January 31, 2023

The Midland College women’s basketball team found a way to beat a rival Monday night despite not showing their best game.

The Lady Chaparrals overcame 26 turnovers by hitting some hard outside shots on the stretch in a 66-61 win over Odessa College at the Chaparral Center.

Freshman guard Janay Quinn scored 10 of their 16 points in the crucial fourth quarter as MC (9-11, 4-2 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference) came from a 45-43 deficit early in the period.

Tinu Fakunle led MC with 17 points (15 in the first half) before fouling, Desiree Smith had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Frida Schmidt added 11 points.

“This is a really important win for us,” said MC coach Ron Jones. “We still make a lot of mistakes. I thought we had a good game plan and I thought (the Lady Chaparrals) executed it well. We just gave away so many possessions with the sales. The pressure makes us do some undisciplined things and hopefully we can learn from that. The important thing is that we won.”

Schmidt, one of just four sophomores on the team, said her team was energized to have one of the biggest crowds of the season.

“It was great and definitely helped,” said Schmidt. “I think even at half-time we talked about things that didn’t work out and as a team we came together and picked each other up. Even towards the end people came from the bank to help others. All in all I think we did a good job as a team to get the win.”

Turnovers, particularly in the first half, kept the Lady Wranglers (9-6, 2-2) in the game and eventually gave them a 27-25 half-time advantage.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been turning the ball with pressure all year,” Jones said. “We turned the ball 17 times in the first half and nine times in the second. I can think of four in the second half where it “They were casual turnovers. We will continue to work on it every day and try to be better.”

Jones ended up saying his team only fired shots when it counted.

“We knew that if we didn’t flip these recordings, they would be available,” he said. “Too often against that pressure we made one pass instead of two or three passes. That makes a big difference if you get an open shot or an extra shot.”

Isamery Agramonte and Nathawa Diarra Berthe each had a 14-point lead over OC.

Lady Chaps will be open on Thursday before heading to Levelland to play first place runners-up South Plains College on January 30th.

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MIDLAND COLLEGE 66, ODESSA COLLEGE 61

Odessa College (9-6, 2-2) – Nahva Diarra Berthe 6-9 1-2 14, Chelsy Bautista 2-7 2-2 6, Ivana Krajina 3-9 0-0 8, Ismaery Agramonte 4-8 3- 3 14, Khaniah Garner 3-10 3-4 9, Cailynn Dilosa 0-1 0-0 0, Jocylen Coleman 1-1 0-0 2, Tia Shelling 1-6 0-2 3, Natalie Lara 2-3 0- 0 5, Tanila Marshall 0-1 0-0 0, Fanta Daffe 0-3 0-0 0. Overall 22-58 9-13 61

Midland College (9-11, 4-2) – Desiree Smith 4-13 2-2 11, Janay Quinn 5-10 3-4 16, Tinu Fakunle 7-12 1-1 17, Franka Kraus 1-7 0-0 2, Frida Schmidt 4-6 0-0 11, Luka Wouters 0-0 0-0 0, Taja Stephens 2-5 0-0 6, Safena Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Savana Goodson 0-0 0-0 0, Luisa Anderegg 1-3 14 3, Nikki Sainsbury 0-0 0-0 0. Overall 24-56 7-11 66

Odessa College 9 19 15 18 — 61

Midland College 13 12 20 21 — 66

3 point goals – OC 8-23 (Agramonte 3-6, Krajina 2-6, Diarra Berthe 1-3, Shelling 1-5, Lara 1-1, Daffe 0-2), MC 11-28 (Quinn 3 – 7, Schmidt 3:5, Fakunle 2:5, Stephens 2:5, Smith 1:1, Kraus 0:4, Anderegg 0:1). Total Fouls – OC 14, MC 16. Fouled – Fakunle. Rebounds – OC 27 (Bautista 7, Garner 7), MC 35 (Smith 12). Assists – OC 6 (Shelling 2), MC 18 (Smith 4, Smith 4). Turnovers – OC 26, MC 15.

2022-23 WJCAC Women’s Basketball World Ranking

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South Plains 4 0 10 7

Clarendon College 3 2 19 2

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