Hannah Sourek’s high scoring was not enough to put the Seawolves on top this weekend as they suffered losses to both Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The Seawolves drop to 6-10 overall and 4-8 in conference play.
Sonoma State University faced off against Cal State LA on Friday night. Sonoma State took the lead six minutes into the game on two free throws by junior forward Emilee Osagiede. They would then increase their lead to five on a three-point shot by junior point guard Tanner Adams.
That would be the biggest lead the Seawolves would have in Friday’s game, eventually ending the half trailing by eight.
“Our energy is kept up in a lot of ways,” said Adams. “Whenever somebody makes a good play or a tough shot, there’s instantly adrenaline that runs through you.”
CSU LA continually scored in the second half until three-pointers by Adams and freshman guard Jessica Mitz cut the lead down to five. A lay-up and three free-throws, all by Sourek, brought the Seawolves even with 13 minutes left in the game.
SSU’s biggest lead in the second half was three points. From there, the Golden Eagles took the game and outscored SSU 29-23 in the second half.
At the free throw line, the Seawolves shot 72.2 percent, making 13 of 18 attempts and made seven of the 19 attempted three-point shots. SSU also had 33 rebounds and six steals as a team.
Along with Sourek’s 22 points, Adams ended the game with nine points, all of which came from three-point shots. Freshman JoNae Gonzalez added eight points on three field goals while the bench came through with 23 points.
“Coach Rigby is pretty good at subbing us out when he can see that we are tired,” said Acosta. “Our system keeps players flowing in and out and it works out in our favor because we have such a deep bench with effective players.”
Cal State Dominguez Hills opened Saturday’s “Pink The Den Night” on a 15-0 run just five minutes into the game. CSU DH would eventually increase their lead to 20 at 23-3, three minutes later.
Acosta and freshman Molly Donovan added six a piece in the first half, while freshman Carly Gill and Osagiede each contributed four points.
“The best feeling is when I can pass it to a teammate,” said junior Taylor Acosta, “and not only do they score but they also get the and-one. It’s a three-point swing and good-feeling assist.”
Sourek scored the first non-free-throw points in the second half almost six minutes into the half, cutting the Toros’ lead to 13. The Seawolves would come within 11 on several occasions, but Dominguez Hills held on a 23-18 run to finish off the second half.
Donovan led with 12 points, with Sourek right behind her adding 11. Osagiede, Acosta, and Gill were 100 percent at the free-throw line, leading the Seawolves to an 82.8 percentage. As a team, SSU had three more steals than their opponent with 11.
“We’re looking forward to the second half of season,” said Adams, “and seeing how successful we can be after already having a good idea of what types of teams we are facing.”
SSU will continue conference play on the road for the next two weekends, starting with Humboldt State in Arcata. The game is set to start at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.