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SAN FRANCISCO – A strong first quarter was not enough for the San Francisco State women’s basketball team as they fell to visiting Sonoma State, 77-57 on Saturday night. Tyiteyana Jefferson scored a season-high 21 points off a season-best three triples to lead all scorers. Kaleigh Pugh added ten for her third double-digit scoring performance of the season. Rachel Iozzia dropped nine and had a game-high eight assists, Erika Nilsen posted eight points, and Jhaina Stephens scored seven and had five boards. Nilsen drained a three to open up the scoring. The Gators (5-16/3-15 CCAA) put together a 9-0 run midway through the period, with Jefferson hitting a pair of threes, to go up 16-8 at the three-minute mark. Jessica Mitz’s jumper tied it at 17-all late in the first, and Jefferson knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to give SF State a 19-17 lead after one.
Jefferson for ??! Gators lead 15-8 here in the 1st quarter pic.twitter.com/J66QSgtwPz
— SF State Women’s Basketball (@SFState_WBB) February 11, 2018The Seawolves (10-12/7-11 CCAA) began the second quarter with three-quick points before Jefferson knocked down another free throw to tie it 20-20. Iozzia hit a triple off an assist from Nilsen to put the Gators up 26-24, and, following a Serena Santos three-pointer, Stephens dropped a jumper to put the hosts back up by one. Sonoma State created some distance late with back-to-back jumpers by Jerrica Crosby to go up 35-30 at the half. Another Iozzia three brought the Gators to within one, however the Seawolves went on a 14-0 run to go up 54-41 before Stephens hit a bucket to stop the bleeding in the third. Down 64-44 to start the fourth, Pugh hit a nice layup in the lane off an inbound pass from Amani Alexander. Sonoma State then put together another run of seven points to …