Home Struggles Continue As 'Cats Top Seawolves

rp_primary_rentschler_11.jpgA slow start turned into a long night for the Sonoma State women's basketball team as Chico State completed a season sweep of the Seawolves with a 64-44 win on Thursday at The Wolves' Den.

The Seawolves continued a season of turmoil at home, where they have won just once in ten games. Sonoma drops to 6-13, 4-11 CCAA with the loss while Chico improves to 14-5, 11-4 CCAA.

Though their only lead of the game would be at 2-0, the Seawolves hung with the Wildcats early on. Trailing just one at 12-11 with 12:47, the Seawolves had to suffer through a cold streak that saw them go scoreless for nearly seven minutes. In the process, Chico built up a 19-11 lead, which they would push to 27-15 by the end of the half.

The Seawolves couldn't do much on offense in the second half either, sinking to a 20 point lead by the 9:00 mark. The lead was as large as 23, before it settled at 20 in the final minute.

Sonoma State shot just 25.4% (15-for-59) from the field, their second-lowest output of the season. In their last two games, the Seawolves have hit just 31 of 123 shots (25.2%).

On the bright side, the Seawolves did a nice job on the boards, out-rebounding the Wildcats, 40-36. As they've been all year, Sonoma was particularly effective on their own glass, snagging 16 offensive rebounds.

Aly Conway paced the Seawolves with 13 points. She also snatched six rebounds and was perfect from the field (4-for-4). Though she'd be held scoreless, Taylor Vigil had seven rebounds and Kristina Fahey posted eight points and five boards.

Taylor Lydon had a big night for Chico, tying a career-high with five three-pointers on her way to a game-high 15 points. Katie Girten also scored in double digits, supplying 13 off the bench. Courtney Hamilton had a game-high eight assists.

The Seawolves will host Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday evening before heading out on the road for two weeks.

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