Mesa, AZ - On the first night of action at the Mesa Classic, it was the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles who defeated the Mesa Thunderbirds, 61-53.
With two evenly matched teams, it made for an exciting first night. Mesa led after quarter one, 18-15, being led by Trae Frazier who scored five of her nine points in the first frame. It was a Golden Eagle second quarter though, as they outscored the T-Birds 16-6, with five of Mesa's six points coming from Leah Goodman. The T-Birds shot just 2-11 from the field in the second quarter and 1-4 from three.
Southern Idaho finished the final five minutes on a 11-4 scoring tilt and went into halftime with a 31-24 lead.
The T-Birds did outscore the Golden Eagles in the third quarter, 19-15, with Goodman leading the charge. It was Goodman's eight points, six of which came from the three, that helped Mesa cut the lead to 46-43. However for the T-Birds, though they kept it close throughout the second half, they just couldn't manage to take back a lead.
Mesa on the night shot 31.8 percent from the field and were six of 19 from three. The Golden Eagles out-rebounded the T-Birds, 48-31, with the Golden Eagles outscoring Mesa in the paint, 26-22.
Leah Goodman was the game's leading scorer with 21 points, knocking down five three pointers and accounting for two steals. Diamond Fuller had eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks while Takara Wade had five points and six assists. Courtney Colleary finished with five rebounds, five steals and three assists.
The T-Birds are 1-1 early in the season and will be back in action tomorrow on the final day of the Mesa Classic, with a 2 pm tipoff against GCU Club team, who lost earlier today to Cochise College, 90-25.