Molder: “Our Staff Knew We Had A Special Group of Young Women”

Nichole Tate
Sophomore Guard Nichole Tate of the Lady Eagles in Action.

Bartlesville, OK — Mark Molder had confidence in his team from day one, but the Oklahoma Wesleyan University women’s basketball coach admits that his team exceeded all expectations thus far this season.

A coach can often tell when they have special athletes, and the Oklahoma Wesleyan head coach and his staff revealed they identified this about their group from the first day of preseason.

“Our staff knew we had a special group of young women when the season started,” Molder said.

“We thought there’d be a chance to be successful and to see it all come together this year has been fun.”

But there were obstacles in the way.

When the Lady Eagles dropped their season opener at home to Friends University on Oct. 30, it hurt, but the vision was still there. 

Losing one of their best defensive players and rebounder, Jordan Griffith because of a broken foot, after just nine games in the season, was tough to take, but the coaches remained unmoved.

The expression on the face of assistant coach Ashley Jones after hearing the news of Griffith was heartbreaking, but even then she still believed the Lady Eagles had enough quality to pull through.

And that confident appeared to have transferred over to the players, as the Lady Eagles went on a 10 game winning streak, including back-to-back wins over MCAC rivals Saint Mary to outline their intentions of having a productive season and it paid off.

Molder said: “I think the season has exceeded expectations.

“While we knew there’d be a chance to have success we had no idea the journey God would take us on.

“These girls have done a great job and represented God, OKWU, and our team in an amazing way.”

OKWU went 15-1 in MCAC regular season and is heading to Iowa with a 24-5 over record record on the season.