Women’s basketball fights on the road

The Sonoma State University women’s basketball team couldn’t hold onto a lead as they dropped both games against CSU East Bay and CSU Monterey Bay. The team drops to 4-12 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Sonoma State kicked off the weekend on the road facing the Pioneers of CSU East Bay. Although the team led most of the way in the first half, the Seawolves weren’t able to hold the lead, losing 60-53. 

Though in another team’s gym, junior Taylor Acosta didn’t let the difference in scenery change her approach or mindset. 

“The way that I offset the difference between home and away games,” said Acosta, “is by keeping all the little things the same. Like the way that I prepare so that the only difference is the color of the jersey I put on.”

The game got off to a good start and the different colored jersey didn’t seem to phase the Seawolves as they held their own in the first half. Sonoma State got their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by junior Hannah Sourek. For the rest of the period, the Seawolves dominated, only relinquishing the lead once.

With five lead changes in the first half, the Seawolves headed into halftime seven points ahead of the Pioneers. Unfortunately, Sonoma was unable to keep their lead in the second half as East Bay scored the first 10 points, taking a three-point lead over the Seawolves. 

Junior Emilee Osagiede tied the game up at 33 apiece with a three-point shot shortly after. The lead bounced back and forth a few times before CSU East Bay eventually took the reigns and at one point led by 10 points. Sonoma State slowly etched away at the point difference but came up short.

The Seawolves’ starters combined for 32 of the team’s points, with Acosta bringing in 12 of those points. From the bench, Osagiede contributed eight points while freshman Carly Gill added seven. 

As a team, the Seawolves had 21 rebounds, three blocks, as well as eight steals, two coming from freshman Molly Donovan. 

In an attempt to capture a win, the Seawolves then traveled to Monterey Bay on Saturday. Although freshman Madison Burroughs tied the game with a three-point shot with just over a minute left in the game, the Seawolves were unable to come out with a win, losing 54-52 against the Otters.

Though holding their own, the Seawolves never saw the lead in the first half. The team came close on several occasions, but CSU Monterey Bay never let its lead slip away, apart from one tie of the game.

Prior to the last minute of the game, Sonoma State trailed by 10, its biggest deficit of the night. From there the Seawolves went on a 25-14 run, which led to the only tie of the game. Unfortunately, the Otters were able to put up two points with just five seconds left in the game, sealing the deal and handing SSU its 11th straight loss. 

Despite the loss, the Seawolves had two players score in double digits; Sourek with 16 points and Osagiede with 12. Burroughs, Donovan, and junior Tanner Adams each added eight. As a team, the Seawolves had 34 rebounds and 12 steals, which was four more than their opponent.

“Hopefully we can use our last few games as lessons,” said Adams. “And realize what we really need to work on.”

Sonoma State returns home for its next four games in the Wolves Den, starting with Cal Poly Pomona on Friday at 5:30 p.m.