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Sonoma State stuns UAA women’s basketball team

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: December 19, 2017
  • Published December 19, 2017

The battle between Seawolves turned into an upset Tuesday night in Sonoma, California.

The Sonoma State Seawolves, a team with a losing record, stunned the previously undefeated UAA Seawolves 68-58 in a nonconference women's basketball game.

Sonoma State outshot and outrebounded the Seawolves to take down the second-ranked team in Division II women's basketball.

The Seawolves (10-1 overall) grabbed a 5-0 lead on two quick baskets but only made three baskets the rest of the half.

They trailed 15-11 after the first quarter and 35-19 at halftime and weren't able to cut Sonoma's lead to single digits until the final two minutes of the game.

UAA guard Rodericka Ware scored eight of her team-high 16 points in the final 1:39, but the closest UAA came to catching Sonoma State was six points, 64-58, with 45 seconds remaining.

Poor shooting derailed UAA in the first half. After forcing turnovers to set up a Shelby Cloninger layup and Tara Thompson 3-pointer, the Seawolves led 5-0 96 seconds into the game. Over the next 18 minutes and 24 seconds, UAA was 3 of 26 from the field.

The Seawolves improved to 50 percent (13 of 26) in the second half and outscored Sonoma State 39-33, but trailed by double digits nearly the entire time.

Cloninger finished with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals before fouling out.

Hannah Wandersee and Thompson both finished with nine points but neither shot well – Wandersee was 2 of 11 and Thompson, who was coming off an 8-of-12 shooting effort in a Saturday win over Notre dame de Namur, was 3 of 9.

Sonoma State (4-5) shot 47.7 percent for the game (UAA was 32.7) and held a 40-23 edge on the boards. Carly Gill sank 11 of 12 free throws to lead the Californians with 16 points, and Ugochi Anudokem added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Sonoma held a 21-16 edge at the foul line, hitting 21 of 26 while UAA sank 16 of 24

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