Video by Angel Alvarez, OKWU Junior Communication Major
Exciting times lie ahead for both Oklahoma Wesleyan’s women’s and men’s basketball teams. These teams have worked hard all season and have the records to prove it.
The Lady Eagles have had an immaculate year. They won the MCAC Conference Champion title and finished the season ranked at 16th in the nation. They are now advancing to the 22nd Annual State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship with a 24-5 record. This week, women’s basketball team is in Iowa preparing to play against College of Idaho on Wednesday night at 9:15 p.m. This marks the first time in OKWU history that the Lady Eagles have advanced to the NAIA tournament.
Mark Molder, second year Head Coach for women, is thankful to be working with the Lady Eagles. Molder shared the spotlight with College of the Ozarks head coach George Wilson for the “Phil Homeratha” Women’s Co-Coaches of the Year award. He plans to continue encouraging the team to perform well in this post season saying, “Like all season, we want to play to glorify God and have no regrets after every game.”
Selected in the All-MCAC Team for the season were twin sisters Delaney and Megan Jones and sophomore Nichole Tate. Megan was also awarded MCAC Co-Newcomer of the Year. Lady Eagles’ freshman point guard, Courtney Backward, earned Honorable Mention All-MCAC Team and shared the MCAC Co-Freshmen of the Year award.
The men’s basketball team were also awarded for their perseverance this year. Devin Harris picked up the MCAC Newcomer of the Year award and was also selected in the All-MCAC Team. Brian James and Tyler Woods also received Honorable Mentions in the All-MCAC Team.
This Thursday, March 7th, the men’s team is scheduled to play against South Nazarene in the NCCAA Regionals. If the men win, they will advance to the NCCAA National Tournament in Indiana.
Support the team by going to watch the woman’s basketball game tonight showing in upper Drake from 9pm-11pm!