“Fear the Pack.” That is a motto of a team looking to bounce back from their yearsof defeat and find success in their 2015 season.
The Sonoma State University women’s basketball team sported a 6-20 overall record and a 4-18 CCAA record last season, which landed them eleventh place in the conference standings.
“Last year we didn’t have a senior or sophomore on the team,” said head coach Mark Rigby, who is returning for his 19th season this fall. “We lacked experience, which leads into leadership.”
However, this year is a different story.
The Seawolves will feature three seniors on their 16-player roster, which is the kind of leadership the team was lacking last season according to Rigby.
One of those seniors that can be seen on the court this year is point guard Tanner Adams, who says she can see vast improvements in her team, not only from the returners, but from the freshmen class as well.
“Compared to last year, I think we are doing a lot better,” said Adams. “We have a few freshmen that are really going to help us.”
Rigby also agrees that the seven freshmen added to the roster in the offseason will play an important part in the success of the team.
That success, and the ultimate goal for the Lady Seawolves this season, Adams says will be a .500 winning percentage in conference.
She believes that will be possible due to her team’s collective offensive skill.
Rigby said the overall team attitude is unlike most of the teams he has ever coached. Each girl is willing to learn and improve while maintaining a positive approach at each practice.
“I really like this team,” said Rigby. “As a group we have a very good understanding of the game.”
The chemistry between the girls is also something Adams considers to be a team strength, describing the group of players as not only a team, but as a family.
“We love each other,” said Adams. “Even the freshmen are fitting in so nice with the program and all the girls get along super well. We have a really good group of girls this year.”
Like the other seniors on her team, Adams says that she will making the most out of her last season on the court.
“Every game just matters that much more and I know that every game is one game closer to the end,” said Adams. “I am going to cherish this season especially and I don’t think I’ll be dreading any practices because I know that this will be my last time playing basketball.”
Adams and the 2015 Lady Seawolves begintheir run for CCAA championship on Nov. 13, where they are scheduled to open their season at the CCAA/PacWest Challenge tournament in Chico on Nov.13. They will then return home to play their first game in the Wolves’ Den on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. against William Jessup University.