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Warriors come up short against Sonoma State
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It was another great effort by the Cal State Stanislaus women's and men's basketball teams on Saturday night, but both Warrior squads fell to visiting Sonoma State.
On Play 4Kay night for breast cancer awareness, the Warrior women never led but hung close in the 56-51 loss throughout the night before dropping to 5-13 overall and 2-12 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
Jameiz Terrell led all players with 16 points and Lauren Godde scored her second double-double in as many nights with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Warriors.
Sonoma State won both road games this weekend to improve to 8-10 overall and 6-8 in conference play. The Seawolves had a pair of 13s from Jaclyn Bisordi and Aly Conway on Saturday.
After trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Warriors immediately cut that deficit to four on a 7-0 run. Sonoma State then took a 7-point, 26-19 halftime lead, but Stanislaus tied the game at 32 apiece with 14:40 left to play thanks to a pair of three-pointers by the Godde twins that keyed a rally.
With the Seawolves leading by seven as late as 3:09 to go, Stanislaus made a final push. This time, a Terrell bucket and a pair of Lauren Godde free throws got the Warriors within three. After a Taylor Vigil layup to put SSU backup 54-49, Warrior guard Devin Brown's layup with 27 seconds remaining made it a three-point game again.
On the ensuing Stanislaus possession, a Terrell trey to tie the game rimmed out before a pair of SSU free throws by Bisordi to end the game.
Unlike Friday night's game where Humboldt State nailed 13 three-pointers, Sonoma State had just one (on seven attempts). CSUS was 4-for-19 from the arch and shot 36 percent from the floor (18-for-50). The Warriors, though, were 11-for-11 at the free throw line.
Saturday night's men's basketball game came down to the final seconds again. Disappointingly, the Warriors let another game slip through their hands in a 73-69 loss to Sonoma State.
The Warriors got the turnover they needed with 10 seconds left to play. Then they got a Seawolves miss free throw with seven ticks left. Both situations played out against Cal State Stanislaus as it dropped two key home games this weekend to fall to 11-7 overall and 7-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
With the two narrow setbacks, instead of making a move up the conference standings, the Warriors now found themselves clinging on to eighth place. Only the top eight teams qualify for the CCAA postseason tournament in March.
Sonoma State is perhaps the hottest team in the CCAA right now as the Seawolves have gone 6-1 in their last seven games. SSU improved to 10-8 overall and 8-6 in league play.
In a game that saw 17 ties, it was anybody's contest in the final moments. After Steven Pratt made two free throws - he was 9 for 10 from the line - to put Sonoma up by three, Reggie Jones answered with a layup with 44 seconds left to made it a one-point game.
Determined to run as many seconds off the clock as possible, Sonoma State danced around the primary until Ronnie Sawyer stripped the ball from Sterling Arterberry with 10 seconds left to play. From the half court line, Sawyer saw a streaking Sam Marcus in front of the Stanislaus bench. Attempting to get a fast-break score, Sawyer sailed the pass well over Marcus out of bounds to give SSU the rock.
Still with a one-point game, Pratt got a chance at the line again, but he missed his second attempt with seven seconds left. However, the ball ended up in Pratt's hands after a scramble with four-tenths of a second left to play. Pratt made both freebies this time to seal the game.
Dan Daviess' three pointer with 1:22 left in the first half gave Stanislaus its biggest lead at 28-19. The Warriors took a 30-23 lead at halftime. But Sonoma State out-scored the Warriors 50-39 in the second half.
In the end, Jones finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead all players. Jones also had five assists and two blocked-shots. Donald Gaines scored 12 points and Ronnie Sawyer had 10 - both off the bench. Stanislaus got 24 points off the bench versus SSU's seven.
Four Seawolves scored in double-digits with Arterberry netting 17. Will Olsem and Justin Herold each had 15 and Pratt finished with 13. Pratt also had 12 assists, three of them came on three consecutive three-pointers by Sonoma State to start the second half.
Cal State Stanislaus will be home for a pair of games next weekend when the Warriors host San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona.