Mavs fall to Thunderwolves in Brown’s final game on sidelines
PUEBLO — Stephanie Delgado couldn’t choke back the tears Saturday night as she ended her Mesa State College basketball career.
“It’s a pretty emotional night for me,” she said. “We never gave up. Every game we came out and tried to show people we’re still here, you can’t take advantage of us.”
Outgoing coach Timi Brown was less emotional, but dejected she won’t have the chance to right the ship. The Mavericks (6-21, 3-16 RMAC) lost their season finale 79-58 at CSU-Pueblo.
“I told them that I’m proud of them,” Brown said of the talk after the game. “We dealt with a lot all season. Mentally, physically, we were never healthy. I think every kid in that locker room and both coaches could have quit and not come back. I’m proud that we didn’t quit. I think we could have fought to get a playoff spot but we had so much to deal with.”
Brown resigned Jan. 25 after five seasons and finished with a 58-77 record and two RMAC tournament appearances.
Delgado, who had 10 points and four rebounds in her final game, finished 24th all-time in scoring with 764 points and tied Celeste King’s career field goal percentage record of 54.7.
The role as the Mavs’ scoring leader wasn’t one she was expecting to take before the season began, but after losing three seniors, one junior and a couple of recruits, it was one she took on.
“People were questioning our inside game,” she said. “I took everything I learned and tried to show people you don’t have to have huge big bodies, you can still dominate the post game, go inside-outside.”
CSU-Pueblo’s show on senior night was stolen by a local sophomore, 5-foot-8 point guard Rachel Espinoza, who sliced through Mesa State’s defense time and time again for a game-high 23 points.
Espinoza sent the T-Wolves’ seniors out with a home win at Massari Arena. CSU-Pueblo (19-8, 13-6) hosts Metro State (14-13, 12-7) on Tuesday in the first round of the RMAC Shootout.