Bartlesville, Okla. — The Oklahoma Wesleyan University Women’s basketball program is coming off a very successful 2012-13 season, which saw the team achieving numerous first time awards.
The Lady Eagles won 24 games (a school record), on its way to winning the school’s first ever MCAC conference championship, while advancing to the NAIA National tournament for the first time as well.
With such a successful campaign last term, the ladies are now eager for the upcoming season to arrive and head coach Mark Molder has announced his 2013-14 schedule, one which is shaping up to bring lots of excitement.
The upcoming schedule includes contest against six NAIA DI teams, and seven contests against opponents who qualified for the NAIA Division II tournament last season. Highlighting the non-conference schedule are games against Southwestern College (KS), John Brown University, Evangel University, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Friends University, Texas Wesleyan and the second year of the OKWU Hilton Garden Inn and Suites Classic.
Despite the rigorous non-conference schedule, the Lady Eagles will also be focusing on MCAC conference rivals College of St Mary’s and College of the Ozarks, as they seek to land back-to-back Conference titles.
“Our goal has always been to focus on the little things, stay humble, and be the toughest team on the court while honoring God,” head coach Molder said.
“Attitude and effort are a choice and we hope to perform better than our opponents every night in those areas. Preparing to enjoy adversity and learning from it are the keys to how we’ll keep getting better until the end.
“We hope to build on what we accomplished last year, and give God the glory the entire season,” Molder added.
The Lady Eagles return all five of its starters from last season in Kayla Oleman, Megan Jones, Delaney Jones, Nichole Tate, and Courtney Backward.
Tate and Megan Jones are being tipped to do lots of the damage against this season, with the latter looking to follow up the success of the 12-13 season, which earned her third team NAIA All-American honors.
Tate earned NCCAA All-American honors for the second straight year.
“Our staff worked hard in recruiting, and I think we have added the toughness and depth we needed to take another step in the right direction,” Molder revealed.
“We have some talented young women and I encourage people in the community who have not seen us play to come out and see for themselves.
“Our kids play hard and most people are surprised at the talent level of small college basketball.”
October 29th the Lady Eagles climb begins as they take on Friends University. For a complete copy of the 2013-14 schedule and all of OKWU athletic team’s schedules visit www.okwu.edu/athletics.