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Tuesday, Nov 19 2013 07:04 PM

'Runners host Concordia in home opener tonight

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Cal State Bakersfield's women's head basketball coach Greg McCall, photographed in 2011.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Rebounding improvement has been the main focus of Greg McCall the past nine days.

McCall, the Cal State Bakersfield women's basketball coach, will lead his Roadrunners into their home opener tonight when Bakersfield hosts Concordia-Irvine in the Icardo Center at 7 p.m.

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Concordia-Irvine (1-3) at CSUB (0-2)

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Icardo Center

Series: CSUB leads 1-0

Last meeting: CSUB won 90-63, Jan. 7, 2011

"We've been working on boxing out rebounders," McCall said of his 0-2 Roadrunners, who began their season with back-to-back one-sided losses to Oregon State and Oregon.

"We also want to close on 3-point shooters," McCall added. "We've been able to score, but we still want to work on our offense."

CSUB lost its Nov. 9 season opener at Oregon, 131-91, and two days later lost 80-49 at Oregon State.

"We just want to continue to get better," McCall said. "Concordia is a pretty good team. They've got a big girl (6-foot-4 Ashley Ellis), so they're big on the inside and they've got a couple of good outside shooters."

Concordia, an NAIA program, is 1-3 and coming off its first win, 77-71 over La Sierra University last Wednesday. It had narrow losses against CSUB's former Division II rivals Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles.

CSUB will be missing 6-foot-4 junior center Janae Coffee, who won't be academically eligible until later this month when the fall quarter grading period ends.

"She does make things easier for us," McCall said. "We're very excited about getting her back. She'll help out with our rebounding and gives us a lot of depth."

Freshman Brittany Sims, a 6-foot-3 forward, and 6-2 sophomore forward Betabe Zempare have been CSUB's primary inside players in Coffee's absence.

The top Roadrunner scorer has been junior guard Tyonna Outland, who has 23 and 20 points in CSUB's two games.

A former teammate of Coffee's at Clovis West High, guard Katie Ogdon, leads Concordia in scoring (13.5) and assists (14).

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