The Sonoma State University Seawolves played back-to-back matchups against the Cal State East Bay Pioneers and Monterey Bay Otters this weekend. After losing to Cal State East Bay earlier in the season, the Seawolves hoped to turn things around and pull out a victory. Unfortunately, Sonoma State was unable to succeed in the close match against the Pioneers, but bounced back for the win on Saturday against Monterey Bay.
Sonoma State began their two-game road series at the home of the Pioneer’s on Friday. The game went back and forth during first half, with the Seawolves holding the lead 25-24 at halftime. The Pioneers came out strong in the third quarter and took the lead, which left the Seawolves in a deficit they could not return from.
Morgan Greene, freshman forward from Cal State East Bay, was the biggest threat for the Seawolves, contributing 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and snatching 12 rebounds for the Pioneers. Shomari Harris, a senior guard for CSU East Bay, accompanied Greene, adding 12 points and dishing out five assists, allowing the Pioneers to take charge of the game.
Although Sonoma State had three players scoring in double figures, it wasn’t enough to bring home the victory. The Seawolves’ top scorers of the night were Kylie Kiech, Madison Burroughs and Jessica Mitz, who combined scored 39 of Sonoma’s 54 total points. The Pioneers defeated Sonoma State by a final score of 60-54 in a tough loss, which the Seawolves hoped to make up for the following night against Cal State Monterey Bay.
“We focused on getting ourselves better daily and on situational awareness and defense, as well as boxing out,” said junior center Molly Donovan.
With a quick turnaround time, the Seawolves traveled down south to play Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday. Sonoma State was in desperate need of a win after their four-game losing streak, and knew they had a tough game after a thrilling matchup earlier in the season, winning by only one point against the Otters.
Burroughs put on a show and was unstoppable, shooting 12-17 from the field and totaling 27 points, a season high for the junior guard. Donovan scored 11 points and pulled down eight boards to help the Seawolves clinch a victory over the Otters. The Seawolves conquered their second close win against Monterey, leaving fans hopeful and eager to welcome home the Seawolves as they return for their last two home games of the season.
“We have to focus on getting better and becoming more confident every day,” Donovan said. “We may have lost to them earlier in the season, but we learned from that and have come a long way. We look back seeing it not as a loss, but rather using it as motivation.”
These two away games put the Seawolves to an overall 11-11 record on the season. Sonoma looks to finish the season strong as they face Cal State LA and Dominguez Hills back-to-back this weekend.