The UC San Diego Women’s Basketball Team knocked out the Sonoma State University Seawolves in the first round of postseason play in the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament by on Feb. 28 in La Jolla.
Sonoma entered the tournament as the eighth seed, while UCSD was the top seed team with an impressive overall record of 22-5 for the season. The Seawolves finished the season with 13-14 record overall. This was the best record for the Seawolves since the 2007-2008 season.
The Seawolves fell off early after the San Diego Tritons dominated the court with a 14-point run, which left Sonoma trailing by 15 points at halftime against UCSD (32-17). Carly Gill and Madison Burroughs led Sonoma in scoring, respectively contributing a game-high 17 points and 14 points for the Seawolves.
Sonoma was short-handed due to injuries from earlier in the season. In addition, the Seawolves lost their star center, Molly Donovan, due to a broken fibula. With Donovan out, Sonoma was under pressure, playing with only six healthy players. Taylor Todd, Sonoma’s sophomore forward, and Burroughs had to take a heavy workload, playing all 40 minutes of the game.
Senior guard Beth Mounier and freshman forward Mikayla Williams led UC San Diego,both adding 15 points a piece to the scoreboard for the Tritons. Mounier was on fire in the first quarter making all of her field goal attempts, including two 3-pointers.
The Seawolves knew going into the second half they had to give it their all since their season was on the line. Sonoma scored 8 unanswered points in the third quarter, making it a1-point game. They kept it close throughout the fourth quarter, but were unable to pull ahead with the lead over San Diego.
One of the biggest factors during the game was Sonoma’s struggle to shoot from the field, hitting only 27 percent. On the other hand, San Diego shot over 40 percent from the field, allowing the Tritons to pull ahead from the Seawolves and seal a victory in the first round of playoffs.
“The feeling of my team coming together through all the adversity and making post-season together was absolutely terrific. We grew exponentially as a team and I cannot wait to see what this team is going to accomplish in the years to come,” junior center Molly Donovan said.
Although Sonoma lost the game 53-46, they put up a fight in La Jolla as the underdogs in the match-up. With this win, UCSD advanced to the next round in playoffs against Stanislaus State. Fortunately for the Seawolves, the team will stick together as the majority of their players will return for another season. Sonoma plans to work hard in the off-season with the goal of improving their record and making it further in the playoffs next season.