Women’s basketball team finishes even in tournament

After a slow start, the Sonoma State University women’s basketball team had a close weekend overall and are now ready for season. 

The senior captains are determined to have a good season this year and have been working hard throughout the fall to better themselves as a team. 

With a very close score on Friday’s game, Sonoma State lost to Holy Names 52-50. With a two-point lead and less than 10 seconds to go, the Seawolves saw the Hawks make a layup followed by a free throw with two seconds left in the game, in hopes to take the win. 

The game was tied several times in the first half of the game but Sonoma State built a six-point lead going into the half. The Seawolves led by as many as nine in the first half and eight in the second.

With nine seconds left in the second half, Garysha Youngblood of Holy Names was fouled while banking in a layup, tying the game. 

She missed the free throw; the rebound was then gathered by the Hawks, who put back the missed shot with two seconds left, to give Holy Names their first lead of the game. Sonoma State had one last opportunity to win a desperate three-point shot that was attempted and unsuccessful. 

Although on Friday they walked away with a loss, a group of Sonoma State players came out strong for the Seawolves. 

Junior Jerrica Crosby had 14 points and seven rebounds. Freshmen Kayla Coloyan and Serena Santos also contributed to the effort, with Coloyan recording eight points and Santos finishing with five points. 

Senior Taylor Acosta went for nine points and a pair of steals before fouling out of the game in the second half.

“After Friday night’s loss, we knew we had to bounce back quickly, come out stronger, and more prepared,” said senior Tanner Adams. 

In Saturday’s rebound game against Notre Dame De Namur, Sonoma State took home the win with a score of 65-53 at the Coslet Classic in Chico. 

“We brought more energy and intensity going into the second game,” said Adams. “We knew that if we wanted to have a season better than last year, it had to start now.” 

Senior captain Adams was named to the Coslet Classic All-Tournament Team, scoring 16 points (6-13), 12 of which were from 3-point range. 

She also had four assists and two steals in the win.  Sophomores Madison Burroughs and Carly Gill had 12 points each, while freshman Kim Savio added 11 points. 

“For the weekend, we started out a little shaky but we ended strong, which shows the resilience this group has,” said Adams. “I’m impressed with this team and its’ ability to move on and learn so quickly, especially for such a young group.” 

With hard work being put in during the off-season, the women’s basketball team is excited and ready to have a successful year. 

“I know how much potential this team has and I’m really excited to see what we do,” said Adams. “I hope that this season is different in terms of our record of course, but also a change in direction of our attitudes and mindset going into every game.” 

Adams, along with a few others have taken on large leadership roles this year and are hoping that good things will come this season. 

The Seawolves will return to the Wolves’ Den for Tuesday’s home opener against William Jessup at 7 p.m.