The Concordia Eagles picked up a win on Senior Night, 89-81, as they honored Asia Auberry (SR, Fontana, CA), Carlisha Phillips (SR, Cypress, CA), and Ashley Engeln (SR, Laguna Hills, CA). In their last game at CU Arena, the seniors picked up the win.
On the night, six Eagles scored in double figures. Ashley Engeln led with 19, hitting four threes. Brittany Stafford (FR, Redondo Beach, CA) and Carlisha Phillips each chipped in 13. Ashley Ellis (JR, Antioch, CA) scored 12, Katie Ogdon (SO, Fresno, CA) scored 11, and Carly Bishop (JR, Brea, CA) had 10. The Eagles were out-rebounded 47-31, but shot 46%, holding Biola to 38%. The Eagles also hit five more threes than Biola.
Concordia came out of the gates slow as Biola scored the first nine points. That lead continued to grow and Concordia trailed 16-4 five minutes in. Carly Bishop hit a three at 14:14 to make it 18-10. A layup from Ashley Ellis via Katie Ogdon on a fastbreak made it 21-16 Biola. A three-point play by Brittany Stafford kept it at five, 25-20, and Ashley Engeln hit a three to cut it to two. Ellis hit a step-back jumper at the seven-minute mark to pull within one, 28-29. Engeln converted in transition on the next possession to take the lead, their first of the game. Reed hit Bishop for a three to make it 35-29 Eagles. The Eagles kept adding on and led 39-29 after two Bishop free throws with three minutes left. The Eagles went to the locker room up 47-33.
The teams traded baskets through the first two minutes, and Stafford picked up her fourth foul at 17:58. Biola hit a three, but Engeln hit a contested three at the other end, and Phillips hit her own three on the next possession. The Eagles led 61-48, but Biola closed to 61-52 at the 12:02 mark. Auberry responded with a three. Ellis hit an elbow jumper at 9:25 and it was 70-56 Concordia. Biola pulled within 10 with five minutes left. It was down to seven after a three-point play by Biola. Katie Ogdon put it back at 10 with a three. Engeln hit a step back three to push it back to 13. Biola started fouling with 1:30 left, the Eagles made enough foul shots, and won 89-81.
Concordia improved to 11-13 and 4-8 in the GSAC, while Biola fell to 11-17 and 6-6 in conference. The Eagles are on the road next week for the final week of the regular season, starting at No. 9 Westmont on Tuesday, February 25 at 5:30 pm.