStory,” seemed to lean more toward a male-oriented audience. Reminiscent of the recent feminist movements that use HERstory as a way to spotlight and uplift women, Student Involvement similarly used such wording to draw men’s attention, especially men of color, as the email stated, with the emphasized words, MENtoring and HIStory, to maximize student attendance. The implications of using HIStory suggest uncertainty about the inclusion of all students. Additionally, the majority of the agenda and breakout sessions seemed to focus on offering opportunities and a community exclusively for men. One student on Fresno State’s Book Trade & Advice Facebook group posted an online flyer for the conference, which prompted several students to question why the emails were sent to women, joking about how they wouldn’t feel welcome or enjoy attending it. However, despite the misleading conference name given for a male-based audience, a wide array of powerful and important messages were offered for not only men and men of color, but for all genders and ethnicities on campus. Terrell L. Strayhorn Ph.D, an acclaimed
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education expert and professor, and Shamiel Gary, former NFL Player, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, were the headliners at the conference. Some important topics that they focused on during their presentations revolved around addressing bullying, suicide, crying and toxic masculinity through their own life experiences. Using these messages to discuss men’s mental health and various stigmas perpetuated by society provided a platform for students to discuss their concerns with a welcoming com-
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The conference also addressed the stigma that men cannot allow themselves to be vulnerable, emphasizing that this notion is what contributes to a false idea of masculinity, informing college students that being aware of these social issues is what will help dispel gender norms and push back negative stereotypes. By including an invitation to both men and women to this conference, the organizers provided an honest and interactive discourse, which is the first step in bridging the gap between conventional gender-based social circles. Discussing the privileges that come with manhood and acknowledging that certain opportunities may be available exclusively to men helps illustrate where these gender differences come from and the necessity for men to be accountable to and for one another. Using this conference as a collabTribune News Service orative opportunity, Fresno State’s effort to bring together individuals of munity that is unafraid to explore the false convarious ethnicity, gender and social class will ceptions of what it means to be a man. hopefully communicate the message that even During Gary’s presentation, he emphasized if we are all different people from different to the audience that it’s OK to admit if stubackgrounds in life, we can all come together dents need help, and he encouraged those in as one when we hear and see each other for who attendance to seek out mentorship during their each person is. college careers. As young students who may be in search for someone to help with guidance on COMMENT: their journey through life in college, Gary reinto comment on this story forced the message that there is nothing wrong visit our website with an individual feeling like they can’t solve collegian.csufresno.edu or do things all on their own.
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From Canada to Augusta By Jorge Rodriguez Reporter
For Fresno State’s Brigitte Thibault, playing golf was never her dream, she even hated it at one point in her life. But now her life revolves around it, and she has even been invited to play at one of the most prestigious courses in golf history. Born in Montreal, the sophomore Bulldog golfer has two older sisters, but she is the only one currently playing at the collegiate level. Thibault was always an athlete. She played several sports in her youth, like soccer and skiing, but what she really enjoyed was being a cheerleader. However, her constant injuries made it so that she was no longer having fun cheerleading, and so she decided to stop cheering and try out a new sport. When her parents first introduced her to the sport, she didn’t really enjoy it, and even hated it for some time. However, once she was no longer cheerleading she focused all of her abilities into the sport, she found it very exciting. She began competing at age 15, and coaches and other players started to notice her talents, which in turn led her to focus more on the sport and improve. “I feel like my athletic background and abilities help me to grow fast in the sport of golf,”
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Mattson showed off at the Mountain West Thibault said. Championships, breaking her own school record Since she started late in the by scoring 4,082 points, fifth-best in conference sport, it was difficult for her to get history, in the pentathlon to capture the second recruited. However, she knew one MW pentathlon gold medal of her career. thing for sure: She wanted to go to The senior was able to tie her personal best in school in California. high jump (1.70m) and set a new personal best in Thibault said she didn’t know the shot put with a distance of (12.81). what Fresno State was, but she still The victory in the pentathlon earned Mattson visited, and when she arrived she a spot on the 2018-19 MW Indoor Track and Field realized she had great chemistry All-Conference team, along with teammates Varwith her coach and teammates. This vara Klyuchnikova and Maja Pogorevc. made her feel comfortable during With her win on Feb. 21, she became the first her visit, with a gut feeling that this Fresno State athlete, male or female, to hold three was the place for her. conference championships in combined events “I really like the chemistry of all with two wins in pentathlon and one in heptathlon. the athletes here,” Thibault said. “I Mattson was invited to compete in the NCAA Courtesy Fresno State Athletics don’t know if it’s because the school is Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on a little smaller or what, but I feel like Bridgette Thibaul FS golfer was invitMarch 8, where she will be up against 16 athletes ed to inaugural Augusta National that’s one thing I enjoy here.” competing in the pentathlon. Women’s Tournament. Thibault is pursuing a business major and is thinking of focusing on sports Her participation in the tourmanagement but hasn’t made a final decision nament means that she will miss on her future. the Fresno State Classic tournament with her how hard they worked, and how they build their Currently, Thibault is the No. 1 amateur feteam, but she said that this is an opportunity own company, but also how they take time for male golfer in Canada and has been invited to she can’t miss. their family,” Thibault said. participate in the first-ever Augusta National Thibault enjoys spending her spare time She added that one of her role models in the Women’s Amateur tournament. with her friends and when she gets a chance she sport of golf is Tiger Woods. She said she ad“To be the first Canadian female to be ingoes up to Canada and visits her family, even if mires how he prepares mentally for each game. vited there and be the first one in the books is it’s just for a weekend. One of her main inspi“I like being a student of the game and grow pretty insane, so I’m just going to take it all in,” rations are her parents, she said. more and more every day, because my goal is Thibault said. “I’ve always looked up to my parents for to be the best version of myself,” Thibault said.
Fresno State takes final game of UNLV series By Michael Ford Managing Editor
Fresno State baseball bounced back after a tough 7-3 loss to University of Nevada Las Vegas in the second game of a doubleheader by beating the Rebels 6-4 on Sunday. The ‘Dogs salvaged the final game of the team’s Mountain West season-opening series. The Bulldogs’ bats got to work in the second inning. Catcher Carter Bins and third baseman McCarthy Tatum put the pressure on UNLV pitcher right away, as the duo led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Just two batters into the inning, the ‘Dogs had struck first. Junior designated hitter Zach Presno followed with a single into the left-center field gap, allowing Tatum to touch home plate. With a 2-0 lead to work with, ‘Dogs senior pitcher Davis Moore struggled to maintain the
lead his offense had just provided. The Rebels answered in the top of the third, when shortstop Bryson Stott blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence, which was followed with a base hit by senior infielder Dillon Johnson and an RBI double by freshman second baseman Edarian Williams, giving the Rebels a 3-2 advantage. Bins put his team back on the board the following inning with a solo home run, his first of the season, to tie the game. The star catcher was far from finished in this one, though. Bins knocked in another run in the home half of the 5th, which Tatum followed with his second and third RBIs of the contest on yet another double. ‘Dogs head coach Kevin Batesole said he was impressed with how Bins has contributed both offensively and defensively this season. “That is what you love to see out of your
catcher and when he is supposed to do it, it is pretty fun to watch,” Batesole said to Fresno State Athletics. The rally increased the ‘Dogs’ lead to 6-3, which was more than enough for Moore.
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Rugby demolishes Spartans By Jorge Rodriguez Reporter
The Fresno State men’s rugby team continued their undefeated streak Saturday by beating the San Jose State University Spartans 64-10 in their last home game of the regular season. The Bulldogs now move to 5-0 on the season and are at the top of the PacWest conference. The game took place at the Wawona Middle School field instead of the kinesiology field at Fresno State due to rain. The Bulldogs were looking to stay at the top the PacWest Conference and get their program-record fifth win in a row. Courtesy Fresno State Athletics
Head coach Patrick Quan said that his team is undefeated and playing good rugby, and that they know how to win. The game got started with Fresno State in full control, scoring the first try of the game. However, the game started to get more difficult to play during the first half because of the rain, which caused the field to become muddy. Even with the less than ideal field conditions, Fresno State continued to control the game, scoring two more times before the end of the first half. The Spartans were no rival for the Bulldogs, who only allowed one try in the first half. The Bulldogs continued their dominance in the second half, limiting the Spartans to only 10 points.
“We were more disciplined than we have been in the past, but we missed some good opportunities today,” Quan said. “We took good care of the ball today, and these kids worked hard, and we made some positive strides.”
64-10 Fresno State rugby sits atop PacWest at 5-0
Bulldogs feel heartbreak on senior night By Anthony De Leon Sports Editor
As the Fresno State women’s basketball team hoped to send its seniors off with a win against San Diego State University on Monday, all it was able to find was heartbreak, as its fourth quarter comeback fell short in a 59-58 loss. The Bulldogs (18-10, 11-6 Mountain West) have been erratic in their last four outings. They have mostly played from behind going into the fourth quarter in which they have either come from behind to win or fallen short. Monday was one of those nights that the Bulldogs fell short.
The ‘Dogs were once again led by the play of senior Candice White, who scored 12 points on five of 15 shooting and sophomore Aly Gamez, who added 18 points to go along with her 3 steals. The Aztecs’ (11-17, 6-11 MW) defense did an outstanding job of keeping the MW-leading scorer White and the Bulldogs’ offense as a whole non-existent, holding it to 12 points in the first quarter and eight points in second. The second half was much of the same for the ‘Dogs, as the Aztecs came out of the gates strong. At one point, San Diego State built its lead to as high as 12 with the Bulldogs’ offense continuing to stay stagnant. However, the Bulldogs fought their way back to bring the deficit to five with Gamez
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scoring five quick points by knocking down a jump shot and a 3-pointer. The Aztecs added another two points, bringing the lead back to seven at the end of the third quarter. As the quarter was winding down the Bulldogs were able to trim the lead to just three with 2:06 remaining in the game thanks to a jumper from Maddi Utti, with the Aztecs up 55-52. Critical action came in the final minute and a half for the ‘Dogs, as a number of sequences played out in the ‘Dogs’ favor, along with a few that ultimately led the ‘Dogs to defeat. As White drove to the basket, she was called for traveling, marking a crucial turnover for the ‘Dogs, and leading to an Aztec layup, bringing the lead up to five with 1:13 left in the game. On the next possession, sophomore Bree Delaney was able to get to the free-throw line, but missed both attempts. Despite the misses, White was able to corral the rebound twice and find an open Gamez for another 3-pointer, bringing the lead to two with 37.8 seconds to go. A chance at a comeback seemed lost as an ill-advised foul was called on the Bulldogs with seven seconds on the shot clock and fewer than 15 seconds to go, allowing the Aztecs to once again make it a four-point game. In the following possession, White was able to sink a prayer of a shot from behind the arc to cut the lead to one with 5.8 seconds on the
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Candice White attempts a layup against SDSU during senior night on Monday, March 4, 2019.
clock. And with a foul on the inbound, the Aztecs went to the line once more. Luckily for the ‘Dogs, the Aztecs’ Mallory Adams missed her two free throws, giving the Bulldogs a chance at the buzzer as the ball was inbounded to Utti for a buzzer-beating shot. But it rattled in and out of the basket, giving the Bulldogs their tenth loss of the season. The loss for the ‘Dogs gives them an 11-4 record at home, as they prepare to play their final game of the season on Thursday against San Jose State (5-23, 4-13 MW).