An enthusiastic crowd and a special pregame ceremony honored three seniors playing their last game in The Wolves’ Den Saturday afternoon. Tanner Adams, Hannah Sourek, and Taylor Acosta’s time with the women’s basketball team was celebrated by their fans, teammates, coaches and families on Senior Day despite a loss against Cal State San Marcos.
In four years, Tanner Adams played 98 games, with an average of 24 minutes. Last season she set the school single game 3-point record with seven. Adams reflected on her experience and had positive things to say about her time with the Seawolves.
“It’s been great, I’ve met so many great people. We have been through a lot of lows but we have all stuck it through together and that’s what makes this team so great and this program so special,” Adams said.
Both Tanner Adams and Hannah Sourek described their last game in The Wolves’ Den as “bittersweet”.
Sourek said it was sad it was her last home game but expressed her appreciation.
“We have never had a winning season but it’s still nice to be a part of this program. My experience has definitely taught me a lot,” she said. “I met my best friends here and I know I’m going to know them for the rest of my life.”
Sourek contributed to her team with 93 games, 67 starts and even earned Second Team All-CCAA honors as a junior.
Taylor Acosta played her 89th game against San Marcos averaging 21 minutes a game. Last season she contributed with impressive double-digit point totals in seven consecutive games.
The crowd acknowledged their accomplishments and after pictures were taken and flowers were exchanged, the three seniors stepped out on their home court one last time.
The Seawolves looked promising in the first half of the game. At the end of the first quarter, Adams sunk a shot from beyond the arc giving them the lead 11-10. Their lead continued into the second quarter where they stayed on top 24-22 headed into halftime.
In the start of the second half the Seawolves continued to battle. Although theCougars gained the lead 28-26 with seven minutes left in the third quarter, the Seawolves kept fighting and stayed in the game.
The momentum shifted with three minutes left in the third when the Seawolves allowed a San Marcos’ three-pointer followed by a turnover that put the Cougars on top 36-35. The Cougars continued to take advantage of the Seawolves’ struggling defense and sunk two more open 3-pointers and a field goal to increase their lead 44-38 headed into the final quarter.
Sequentially, the Cougars stayed on top throughout the fourth quarter and finished the game 60-49. Despite having offensive opportunities, the Seawolves were held to 29 percent field goal shooting, compared to the Cougars’ 43.1 percent. The seniors Adams, Sourek, and Acosta finished with a combined 20 points to finish their time in The Wolves’ Den.
Sourek reacted to their poor shooting.
“We shouldn’t have rushed our shots on offense and should have run through our plays. We had so many more shot opportunities than them but they just weren’t going in,” said Sourek.
Adams agreed that they could have shot better. “We didn’t play that bad defensively, but we just missed a lot of easy shots, a lot of shots in the key that we should have made. In the end that’s what held us back from winning,” Adams said.
The prior Tuesday the Seawolves suffered another loss when they played San Francisco State. SF State dominated the first quarter leading 19-2 in the first nine minutes making Sonoma attempt the comeback. The Seawolves nearly caught up, coming within five points, but could never fully recover, ultimately falling 63-46.
The Seawolves will have a shot at redemption against San Francisco State when they head to The Swamp this Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.