Seawolves split week’s matchups

The Sonoma State Seawolves’ women’s basketball team took on a road game against Cal State San Marcos on Saturday. 

Things were looking promising for the team after two huge wins against San Francisco State and Cal State Dominguez Hills the previous week. Unfortunately, what they had hoped would be a 3-game winning streak came to an end when they couldn’t close out against Cal State San Marcos.

The Seawolves were lead by junior point guard Carly Gill, who shot 7-for-16 from the field for a total of 15 points, and lead all scorers in the game. Molly Donovan, the team’s junior center, was the second leading scorer and managed to put 12 points on the scoreboard. Sonoma State dominated the first half, outscoring the San Marcos Cougars 27-17. 

After Sonoma State’s excellent first half, things did not go their way as they struggled to hold onto the commanding lead they had fought for during the first two quarters. The Seawolves were only able to put up a total of 22 points in the second half, while the Cougars scored 41 points. 

After shooting a low 23 percent from the field in the first half, the Cougars were on fire in the second half and shot an impressive 61 percent, allowing them to pull ahead of the Seawolves. 

San Marcos created 11 points off turnovers in the fourth quarter, and the Seawolves were unable to answer back. Sonoma was out-rebounded 37 to 26, which played an important role in the game as well. 

Savannah Camp and Dee Armenta from the Cougars caused problems for the Seawolves, putting up 14 points a piece. Camp, the Cougars’ starting guard, shot 75 percent from the field, adding two 3-pointers to the Cougars’ score. Senior guard Armenta took on a heavy workload, playing 37 minutes in the game.

Sonoma’s star player, Kylie Kiech, who averages 14.9 points per game on the season, struggled in this matchup and was unable to contribute any points. Both Kiech and sophomore forward Taylor Todd ended up fouling out of the game, which posed a problem for the Seawolves and allowed the Cougars to rally in the second half. Cal State San Marcos dominated in the key by outscoring the Seawolves 26-18. In the fourth quarter, the Cougars scored 14 points in the paint, compared to Sonoma’s low total of two.

After the Cougars tied up the game at 49-49 in the fourth quarter with 2:26 left to go, Sonoma State was held scoreless, leading to their defeat. The final score of the game was 58-49 in favor of Cal State San Marcos, halting Sonoma’s two-game winning streak.

This loss drops Sonoma State to an overall 10-8 record on the season. The Seawolves hope to turn things around at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 in the Wolves’ Den against the Chico State Wildcats to try to redeem a close loss against them earlier in the season.