|SSU women’s skid hits four
The Sonoma State women's basketball team continues to have trouble against conference foes, losing to Cal Poly Pomona, 70-50, on Jan. 6, and to San Bernardino, 52-45, on Jan. 8.
The Seawolves went back-and-forth with Pomona in the first half, as neither team took full control of the game. Aly Henington's 12 points for Sonoma helped the Seawolves keep pace as the game was tied at 26 at the break.
In the opening minutes of the second half, Jaclyn Bisordi quickly scored six points as SSU enjoyed a four-point lead. That is when the Broncos elevated their game to a higher level. With the help of the conference's leading scorer, Reyana Colson, Pomona went on a 23-5 run to open a 51-37 lead.
"They were much more assertive, much more aggressive; we let their full-court press put us on our heels," said Sonoma coach Mark Rigby.
Sonoma answered and was able to whittle down Pomona's advantage to six with a little less than seven minutes to play, thanks in large part to Bisordi, who scored 11 of her team-high 13 points in the second half. However, another devastating run by the Broncos, this time 17-3, to close the game secured Sonoma's fate. Colson improved her league-best scoring average of 21 points, finishing with 25 Thursday night.
"She's a great player, she's going to create shots," Bisordi said. "Going into this game we knew she was going to score, all we need to do is try and contain her."
Despite a big first half, Henington only took one shot in the second half as Pomona's defense essentially erased her as a scoring threat.
San Bernardino 52, SSU 45
A slow start to the game against San Bernardino (9-1, 5-1) again doomed SSU. The Seawolves fell behind early, 11-2, in the first half, and San Bernardino built up its lead to as many as 15 on two different occasions. Sonoma came back to shave the deficit to nine at 32-23 heading into the locker room.
The Coyotes were off their game to begin the second 20 minutes as SSU outscored them, 9-3, to cut the advantage down to just two points. The Seawolves came as close as one point with 5:35 left.
The losses drop Sonoma's record to 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the CCAA. The Seawolves were hoping to get their first home win Thursday night against 1-11 San Francisco State. Details were unavailable at press time. Saturday, the Seawolves host unbeaten Cal State Monterey Bay.