No. 25 UC San Diego pushes Seawolves out of CCAA Championship Tournament

Coming off a close and tough loss last week against Chico State, 75-68, the Sonoma State University women’s basketball team hoped to bring confidence and energy into its matchup this past week. 

The Seawolves took their talents to face No.25 UC San Diego in an evening matchup for the first round of the CCAA Championship Tournament at RIMAC arena in La Jolla. 

The Seawolves, however, did not leave with the outcome they hoped for, coming up with a devastating loss to end their season, 69-52. 

Sophomore forward Ugochi Anudokem led the Seawolves in the end, bringing in 14 points and a team-high for rebounds with 12 boards. Anudokem led the team in points for the 14th time this season as well as picking up her eighth double-double performance of the overall season. 

“I think the game went okay, we reached our goal of making playoffs which was great,” Anudokem said. “We limited them to only scoring 69. It was a sad loss but I think it makes the ones who are returning even hungrier to get farther into playoffs next year.“ 

The other shooting heroics from this matchup came from seniors Jessica Mitz and guard Madison Burroughs. The two seniors concluded their collegiate careers with double digits, Mitz coming out with 11 points and Burroughs coming out with 10. 

The Seawolves showed a decent shooting display in their last game of the season, while shooting 31.3 percent from the floor, 10 percent from the three-point range, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. 

This game was not only the last game of the season but also the last game for graduating seniors such as Carly Gill, Jerrica Crosby, McKaiela Tyler, Molly Donovan, Mitz, and Burroughs. The last game of any season is always bittersweet but especially more for those graduating seniors who won’t be able to step on the court anymore as a proud Seawolf. 

“It feels surreal, but I have appreciated every aspect of it, for it’s been such a growing experience. I’m going to miss the thrill of game days because I know nothing will be able to replicate those feelings,“ Burroughs said. 

The Seawolves overall entered the conference tournament as the No. 8 seed but came out with an overall 12-15 record to end the 2017-2018 season.