Sonoma State started with a very strong first quarter but it was not enough as the offensive efficiency and defensive pressure of the Tritons eventually overwhelmed the Seawolves.
The final score was 79-61 in favor of the University of San Diego Tritons. This certainly show improvement for the Seawolves, as their first game against the Tritons resulted in a 86-47 loss. Freshman Zane Sheckherd led the way for the Seawolves, scoring 17 points in the game and going an impressive 5-8 from three. “The game felt good today, we fought and played hard,” said Sheckherd.
With a 10-11 record coming into this game, the Seawolves were big underdogs against the 23-0 Tritons. The first quarter opened with Sonoma State pushing the pace of play. They were up by 6 at one point and finished the quarter up 16-11.
The second quarter was the highest scoring for both teams. UCSD was running a full court press at some points but the Seawolves were frequently able to transition quickly and score points.
The quarter was back and forth but a late push from the Tritons brought the score to 43-35 with the Seawolves trailing to finish the first half. UCSD would outscore Sonoma State 32-19 in this quarter.
The start of the third quarter was dominated by UCSD. The Tritons opened the quarter by scoring 13 consecutive points. Coach Shayewitz of the Seawolves called a pair of timeouts to stop the Tritons pace but Sonoma State could still not create enough separation to score. Sheckherd helped put some life into the Seawolf offense, scoring on two straight three pointers.
The Seawolf offense was working hard. They were setting pick plays, cutting and driving but were having a difficult time finding high percentage shots in open space. The Triton’s were able to capitalize on their opportunities in this quarter.
The quarter finished with Sonoma State behind, 66-50. Sydney Sharp of the Tritons scored 22 in the game, including a number of three pointers in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter would finish in favor of UCSD as they outscored Sonoma State, 13-11. Northern had another strong quarter. She scored a nice right handed layup while getting fouled and then hit the free throw shot. The next possession, she had a beautiful drive to the basket, finishing it with a smooth left handed finish.
Sonoma State played well in spurts but the consistency of UCSD was too much for the Seawolves. UCSD was able to shoot 27 free throws, Sonoma State only generated 7 attempts from the line. The Tritons took the big win and kept their undefeated season alive, final score 79-61.
Junior Ugochi Anudokem put up another double-double in the game which has become the standard for the standout forward from San Jose. “I felt like we had a really good defensive first half, we just let up in the second half,” said Anudokem. “This game really tested and exposed our weaknesses since San Diego capitalized on our mistakes.”
Two days later, the Seawolves played in their final home game of the season. The game would end in a loss, with Cal State San Marcos winning 68-54.
Their final two games will be played on the road against Humboldt State, on Feb. 28 and against Chico State, on March 2.