The Sonoma State University women’s basketball team traveled up and down California, but suffered losses to both Humboldt State and CSU San Bernardino. The two losses brought their record to 4-10 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
The Seawolves first travelled to Arcata to face the Lumberjacks on Thursday. Despite two Seawolves, Hannah Sourek and Emilee Osagiede, scoring 12 points, Sonoma State fell 88-62 to Humboldt.
“An important thing that helps us become more comfortable when playing away is talking on and off the court,” said junior guard Taylor Acosta. “The environment can be hostile but when you’ve got your team around communicating, the environment doesn’t affect you.”
Humboldt scored the first six points of the game before the Seawolves added two on a jumper by junior center Sourek. The Lumberjacks then went on a 23-6 run to lead by 19 well into the first half. They would lead by that much several other times in the half.
Humboldt brought its lead to 32 halfway through the second half, and the Seawolves were not able to gain control of the game.
Sonoma State had 39 rebounds in the game and six steals. As a team, they shot 33.7 percent, making 23 out of 61 field goals and were successful on 13 out of 21 free-throws.
In addition to Sourek and junior forward Emilee Osagiede’s combined 24 points, Tanner Adams and freshman Molly Donovan each added eight.
The Seawolves then flew down to Southern California to face off against the Coyotes of San Bernardino on Saturday night. Dropping the game 60-48, the Seawolves lost their eighth straight game.
Again, the Seawolves’ opponent started off the scoring, this time the Coyotes went up by five before Sonoma State got on the board. Scoring went back and forth during the first half, but the Coyotes never relinquished the lead.
The first half ended with the Coyotes up by seven only to increase their lead to 16 several times in the second half.
The Seawolves made four three-point shots and shot 60 percent at the free-throw line. Sonoma State also out-rebounded CSU San Bernardino 50-37. The bench added 23 points to the Seawolves’ total.
“At the beginning of the game our coaches made clear to us that rebounds would be one of the key factors to control if we were to win,” said Acosta. “I think we achieved our goal in controlling the board.”
In addition to the non-starters 23 points, freshman guard Madison Burroughs and Sourek each had eight points and a steal. Donovan and Acosta contributed six rebounds a piece to the team’s total of 50.
“I think the highlight of both games was the fact that we never gave up,” said Acosta. “We were able to make short runs and play hard even though we weren’t able to capture the lead in the end.”
Sonoma State will continue conference play on the road against CSU East Bay and CSU Monterey Bay on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both games are set to start at 5:30 p.m.