Enid News and Eagle
MIDLAND, Texas — —
A slow start proved to be too much to overcome for Northern Oklahoma College Enid in a 70-63 first-round loss to Odessa (Texas) College at the Midland College National Invitational Tournament Thursday.
The Wranglers raced out to a 37-24 halftime lead and didn’t look back in ending the Lady Jets (4-3) three-game winning streak.
NOC Enid plays College of Southern Idaho at 2 p.m. today in a consolation game.
Marisha Wallace had 17 points to lead the Lady Jets. Rylie Swanson had 15 and Christa Beasler 10. Natalia Gavryliuk led Odessa with 19.
“We buried ourselves too deep in the first half,’’ said NOC Enid coach Scott Morris.” We played with a lot of energy in the second half, but we have to come out ready to go for the tip. This is a crucial flaw we have to correct.’’
Odessa shot the ball well in the first half and controlled the boards.
“This tournament is extremely loaded with talent,’’ Morris said. “That’s why we can’t start slowly.’’
Odessa’s defense “swarmed’’ Wallace, who signed with Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
“Marsiha had an outstanding game to get 17 in those circumstances,’’ Morris said. “The other girls have got to take the pressure off her. It’s taking them too long to adjust.’’
College of Southern Idaho lost to Trinity Valley (Texas) Thursday.
“They are another outstanding team,’’ Morris said.