The Sonoma State University women’s basketball team is making it well known they will not go down without a fight. Each game in the Seawolves homestand started off with promise when the girls jumped out to an early lead but unfortunately they could not close out the victories, suffering two losses at home against conference foes Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State.
In Friday nights two point loss (50-48) to Cal Poly Pomona, the Seawolves dominated the first half jumping out to an 18 point lead. Things started to fall for Cal Poly Pomona in the third quarter. Sonoma State fought hard to keep their 11 point lead in the second half. The Seawolves could only muster up a dismal 14 points in the second half, shooting only 14% from the field on 4-26 shooting, while the Mustangs shot 40% in their second half comeback.
Cal Poly Pomona pushed the Seawolves to the wire, but they could not hold on, ending the game with a 2 point victory in favor of the Mustangs.
“We came out with a lot of intensity in the first half that allowed us to get a quick lead. Pomona underestimated us so we took advantage of our opportunity. Going into the second half we let down the energy and that is when they came back at us,” said senior captain Tanner Adams.
Adams put 8 points up on the scoreboard for the Seawolves, including two three-pointers.
“We just need to sustain our energy for the entire game so we can walk away with a win next time,” said Adams.
Saturday night the Seawolves looked to bounce back in front of a rowdy Seawolves student section during the annual “Pack the Den” event against conference foe, Humboldt State.
The Seawolves fan base was in for a drama-filled treat. The game went down all the way to the last seconds of double overtime. The Sonoma State ladies left their heart out on the court in a tough loss.
The Seawolves limited the Lumberjacks chances defensively while capitalizing on their opportunities with 53 rebounds. The game was a mirror image of Friday night’s loss when the Seawolves led again at the half by 16 points. The Seawolves clinched to a 47-31 lead entering the fourth quarter, but yet again the loss of momentum deteriorated their chance to finish out their win.
Senior leader, Hannah Sourek, was a key component to Sonoma State’s performance. She recorded 15 points with two three-pointers to get her team a quick, strong lead. Sourek also added a game high of 12 rebounds to cap off her double-double performance.
“I am very proud of the way our team played and fought. Regardless of us giving up our lead, we played well and battled as hard as we could,” said Sourek.
Sonoma now drops to last place in the CCAA conference with a record of three wins and 12 losses.
With the Seawolves giving up their well-earned leads the last four games, they are challenged with identifying the problem and finding the solution.
Sophomore Jessica Mitz feels “frustrated” and knows tomorrow is a new day for improvement.
“We come into practice day in and day out focusing our energy to the game plan. We all have equally put our best effort forward in practice and challenge each other so by game time we aren’t surprised as for what's to come,” said Mitz.
“We have been an underdog for so long and now we are finally earning the respect in the conference. We just need to believe in ourselves and each other that we are a good team and we can win,” said Sourek.
Sonoma State will continue their homestand with a game tonight at the Wolves’ Den at 5:30 against San Francisco State. The Gators are two spots ahead of the Seawolves with a 4-11 record. They will cap off their homestand Saturday against Cal State San Marcos who sits right above Sonoma State in the standings. Senior night will be held on Saturday’s game at 2 p.m.