The Sonoma State University women’s basketball team suffered two tough home losses this weekend against the Chico State Wildcats and Cal State Stanislaus Warriors, dropping their record to 10-10 in the overall season.
On Friday against Chico State, the Seawolves were looking great throughout the first three quarters. The den was packed and nearly all the fans thought the ‘Wolves had clinched a win over the Wildcats. Unfortunately, the Seawolves struggled to put up points on the board in the fourth quarter, leading them into an exciting overtime thriller.
Junior guard Madison Burroughs had an excellent game, contributing 14 points and nine rebounds for Sonoma State. Both Kylie Kiech and Carly Gill took on a heavy workload, playing 42 minutes each, and were two of the Seawolves’ highest scorers.
“We hadn’t scored in such a long time, we were just trying to get a bucket. We were trying to find something to manufacture some points since we went five minutes without scoring in the fourth quarter,” head coach Mark Rigby said.
At halftime, the Seawolves were up 26-21 and kept the lead throughout the third quarter. Chico State dominated the fourth quarter, tying the game and forcing them into overtime. Unfortunately, Sonoma State stayed cold, only accumulating 1 point in the 5-minute overtime, while the Wildcats scored 6 points, making the final score 61-56 in favor of Chico.
Chico State’s Junior guard, Whitney Branham (18) and junior forward, Kayla Taylor (16), contributed more than half of the Wildcat’s points, totaling 34, and created the biggest struggle for Sonoma’s defense.
“We need to stick with our game plan and just execute better,” Rigby said when looking forward to the upcoming games to end the season.
With a quick turnaround time, the Seawolves took on the Stanislaus Warriors on Saturday in hopes of sealing a win in the Wolves’ Den. After holding the lead in the first quarter, Sonoma State was able to hold a tight trail behind the Warriors in the following three. Unfortunately, the Seawolves were unable to come out on top, with the final score of the game 52-46.
Jessica Mitz and Maddison Burroughs were Sonoma’s leading scorers, both contributing 12 points.
The Wolves struggled shooting the ball, at 36 percent from the field and only 33 percent at the free-throw line. Stanislaus junior center Erika Larsen was a monster on the glass, with 12 rebounds and 10 points on the scoreboard. Warriors’ senior forward, Cassidy Sanders-Curry, had a huge impact on the game as she contributed a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
“We need to be more consistent and just play our game,” junior forward McKaiela Tyler said.
The Seawolves hope to turn things around as they begin a two-game road trip against Cal State East Bay and Monterey Bay in back-to-back matchups this weekend.