Seawolves secure playoff spot

The Sonoma State University women’s basketball teamfinished the regular season strong and clinched a playoff spot against UC San Diego on the weekend. 

The Seawolves battled it out against Humboldt State Thursday and were victorious, winning 62-51. 

Unfortunately, Sonoma was unable to keep the win streak alive, losing 49-45 to Cal Poly Pomona last Saturday. 

Sonoma played what could arguably be the most important game of the season Thursday against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. 

Humboldt State came out strong in the first quarter and held a seven point lead over the Seawolves.However, Sonoma knew what was on the line and played outstanding defense that left the ‘Jacks in a one point deficit after being held to only three points in the second quarter. 

Madison Burroughs contributed six steals in the game, allowing the Seawolves to create scoring opportunities off turnovers.

“We played exceptional defense and our execution on offense was great. When we were down, we never let it affect us. We focused on getting a stop and making a basket,” junior center Molly Donovan said. 

In the third quarter, Sonoma went on a destructive 12-0 run, which helped the Seawolves seal the deal against the Humboldt Lumberjacks. 

One of Sonoma’s star players, Kylie Kiech, returned after missing action because of an injury last week. Kiech contributed 15 points and led the team with six rebounds.

 Burroughs added 17 points to lead the squad and Jessica Mitz pitched in 12 points in Sonoma’s victory over the Lumberjacks. With this win, the Seawolves secured a playoff spot.

After seizing the big win over Humboldt State, the Seawolves were unable to finish the regular season with a win in a close matchup against Cal Poly Pomona. Sonoma was up at the half 20-15, and held the lead over the Broncos in the third quarter. 

The Seawolves hit trouble in the fourth quarter, with Pomona outscoring them and putting up 24 points in the final quarter alone.

Burroughs and McKaiela Tyler put up big numbers for the Seawolves with a combined score of 24 points. 

Mitz had five steals in the game, but it was not enough to force a loss for the Broncos. Priscilla Brooks, junior forward from Pomona, was the biggest offensive threat, as she put up 15 points in the game and dominated the glass with 10 rebounds. 

Chelsea Waddy-Blow, Pomona’s junior forward, added 12 points to the scoreboard for the Broncos and was 6-6 in free throws.

“Our game plan against UC San Diego is to just play our game and play like we’ve got nothing to lose. Our biggest thing will be tough defense and taking away what they want to do. As long as we execute and do all those things it will be a good night for us,” junior point guard Carly Gill said.

These final two regular season games put the Seawolves to an overall 13-13 record on the season. 

The Seawolves’ first playoff match is against UC San Diego on March 3 in La Jolla. 

The women’s basketball team plans to put it all on the line to extend their post-season play, as it is single elimination.