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Women's Basketball - Sun, Jan. 5, 2014

The Concordia Eagles kept moving forward on Saturday night, January 4, and finished their preseason schedule with a 6-4 record after a 92-85 win over NCAA DIII Whittier College in Whittier, CA.

Brittany Stafford scored a career-high 32 points and was the first Eagle to score 30 or more this year.  She is the first since Ashley Engeln scored 30 against Arizona Christian on January 8 of last year.  Stafford was extremely effective on Saturday, going 11-of-13 from the field and 10-of-14 from the line.  She added nine rebounds and six blocks to fill the stat line.  Jade Reed joined her with 20 points, a career-high for Reed.  Katie Ogdon was the final Eagle in double figures with 10.

The teams traded leads through the first five minutes and Concordia went up 17-14 at 15:07 on a three from Ogdon.  A layup from Ogdon two minutes later pushed the lead to six, but the Poets scored six straight to tie the game at 22.  A three-point play by Asia Auberry at the 5:27 mark put Concordia up 32-26.  A free throw from Ogdon with nine seconds left gave the Eagles a 47-39 halftime edge.  A jumper from Ogdon five minutes into the second half and Concordia was up nine, 58-49.  Two freebies from Engeln grew the advantage to 67-54 Concordia.  The Eagles refused to let the lead drop below 10 and two Ogdon free throws made it 87-73 with four minutes left, the Eagles largest lead of the game.  Whittier did not go away and cut the lead to four, 89-85, with 44 seconds left.  A late turnover doomed the Poets and Concordia won 92-85.

"Coach Chelsey Pinkstaff and I will continue to demand fewer turnovers and we need to limit our opponents first half scoring," head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom said.  "To see the pride we took in rebounding tonight was rewarding.  Our post players took it upon themselves to fill a huge gap.  Brittany Stafford was incredible from start to finish, a true combination of power and prowess.  Jade Reed played with a renewed passion that we will rely on from this point forward.  We are getting better."

Concordia improved to the aforementioned 6-4 record, while Whittier remained winless at 0-11.  Next up for the Eagles is conference play.  They start GSAC action on Thursday, January 16 at home at 5:30 pm against Arizona Christian.  Watch the live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#.