|SSU women swept at home
The defending California Collegiate Athletic Association champion UC San Diego held the Seawolves scoreless for 9 minutes, 50 seconds in the second half to earn a 58-54 win on Jan. 27. Cal State East Bay came into town two days later to add to the Seawolves' season frustrations, handing a 67-46 defeat to Sonoma.
Trailing 16-6 early against the Tritons, the Seawolves turned it on to make the game close. Sonoma battled back behind nine first-half points from forward Aly Henington to cut the lead to 29-24 at the break. A steal by Jaclyn Bisordi and a layup by Taylor Vigil gave the Seawolves a 43-41 advantage with 11:14 remaining in the game.
But as well as Sonoma played to take the lead to that point, the Tritons closed the contest even better. Last year's conference player of the year, Chelsea Carlisle, and Emily Osga each scored game-highs with 19 points as the Tritons went on an 11-0 run to take control of the game. Osga, who played the entire 40 minutes, scored 15 of those 19 points in the second half.
"We were well prepared for what they run, we watched a lot of tape," said Sonoma coach Mark Rigby. "They have two players who needed to make plays and they did, can't take that away from them.
A 3-pointer by Henington finally ended the scoring drought to shave UCSD's lead to 52-46 with 1:24 to go. Another long ball from Roxanne Rentschler with 27.4 ticks left pulled the Seawolves within three points at 54-51.
It proved to be too little too late as Carlisle and Osga converted four free throws down the stretch to hang on to the win.
Despite SSU making more field goals, having more offensive rebounds, and forcing more turnovers, the major key to the game was the difference in the teams getting to the foul line. The Tritons converted 15 of 17 free throws compared to just 3 of 5 for Sonoma, including zero attempts in the second half. Rigby still was positive with the way his team played.
"I couldn't ask any more from them, our goal is to play a game we can be proud of," he said. "We did a lot of good things, we just didn't get the ball in the basket enough."
East Bay 67, SSU 46
Cal State East Bay came in last Saturday and pulled the upset over the Seawolves, who have now lost four of its last five. The Pioneers opened with a 15-7 lead before SSU got its own game going. Jaclyn Bisordi was on fire from distance with four 3-pointers as she went on to score 16 of her 18 points in the first 20 minutes. But it was East Bay that closed out the first half with the advantage, 32-29.
A 3-pointer by Oly Larkin got Sonoma within four points with 8:17 to go, but another cold streak did the Seawolves in. The Pioneers outscored SSU, 21-4, throughout the remainder of the contest to earn just their second victory of the season.
The Seawolves had a dismal shooting night 16-of-64 for the game, just 25 percent and were 6-of-38 in the second half (15.8 percent).
Vigil was the team's second leading scorer with nine and Aly Conway led the team in rebounds with 12.
The losses over the weekend sink the Seawolves' record to 6-12 overall, 4-10 in the CCAA. The Seawolves still cling to a one-game lead over Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Dominguez Hills for the final postseason spot. Sonoma has two home games this week against Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus.