Mesa State’s Brown committed to strong finish

Over the past several weeks, Timi Brown came to a realization.

The Mesa State College women’s basketball coach realized the program hasn’t made steps in the right direction, which prompted her to resign, effective after the season, her fifth at the college.

“As a head coach, you’ve got to make sure it’s the right fit,” Brown said. “The school has got to make sure of that, too.

“Professionally, I’ve got to take care of myself. One reason I took this job was to figure out what level I want to coach at. For that, I’m grateful. I’m excited about the opportunities ahead of me.”

Brown wants to coach at the level she played, Division I, where she is the University of Arizona’s all-time leading scorer.

“I’ve already gotten a couple phone calls,” Brown said. “I will take time to evaluate where I want to be and explore my options. I don’t fear change; I welcome it. I’m excited about it.”

Until then, she will focus on helping the Mavericks win as many of their 10 remaining regular-season games as possible.

Mesa State (4-13, 1-8 RMAC) looks to build off last week’s win against New Mexico Highlands, which snapped an 11-game losing streak, at 6 tonight at Western State. The Mavs’ 68-39 win over Highlands was their second-largest margin of victory this season.

“With a game (today), it’s a quick turnaround after last weekend,” Mesa State senior Stephanie Delgado said. “We usually play pretty well at Western. Hopefully with the win Friday night, we have confidence (and) we can get a road win.”

Western State (9-8, 5-4 RMAC) is also playing with confidence.

The Mountaineers are on a four-game winning streak, including wins over N.M. Highlands and CSU-Pueblo last weekend.

“They are tough on their home floor,” Brown said of Western State. “We’ll be aggressive defensively and pick them up full-court. We’ll try to take their guards out of things. We have a size advantage, which I haven’t said often this year.”

The lack of height, injuries and a bunch of new faces this season created a big challenge for the Mavericks this season.

“We’ve had adversity all year long,” Brown said. “I’ve learned to deal with it. It’s been a great learning experience.

“With adversity comes character. We’ll finish with kids that believe in me. The school has supported me over the years. I’ve never quit on anything and I think we’ve proved that throughout my time here.”

The Mavericks don’t plan to quit, either.

“We’ll try to keep learning,” Delgado said. “The offense is starting to develop. On Friday night, we started getting the flow of things. The ball found everybody. We should definitely carry that through the last 10 games.”


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