|Otters oust SSU women from tourney
Sonoma State’s women’s basketball team got off to a quick start against top-seeded Cal State Monterey Bay in the opening round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament on March 1, but the Otters closed the first half strong and never looked back.
The final tally read Otters 62, Seawolves 45, ending Sonoma State’s season at 9-18.
Jaclyn Bisordi spearheaded the SSU in the first half with 10 points, and the Seawolves held a four-point lead at the 9:13. The Otters went on a 16-2 run to close out the opening half to settle the issue in Seaside.
The Otters drew first blood, scoring the game's first four points. The lead, however, wouldn't exceed more than four points and the Seawolves were able to grab their first lead (16-15) on a 3-pointer by Bisordi. Sonoma State would continue holding a narrow lead and eventually held a four-point advantage at 21-17 on a lay-up by Elizabeth Day.
From then on, it was all Cal State Monterey Bay, as Jessica Fontenette and Michelle Santizo spearheaded the charge that gave the Otters a 33-23 lead at halftime. The two points scored by Sonoma State during that nine-minute span to end the period came from the free throw line.
Ali Conway’s jumper at the 19:10 mark in the second half got the Seawolves within eight points, 33-25, but that was the last time the Otters’ lead was less than double digits.
Bisordi was SSU’s only player in double figures with 12 points. Kristina Fahey added eight.
London Houchin paced Cal State Monterey with 16 points, while Fontenette and Santizo added 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Otters shot 20 of 50 from the floor (40 percent), while the nation's top defense drew 14 Sonoma State turnovers and scored 19 points off those miscues.
Sonoma State, picked to finish 10th in the conference's preseason coaches poll, made an appearance in the CCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.
The Seawolves will look to improve next year as they will lose just one senior to graduation.