The Notre Dame de Namur women’s basketball team opened up the season with an 88-67 loss to Sonoma State at the PacWest/CCAA Challenge hosted by the Argonauts. The Argos started slow, falling behind in the first half before a great third quarter cut the deficit. However, the Seawolves closed strong to hold off NDNU despite the Argos forcing 29 turnovers.
The Argos struggled with foul trouble in the second as three starters sat the majority of the quarter while Sonoma State lengthened their margin. The Seawolves outscored NDNU 20-10 in the period to take a commanding 23 point lead into the break. “It didn’t matter what the score was at that time, I still believed our ladies would come back and take the lead” stated Nick Kussman.
After the break the Argos could not seem to cut into the lead as SSU kept their advantage over 20. However, trailing by 24 with less than four minutes in the quarter NDNU made their move. The Argos ripped off a 16-2 run, including the last ten points of the quarter to close within 11 at 62-51.
NDNU used a suffocating press to close the gap, forcing nine turnovers in a four minute span leading to several easy layups. Sonoma State settled down in the fourth, opening up on a 12-2 run to put the game away.
The Argos shot 46% in the second half after opening the game by shooting just 25% in the first half. They went cold from long distance, hitting just 5 of 26 from 3-point range. The Seawolves meanwhile hit at a 56% clip. NDNU did force 29 Sonoma State turnovers, including 11 in the third quarter on their way to 16 steals for the game. Compliments still arose from the crowd, A Mom stated “I’m proud of them for staying in the game. It is still early in the season too so I’m not worried all.”