Tucson, AZ - Never give up. Never surrender. Keep fighting.
Just a few of the words #6 Mesa Thunderbirds Head Coach Kori Stephenson was yelling at her team as they saw themselves behind throughout most of the game at Pima Saturday afternoon. With Mesa's never-say-die attitude, they overcame Aztec leads as much as 12 at one point to defeat their long time conference rival, 74-69, to claim the #1 spot in the Region I - ACCAC DII Tournament.
Down at halftime, 39-35, Mesa trusted the game plan and executed late when they needed it most. Not only executing the game plan but solidifying their defense also helped the T-Birds get the big win.
Mesa is now 23-6 overall and 18-3 in ACCAC play. They will have one more regular season game at home against Phoenix College next Tuesday night at 5:30 pm. Region I - ACCAC DII Tournament play begins on March 6th, with Mesa hosting against a team yet to be determined. The Championship game will then be played on Saturday, March 10th at the highest seed. Continue to check mesatbirdsports.com for updates to the tournament schedule.