Mesa, AZ - A valiant comeback effort by the Mesa Thunderbirds women's basketball team falls short Saturday afternoon as the T-Birds lost to Central Arizona, 71-67.
The T-Birds played solid basketball for three quarters but it was a cold first quarter that made the difference in the end. The Vaquera's took an 18-5 lead heading into the second quarter but a 21 point second quarter and 25 third quarter helped the T-Birds tie the game heading into the final 10 minutes.
Mesa had a chance to tie as the final seconds were ticking down but a missed three-pointer halted their final chance of overtime.
Cheyanne Begay finished with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists while Diamond Fuller finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Mesa will play away twice next week, first at Phoenix College on Wednesday night, beginning at 5:30 pm. Then they will travel to Glendale next Saturday for a 2 pm tipoff.