After a tough road loss to Cal State Monterey Bay over Thanksgiving week, the Sonoma State University women’s basketball team came back home to the Wolves’ Den in hopes of improving its 2-2 record.
On Friday, the Seawolves matched up against Cal State Dominguez Hills, knowing they had a tough matchup ahead of them as the Toros entered the game with an undefeated record in CCAA play.
The Seawolves got off to a comfortable start, leading 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. The game changed quickly as Dominguez Hills dominated the second quarter of play, outscoring the Seawolves 19-6, which left Sonoma State trailing 29-22 at halftime.
Even after trailing by 11, the Seawolves were reluctant to give up and slowly made their way back in the game, tying it up at 41-41 when senior point guard Carly Gill opened up the fourth quarter with a three-pointer.
Throughout the final quarter of play, the game was neck-and-neck until the final seconds. Sonoma State’s Jerrica Crosby nailed the go ahead shot with five seconds remaining, leaving it up to the defense to make a final stop.
The Toros’ top scorer of the game made it to the foul line in the final second of play, hitting both free throws. This finalized the victory for Cal State Dominguez Hills, 61-60. Although the Seawolves outscored the Toros in three out of the four quarters, the deficit in the second quarter made for a difficult comeback for Sonoma State.
“I think our communication and execution needs to get better throughout the season in order to find success,” Gill said.
Sophomore forward Ugochi Anudokem led the Seawolves, hitting 7-11 from the field for a total of 17 points, and adding a team-high eight rebounds off the bench. Jessica Mitz, senior guard, contributed 13 points while shooting 3-5 from beyond the arc.
Madison Burroughs and Gill moved the ball well, each adding six assists to the stat sheet. As a team, Sonoma State struggled from the free throw line shooting 12-21, a low 57 percent. The Seawolves totaled 15 turnovers which hurt their chances of winning significantly.
“I think our strongest point right now is our intensity and readiness to battle for 40 minutes every night. We never give up and we keep fighting which is really encouraging to see and something we can continue to build on,” Gill said.
Nautica Morrow and Zhane Carter from the Toros caused problems for Sonoma State as they both led Dominguez Hills in scoring with 15 and 14 points.
Taylor Farris, the Toros’ senior forward, held the team together. She finished with the most minutes played and tallied nine points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.
After some heartbreaking losses for the Seawolves this season, the young team will look to improve each week as the season progresses.
This loss drops Sonoma State to an overall 2-3 record on the season and 0-2 in conference play. The team hopes to turn things around Thursday in the Wolves’ Den against San Fransisco State and Stanislaus State on Saturday, both games at 5:30 p.m.
“We need to get a win under us. Our main focus is always to win but we need this one,” Mitz said. “It is important that we focus on each game as they come, so once we take care of business with San Francisco we will move onto Stanislaus.”