Tickets for the Oklahoma Warriors’ women’s minor league basketball home games at the Muskogee Civic Center will be available beginning Monday at the Civic Center box office and website.
Cost is $10 per person and kids 12 and under will be admitted free.
Initially the Oklahoma Tantaka, the Warriors will play in the Women’s Minor League Basketball Association as one of seven teams. The others are based in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Topeka, Kan., Louisiana and Georgia.
“We are very excited for the season and everyone is ready to play. This is going to be a great opportunity to display the women’s basketball talent in the region,” stated John Cruz, Muskogee Civic Center’s general manager, who was instrumental in saving the team from an ownership debacle last week.
The team will be self-owned and will work in coordination with the Civic Center management through a team board.
“The Warriors crew is dedicated, and determined to make it a great season,” Cruz said.
The first of four home games is Saturday, July 6 against the Georgia Classic, with the Dallas Lightning in town Friday, July 12. Topeka Shock is the home date on Sunday, July 14.
The final home game is Sunday, July 21 against Dallas.
There are six road games, starting with Dallas at Topeka on Saturday, June 22.
One of the more recognizable names is former Sequoyah and Kansas standout Angel Goodrich. The 5-foot-4 guard who played with the Tulsa Shock and Seattle Storm of the WNBA. She was also a multi-time All-Phoenix MVP in girls basketball, as well as Female Athlete of the Year. Additionally,she was named Female Athlete of the Decade by the Phoenix staff for the decade of the 00s.
Goodrich’s younger sister, Nikki Lewis, a 5-1 guard, played at Sequoyah then Connors State and Taber College in Kansas. She too was an All-Phoenix standout.
Bethany Hall, a 5-1 guard who played at Erie Community College, is a former Muskogee Rougher, playing there from 2009-12.
Shaunda Hagler, a 5-4 guard, Marjorie Bigpond, a 6-2 forward/center and Dametria Dawson, a 5-7 forward, all played at one point for Bacone. Hagler is also listed as playing at Western Oklahoma Community College.
Rounding out the roster is Shay Holmes, a 6-0 forward who played high school ball at Jenks before going on to Arkansas-Pine Bluff and then Europe; Shanicka Courtney, a 5-5 guard from Sapulpa who played at St. Gregory’s; Tonisha Dean of Garland, Texas, who played with Lewis at Taber College; Jordan Evans, a 6-2 center out of Sand Springs who played at Rogers State and Missouri-Kansas City, and Saranna Fewel, a 5-5 forward who played at Oklahoma School for the Deaf.
“There girls are amazing, their drive and passion for the game is unexplainable. You know dedication when you look at these Warriors. From late night practice sessions, to driving more than an hour away to do what they love. They are ready and excited to represent the great state of Oklahoma and Muskogee.” said Gena Maxwell, Oklahoma Warriors head coach.