Explosive 2nd Half Propels Lady T-Birds Past North Idaho College, 86-72

Cheyenne Begay recorded 24 points and 10 assists in Mesa's victory over North Idaho College Friday night. (Photo by Aaron Webster)
Cheyenne Begay recorded 24 points and 10 assists in Mesa's victory over North Idaho College Friday night. (Photo by Aaron Webster)

Mesa, AZ - With a 14 point victory Friday night, the #4 Mesa Thunderbirds finally notched its first win of the season, 86-72, over the Cardinals of North Idaho College.

Leading the way for the Thunderbirds was sophomore point guard, Cheyenne Begay, who registered a double-double, scoring 24 points to go along with 10 assists.  Coming off her ACCAC DII Player of the Week honor, sophomore Diamond Fuller also contributed a double-double, scoring 18 points while pulling down 12 rebounds.

The T-Birds however trailed at halftime, 30-29, but a dominate last couple minutes of the third quarter that continued into the fourth quarter helped Mesa propel to its first win of the season.  The T-Birds outscored the Cardinals 37-25 in the fourth quarter alone, Begay leading the charge with 11 points and six assists alone in the quarter.

All-in-all, every Mesa player scored on the night as the T-Birds shot 45.7 percent (32-70) from the field while connecting on seven three-pointers on the night.

Mesa will be back in action next Tuesday night at home when they face an ACCAC opponent in the Tohono O'odham Jegos, beginning at 5:30 pm.

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