‘An Amazing Ride’: Women’s Basketball At NAIA Championships

When asked to summarize the OKWU women’s 2013-2014 basketball season so far, head coach Mark Molder had three words: “An amazing ride.”  The team has a remarkable closeness that has carried them through the ups and downs of this season, and right into the national tournament.
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The family-like atmosphere surrounding the team is something that Coach Molder takes pride in. “One of the main things that I have focused on is being a father figure to the girls. I want to be there for them during their journey through college, whether its basketball, academics, or spiritual matters.”
 The word “together” is another word Coach Molder had to describe this year’s team; “We have stuck together as a family, and that has gotten us through adversity; whether it be injuries or tough losses. We’ve had the success we have had because of the way that we stuck together through both the hard and the good things.”
Coach Molder attributes the current success the team is experiencing – an impressive 12-2 record, placing second in conference, and the bid to the NAIA II national tournament – to hard work. “We have had to work really hard to achieve everything that we have accomplished this year.”
Hopefully the hard work and the way that the Lady Eagles have stuck together as a family will pay off in a big way this coming week as they compete at the NAIA II National Tournament, in Souix City, Iowa, opposite Indiana Wesleyan University this Wednesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m.  Both semifinal games and the championship final will be broadcast in high definition on ESPN3.com.

NeuLion, the NAIA’s official video streaming company of 17 select NAIA National Championship events, will be broadcasting the first 28 games from Sioux City. An all-tournament pass (28 games) is available for $29.95, while a single day pass can be purchased for $9.95. For more information and to pre-register, click here.

For more information on the 2013 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, click here.


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