The Concordia Eagles turned around and beat Arizona Christian for the second time in three nights on Monday night, February 25, 84-62, in the First Round of the GSAC Tournament inside CU Arena.
Katie Ogdon was a force for Concordia on Monday, with 21 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. She was two-of-five from deep and eight-of-17 from the field. Melody Chavez scored 15 points and Camesha Patton had 12 points and seven boards. In all, 11 Eagles scored. They dominated the glass, 53-37, and shot 42%, compared to 35% for Arizona Christian.
The game was tight early on, as the squads played to a tie at 11 seven minutes in. Concordia took a four-point lead on a layup from Patton and two free throws from Abby Lange. Concordia held that lead until Arizona Christian went up 20-19 at the 9:46 mark. The teams continued to trade leads until Jade Reed made two from the stripe to put Concordia up 27-26 with five minutes left in the half, as Concordia would not trail again. Concordia scored eight straight after that, led by a three from Chavez, and led 39-32 at the half.
Arizona Christian cut the lead to three, 43-40, four minutes into the second half. Ogdon responded with a three, as Concordia scored seven of the next nine points. They held the ten-point advantage, until a jumper from Patton sparked a 13-0 run capped by two freebies from Ashley Engeln to put Concordia up 70-47 with 6:29 remaining. Coach Jenny Hansen cleared her bench and reserve Sam Bodle came in ready and dropped back-to-back threes late.
Concordia won 24-9 in points off turnovers, 36-16 in the paint, 22-8 in second chance points, 16-3 in fastbreak points, and 30-5 in bench points. Concordia improved to 8-20, while Arizona Christian dropped to 4-23 as their season comes to an end. Concordia moves on to the quarterfinals of the GSAC Tournament, Wednesday night, February 27 at San Diego Christian at 7:30 pm. Watch the live stream at http://www.sdcchawks.com/SIDHelp/mediaSchedule.php.