Seawolves blow Gators out of the water

Coming off a close win in their last home game against Cal State San Marcos, 75-69, the Sonoma State University women’s basketball team was determined to continue that momentum on the road last weekend. 

Sonoma State took its talents to face San Francisco State with a Saturday evening matchup hoping to come out with a big win. 

Senior guard Madison Burroughs said, “The team knew we had to step up and secure this win, and we had the week to prepare and only had to focus on San Francisco since it was a single game weekend.” 

The Seawolves started off Saturday evening with a slow start by allowing San Francisco State to get a quick advantage by leading the way after the first quarter. 

After a well contested first half, the Seawolves wasted no time when they began to catch fire in the third quarter and never looked back after shots began to fall. 

The Seawolves hit a remarkable 15 of 20 shots that formulated a 37-13 run over a 15-minute span which helped them take the rest of the game with ease after such a strong push towards the end of the game. 

“Even though we had a slow start we wanted to tire them out, which we eventually did in the start of the third quarter, which led us to winning,” said sophomore forward Ugochi Anudokem. 

The Seawolves in the end coasted to secure a victory with a score of 77-57. 

The Seawolves showcased a great shooting display in this victory, while shooting 53.3 percent (32 of 60) from the floor, 66.7 percent from three-point range, and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.

 Kim Savio, Anudokem, Burroughs, and Serena Santos led the Seawolves’ shooting heroics. Savio lead the team with a double-double with 13 points, 11 total rebounds, while shooting 50 percent (5 of 10) from the floor in 19 minutes played. 

Santos contributed towards the Seawolves’ success with 12 points, while shooting 57.1 percent (4 of 7) from the floor, in 23 combined minutes played. 

Burroughs and Anudokem also contributed towards their team’s victory by both picking up 10 points, with Anudokem shooting 62.5 percent (5 of 8) from the floor, and Burroughs shooting 40 percent (4 of 10) from the field. 

With the victory, the Seawolves record moved to 10-12, 7-11 in CCAA which gives them a shot at placing in the CCAA championship tournament in the upcoming weeks.

“We knew we had to win this game to solidify our chances of us making the playoffs,” Anudokem said. 

The team said the momentum of this victory is just what the Seawolves need to carry on in the upcoming weeks, continue to finish strong on a hard-fought season and eventually go into the postseason. 

“I think the team is so much better than when we were at the start of the season, both offensively and defensively,” Anudokem said. “We gel together well and can make really good reads every time we play together.”  

The Seawolves will head out south next weekend for their final two road games where they will meet Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino. The two matchups will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.