On a quest to come out on top in its final home games, the women’s basketball team came up short, falling to Chico State 56-51 and CSU Stanislaus 53-36.
Despite junior Hannah Sourek ending Friday night’s game against Chico State in double digits for both points and rebounds, the Seawolves weren’t able to hold off the rivaled Wildcats.
“Going into a game against a rival is an exciting feeling,” said junior Taylor Acosta. “It seems to add that much more energy and even the energy from the crowd is different.”
To start the Friday night game, the Seawolves seemed to bring the energy as they scored the first five points of the contest. Chico State quickly counteracted which led to three separate lead changes throughout the first half.
Going into the last 20 minutes of the game, the Seawolves trailed by nine. The Wildcats eventually widened their lead to 12 at the start of the second half. But Sonoma State didn’t go down without a fight.
“Chico is always an intense game,” said junior Tanner Adams. “Last time we went into overtime against them, so we were ready to battle.”
Though the Seawolves only gained the lead once in the latter half, they outscored their rivals 29-25 in the second half.
Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to send the Wildcats home with a loss.
Sourek ended the game as the lead scorer and rebounder of both teams, bringing in 20 and 12, respectively. Acosta was the team’s second highest scorer with seven points along with 10 rebounds and one steal. The bench combined for 13 points and three steals.
Looking for a win for their last home game, the Seawolves took on the Warriors of CSU Stanislaus the following evening.
But the fight they showed was out-matched by their opponent as they dropped to 4-16 in conference.
Though not represented in the final score, the Seawolves started the game off strong with a lead of seven points just six minutes into the game.
As the Warriors battled back, Sonoma State was able to hold onto the lead for most of the first half, only relinquishing it with just four minutes before halftime.
“We had a really strong start,” said Adams. “It was nice just because we’ve always been trying to be the first team to score rather than playing catch up for the entire night.”
But their strong start didn’t push the Seawolves ahead as CSU Stanislaus took the lead and ran with it. Sonoma State never came within single digits of the lead and even trailed by 19 twice in the second half.
Despite a rough second half, the Seawolves out-rebounded their opponent 41-35 as well as had the only two blocks of the game.
Freshman guard Madison Burroughs was the lead scorer for Sonoma State with 10 as Sourek trailed behind her adding eight on the night.
“We put in some new stuff and we were able to run it successfully,” said Acosta. “That’s promising when looking forward to the rest of the season and also next season.”
The Seawolves will round out their season on the road against CSU Dominguez Hills on Friday and Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday.