Sonoma Valley High alum Sarah Semenero saved her best game for the biggest stage, matching a career-high with 19 points for Cal Poly Pomona in the Broncos 78-65 quarterfinal loss to Northwest Missouri State in the NCAA Division II basketball finals March 22nd in St. Joseph Missouri.
Semenero went seven for 13 from the field in the loss, including nailing a trio of three-pointers and collecting three steals in the final game of her junior season. Semenero averaged 7.8 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game during the regular season.
The 5-9 junior guard helped Cal Poly reach the Elite 8 for the first time since 2002 and along the way the Broncos captured the California Collegiate Athletic Association and Division II West Regional titles.
At one point during the 2010-2011 season the Broncos won 14 games in a row and finished with a 28-5 record.
Semenero, a communication major, commented after the loss that falling behind early in the loss to MW Missouri contributed to the Broncos loss.
“With this team I knew that we had it in us from day one,” Semenero said, “because I knew Reyana (teammate Reyana Colson) was going to take us as far as she could. We hadn’t reached the Elite Eight in nine years. We fought hard, but like they said, we always were a second half team, and finally it caught up to us.”