This week’s athlete of the week is UMC Women’s Basketball player, Isieoma
Odor, a 6’0 sophomore post from Bloomington Kenedy High School.
Isieoma is coming off a tremendous weekend where she was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division Player of the Week after she averaged 20.5 points and 9 rebounds off the bench in games against Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State.
She had 22 points and nine boards while making 10-of-11 shots and she added two assists against St. Cloud State on Saturday and she scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds while making 7-of-10 shots against Minnesota Duluth on Friday. Odor was an outstanding 17-of-21 (81 percent) from the field on the weekend.
On Tuesday, Isieoma had another great game, scoring 21 points while grabbing six rebounds and three block shots. “She is playing great basketball for us right now,” said UMC Coach Mike Roysland. “She has been big for us and we have a good 1-2 punch with her Emily (Gruber) in the post and they have been a big part of our recent success.”
Isieoma has had a great sophomore season, averaging 12 points, 8 rebounds and almost 2 blocks per game and has been a force in the paint for the Golden Eagles. She is a strong young lady and seems to get better every game. She is aggressive on the offensive and defensive end and it shows by the average of just shy of three fouls a game.
During her redshirt Freshman year, Isieoma played 17 minutes per game and played in all 28 games and go stronger as the year progressed. She averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds per game and had the game winning shot vs Minnesota State Mankato last year. Odor had a season high 11 rebounds against Wayne State and had a big game with 15 points and six rebounds in the second round of the NSIC tournament last year.
In her first year on campus she had played in the first six games of the year and suffered a season ending knee injury while averaging 6 points and 4 rebounds per game. Since she had only played in six games the NCAA allowed her to get a medical red-shirt year and she will get a full four years of eligibility.
In High School, Isieoma was a captain for Bloomington Kenedy High School Girls basketball and 7 points and 5 rebounds per game as a junior. She also played volleyball her senior year and was also an Ignite Mentor in high school where she mentored freshman.
At UMC she is active with Student Orientation Services, Student Conduct Committee, and the National Honor Society and Leadership.
First started playing basketball- Fourth Grade
What do you feel is the strongest part of your game – Rebounding
Part of your game that needs work – Shooting outside of the paint
Toughest basketball player you’ve ever faced – Clarissa Ober from South
Biggest thrill in your athletic career so far- Making the game-winning shot against MSU Mankato
Do you have a pre-game ritual – I just sit back, get my ankles taped and listen to my music
Favorite gym - UMC. Lysaker Gym! Our fans are always great!
Favorite sport - Basketball
Favorite sports team – Dallas Cowboys
Favorite athlete - Anthony Davis
Last movie you’ve seen - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Favorite TV program – Grey's
Favorite food - Jollof Rice (Nigerian Rice)
What music are you listening to – Anything I can sing along to
Something about you that people don’t know – I am a firm believer that cleaning is therapeutic
Your stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you – Rodney Stewart, my mom, and someone that knows how to survive in the wilderness
Plans after graduation – Move down South and start my career working with juveniles
Dad – Howard (Retention Officer at Normandale Community College)
Mom- Pamela (Director of Operation at United Healthcare)
Sister – Ifeoma Odor (22)
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