The Concordia Eagles got back on the winning track on Thursday, January 23, with an 81-73 road win over CSU San Marcos in San Marcos, CA.
A three from Ashley Engeln two minutes in gave Concordia the early 6-4 lead. Brittany Stafford hit a jumper and Jade Reed finished a layup as Concordia led 12-7. Concordia stayed in front, but San Marcos closed to 20-17 at the 11:33 mark. A jumper from Stephanie Larson one minute later extended the lead back to five. The Cougars fought back and briefly led 25-24, but a jumper from Nikki Kraus saw Concordia regain the lead. A Cougar free throw at 3:57 tied the game at 30. San Marcos pulled ahead 32-30, but a three-point play from Ashley Ellis put the Eagles back on top and they would not trail again. Concordia finished the half on a 10-5 run to lead 43-37 at the half.
It was back and forth early in the second half, but three straight from Asia Auberry put Concordia up 11, 52-41, five minutes in. A three point play by Carlisha Phillips, followed by a three from Carly Bishop, saw Concordia lead 60-43 at the 13:47 mark, their largest lead of the game. San Marcos used the next four minutes to go on a 6-18 run to cut it to five. It was down to three, 70-67, with four minutes left. The Eagles held their lead and salted the game away at the free throw stripe to win 81-73.
The Eagles improved to 8-6, while San Marcos fell to 8-15. Concordia will finish their three-game week on Saturday, January 25, at 5:30 pm against San Diego Christian inside Concordia Arena. Watch the live stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cui.portal#.