After seven straight losses, the Sonoma State University women’s basketball team came home with a victory. The Seawolves battled against San Francisco State Saturday night and were able to steal a much needed win in the hostile environment known as The Swamp Arena in San Francisco.
It was the Gators’ Senior Night but it was the Seawolves’ senior Hannah Sourek that stole the show. Sourek led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds playing in 24 minutes. With Sourek’s career winding down and only two more games to play, she says she will be treasuring every moment.
“It felt absolutely amazing to be able to contribute to this team,” said Sourek. “I only have a couple games left so I am just playing my hardest and doing everything I can to help this team be as successful as we can be.”
Sonoma State started strong in the first, finishing the quarter 11-5. Their energy carried over to the second quarter where they expanded their lead to 15, finishing the half up at 30-15. Headed to halftime with the lead, it was the Seawolves’ game to lose.
The Gators came back after the half to give the Seawolves a run for their money, but they had just enough of a lead to stay on top. The Gators outscored the Seawolves in the third quarter 15-10 and in the fourth quarter 14-10 but still fell by six.
The Seawolves were looking for redemption against the Gators, who beat them 63-46 earlier this month. The headed to the City ready to battle, said sophomore guard Madison Burroughs.
“Our team was well prepared to face San Francisco,” said Burroughs. “The team’s attitude was good and we were all supportive of each other, especially since our coach talked to us about doing a few things differently for this game.”
Burroughs said Head Coach Mark Rigby made a few adjustments after their devastating loss to Cal State San Marcos last weekend on Senior Day.
“The subbing by our coach was well thought out and we had a better rotation than normal,” Burroughs said.
The Seawolves’ field goal percentage was only slightly above 31 percent compared to the Gators’ 30.8 percentage but the Seawolves’ rebound power is what gave them the edge. The Seawolves crashed the net and came up with 45 rebounds compared to the Gators’ 36.
“It felt well deserved to finally get a win after losing so many close scoring games,” said Burroughs. “We still need to work on controlling the pace of the game and I feel like we made a step towards that goal after last night.”
Burroughs contributed with eight points to the Seawolf victory while senior guard Taylor Acosta ended the night with eight points of her own in 30 minutes of play.
The Seawolves will have a chance to improve on their 9-18 overall record and 4-14 CCAA conference record with their final two games of the season this weekend. They will travel to Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena for a Friday night face-off before closing out their season against UC San Diego at RIMAC Arena in La Jolla. Tipoff for both matchups are at 5:30 p.m. They are looking to finishing the 2015-2016 season strong after suffering losses to both teams earlier in the season.