Though the Sonoma State University women’s basketball team ended the first half just four points behind UC Davis, the Seawolves dropped the exhibition game 57-85.
In the first 20 minutes of the game, the Seawolves held their own, leading during more than half of the period. The Aggies got on top first with a pair of free throws less than 20 seconds into the game. But in the first few minutes the Seawolves went on a 9-1 run, taking an early lead at 9-3.
“Our motivation comes from each other,” said freshman Molly Donovan. “When we are loud on the court and bench, our energy level rises and we work harder for the person next to us.”
The two teams battled back and forth, changing leads nine separate times until the last three and a half minutes of the first half. The Seawolves then went down on a 12-3 run by Davis, including three made free throws by Davis with the clock at 0:00 to end the first half.
“A positive part of the game was the amount of energy we had in the first half,” said junior Tanner Adams. “We were only down by a few points going into the second half and the energy sustained through most of the game.”
The Seawolves were the first to put up numbers in the second half with a layup by junior Hannah Sourek, coming two points behind the Aggies. That would be the closest the Seawolves would get to their opponent as Davis began to add on to their lead.
With just under six minutes left, the Seawolves were down 22 points at 48-70. SSU was able to chip away for a few minutes to get within 17 points of the Aggies, but to no prevail. The Aggies got the last 11 points of the contest on six Sonoma State turnovers.
“This game showed us how much little things really do matter,” said Donovan. “Like communicating match ups and thinking about what’s next.”
The Seawolves scored on 38.1 percent of their shots in addition to making 21 of 27 free throws at 77.8 percent. Sourek led with 15 points as junior guard Taylor Acosta had nine points. Donovan added eight points while Leeana Bade and Adams ended the night with six a piece.
“I think the most positive part of the game was the fact that we opened our season with such a competitive opponent in a difficult environment to play,” said Acosta. “All the opponents in our league are going to be tough and so are their home gyms.”
Sonoma State is scheduled to start their season on Saturday against Menlo in the Wolves’ Den at 3 p.m. The Seawolves then have one more exhibition game before playing Holy Names and Dominican, which will bring them right to conference play.