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.
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#.