Knowing their fate for post-season was tarnished, Sonoma State University’s women’s basketball team battled until the final buzzer, not only to end their season strong, but for their seniors. The Seawolves were able to steal a glorious victory against Cal State San Bernardino but dropped bittersweet loss against UC San Diego to end its forgettable season.
Cal State San Bernardino came out strong on Friday night’s game, leaving Sonoma State to play catch up as they trailed behind by ten points with six minutes left in the second quarter.
Freshman guard, Kylie Kiech changed the momentum after her 3-pointer inspired her teammates to push through with a 13-0 run in just four minutes. Sonoma State ended the third quarter ahead 45-36, but it wasn’t a big enough lead as the Coyotes came back to take ahold of the lead 46-44 halfway through the fourth.
“The spark was just from all the energy we had and we all wanted to win. We knew we could win,” said Kiech.
Kiech played 32 out of the 40 minutes while contributing a team-high 14 points, but all eyes were on junior center, Jerrica Crosby. In a matter of two minutes, Crosby hit back-to-back three-pointers to secure the seawolf victory and the upset over CSU San Bernardino.
The Seawolves played the part of troublemaker against the Coyotes, as their Seawolf upset spoiled the chance for CSU San Bernardino to host a playoff game.
Along with her game-winning triples, Crosby contributed 13 points for the Seawolves as well as nine rebounds. Kiech and Hannah Sourek tied in second with seven rebounds a piece.
“We all contributed in our own ways and really fought hard toward the end of the half when things started getting more physical,” said Crosby. “These are our seniors’ last games and as a team we wanted them to leave on the best note possible. We constantly compete for each other and we all really wanted that win.”
Saturday’s game against UC San Diego was an emotional one as the three seniors, Tanner Adams, Taylor Acosta and Hannah Sourek, knew this would be the last time they geared up in blue and white.
“Our mentality was to finish this season strong,” said senior captain Tanner Adams. “We were playing the number one team in our league, so we had to stay optimistic and motivated.”
UC San Diego and Sonoma State fought evenly throughout the entire game as they traded off leads. The Seawolves stretched the first lead 27-20, but the Tritons made it known they had had endurance to fight back. Both teams headed into the locker room with the Tritons up by four.
The Seawolves struggled in the last quarter to put points on the board only shooting 41 percent from the field. The Tritons, however, were able to hit 51.8 percent, which helped them in the last quarter to seal a 13-point victory against the Seawolves.
The seniors left their mark in their last game with Hannah Sourek leading with 18 points, Acosta with 12 and Adams with five points.
“I just wanted to leave my basketball career with my head held high,” Adams. “I’ve learned a lot through all the highs and lows, and I just want my teammates to remember me as someone who always had their backs.”
“This was my favorite team that I’ve had while playing four years at Sonoma,” said Acosta. “Everyone gets along so well and supports one another. It’s the biggest family of a basketball team that I’ve had.”
The Seawolves end their season 10-19 overall and 5-15 in the CCAA.