Women’s basketball team drops two in Southern California

Coming off two back-to-back victories, the Sonoma State women’s basketball team hoped to continue their momentum this past weekend in Southern California against Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego. 

The Seawolves began their two-game road series at Cal State San Marcos to start off the weekend. The first half of game one went back and forth, with the Cougars only ahead by two points going into the second half, 23-21. 

Both teams were battling it out but the Cougars lead by seven going into the fourth quarter. Three points down with eight seconds left in the game, senior guard Carly Gill knocked down a long-range 3-pointer to tie up the game, forcing the Cougars into overtime. 

Gill and teammate Madison Burroughs started overtime with two back-to-back layups that put the Seawolves up 59-55. The Seawolves were pretty silent after this, allowing the cougars to go on an 8-2 scoring run, handing Sonoma State a bitter loss. Although the Seawolves caught fire late, it wasn’t enough to pick up the victory. 

Burroughs pulled in a team-high 18 points against the Cougars in the Seawolves’ 63-61 defeat. 

“We played very well collectively and made an immaculate save at the end of the 4th quarter bringing us into overtime,” said Burroughs. 

With a quick turnaround, the Seawolves made their way down to UC San Diego to play on Saturday. The whole game was overall contested throughout, with seven ties and 11 lead changes throughout the course of the game. 

The Seawolves battled hard throughout the first half, only trailing by three points going into the second. They kept their momentum going into the late minutes of the fourth quarter where San Diego only had a 3-point lead with 3:39 to play in the game. 

Unfortunately, the Tritons caught fire in the last minutes, going on a relentless 10-3 scoring run that the Seawolves could not contain. The Tritons closed the game with a final score of 90-78.

Overall, the Seawolves offense was doing well, shooting 50 percent on 60 shots on the night, including 10 of 15 from beyond the 3-point arc. 

The Seawolves’ top scorers were Burroughs, Jessica Mitz, Jerrica Crosby and Mckaiela Tyler, who combined for 48 of Sonoma’s 78 total points scored. 

“We performed outstanding and exactly how we needed to offensively and we can’t wait to take on UCSD again next week,” said Burroughs. 

These two away games have put the Seawolves to an overall 8-11 record, 5-10 in conference play. 

The Seawolves hope to bounce back next week as they face UC San Diego again on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Wolves’ Den.