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Women's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 27, 2014
Ashley Engel was a senior leader in 2013-14
Ashley Engel was a senior leader in 2013-14

The Concordia women's basketball team improved in their non-conference play from the 2012-13 season, going 7-6 against non-conference opponents in the 2013-14 season. The Eagles struggled in the GSAC, finishing sixth, and lost in the first round of the GSAC Tournament to Westmont on March 5, in Santa Barbara, CA.

Concordia welcomed head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom to the program in 2013 from North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Eagles played a strong non-conference schedule in 2013 and collected six more wins than the previous season, including a five-game winning streak with victories against Montana Western on December 14, Lindenwood-Bellville (IL) on December 18, William Jessup on December 28, Simpson on December 29, and Whittier College on January 4 to close out 2013 and begin 2014.

"Overall it was a successful season, in the sense that I saw rapid improvement from a lot of our players," Stafford-Odom said.  "Myself and coach Chelsey Pinkstaff were successful in allowing our players to see a different aspect of collegiate basketball."

The Eagles extended their streak to six in a row by opening GSAC play with a win over Arizona Christian on January 16 at home. Concordia swept the season series against Arizona Christian and San Diego Christian, and took one-of-two from Biola. The Eagles stayed within eight of #7 The Master's, losing 83-91 on the road on February 11.

Junior Ashley Ellis (JR/Antioch, CA) led the Eagles in total scoring with 329 points, shooting .500 from the field and averaging 13.7 PPG and 6.2 RPG. Ellis set and tied a career-high 21 points three times, and she had back-to-back double-doubles against William Jessup and Simpson University. Freshman Brittany Stafford (FR/Redondo Beach, CA) was second in scoring with 283 points and averaged 10.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and led the team in blocks (28). Stafford scored a career-high 32 points against Whittier College, pulled down a career-best 15 boards against Westmont on March 5, scored 10+ points in 15 of her 27 appearances, and recorded three double-doubles on the year. Senior Ashley Engeln (SR/Laguna Hills, CA) played well for Concordia to close out her career, scoring 10+ points in nine of her 27 games. Engeln averaged 8.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 2.7 APG in her last season as an Eagle, and her 19 points and seven boards against Biola on February 22 helped power Concordia for the win. Sophomore Katie Ogdon (SO/Fresno, CA) returned for her second full season and averaged 8.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 2.0 APG for the Eagles. Ogdon scored 19 against La Sierra on November 13 and pulled down 11 boards against The Master's on February 11.

Carly Bishop (JR/Brea, CA) tied for 10th all-time on the career three-point field goal percentage list, shooting .336 with 87 makes in 259 tries.

The Eagles will look to improve in 2014-15 as they graduate only two players, Ashley Engeln and Carlisha Phillips (SR/Cypress, CA), both of whom were starting guards.  Coach Trisha Stafford-Odom is excited to hit the road, recruit, and mold her program.

"I am excited about the opportunity to bring in a core group of women who I believe already have a lot of my philosophy ingrained in them," Stafford-Odom said.  "I am excited to go out and entertain some players for Concordia who fit the system I believe in."


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