Anudokem leads Seawolves to first conference victory of the season

Coming off a close loss in their last game against Cal State Dominguez Hills, 60-61, the Sonoma State Women’s Basketball Team was determined to come out of this weekend with a victory.

On Thursday the Seawolves took on San Francisco State in another nail-biter of a game, with both sides nearly equally matched. 

With San Francisco State’s record at 0-3 in CCAA play, the Seawolves were only 0-2, so they knew this game was one that they could take in order to improve its league record. 

With points back-and-forth the whole game, there was no significant domination. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter, when San Francisco State had a 19-point lead, the Seawolves knew they had to regroup and get points on the board or they would easily be out of this game. The Seawolves then went on a 15-point run. 

Scoring left and right and getting rebounds when they needed it most, they were back in the game, 62-69. With only 1:50 left to play in the fourth, the Seawolves tried to pull forward and take Gators. Unable to get the points needed, the Seawolves fell to the Gators in a very close game, 62-69. 

Despite the close loss, Sonoma States’ Ugochi Anudokem scored her second double-double of the early season with a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds in just 29 minutes of play. 

The Seawolves also had help from Jessica Mitz and Madison Burroughs who each had 10 points on the day. Sonoma State totaled 44 team rebounds as opposed to the Gators 29 team rebounds. With this loss the Seawolves now move to 0-3 in CCAA play and 2-4 overall.

 On Saturday, the Seawolves took on Stanislaus State at the Wolves’ Den at 5:30 p.m., determined to collect a win to finish out the weekend. Stanislaus State coming into the game was 1-4 in CCAA play and 4-5 overall. 

In the first quarter the Seawolves came out hot, outscoring Stanislaus State 14-10. In the second and third quarter they kept the ball rolling, outscoring Stanislaus State again, 17-12 in the second, and 15-12 in the third. 

Coming into the fourth quarter the score was 46-34, the Seawolves having the significant lead. With Stanislaus State trying to gain the lead, they were able to match the Seawolves in points 23-23 in the fourth quarter. 

Although Stanislaus State showed some light towards the end, it just was not enough to defeat the Seawolves, who were able to pull off their first CCCA victory, 69-57.

“I think we finally got our defense to become more consistent, which was huge for us, as well as making a more conscious effort to be on the same page with our teammates which let us make smarter and swifter plays on offense,” said Burroughs. 

 Anudokem put up big numbers for the Seawolves, with her third double-double of the season and a career high of 23 points and a big 14 rebounds in the game. 

Carly Gill and Sam Erisman also got into the mix with double-digit points. Gill had 12 points on the day and Erisman had 11 points. With this win Sonoma State was finally able to break its three-game losing steak and moved to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in CCAA play.

“We are proud with the way we played and handled Stanislaus State’s press and traps. We were excited to get the win,” said Burroughs. 

The Seawolves next travel to Arcata to take on the Humboldt State Jacks on Saturday; start time is 5:30 p.m.