Saturday afternoon was the final game of the season for the Weber State University women’s basketball team. It was also the final game of the careers of seniors Caela Mohre, Mikell Woodfield and Karlee Weight.
Mohre came to WSU in 2007 from Edon Northwest High School in Blakeslee, Ohio. After sitting out the season as a redshirt, Mohre played in 27 games during the 2008-09 season as a redshirt freshman. She averaged just less than eight minutes per game while averaging two points per game. The following year, she played in every game off of the bench, averaging more than three points and an assist per game in 29 games.
Her junior year saw her start eight games and average more than seven points and three assists per game. Unfortunately, after suffering a stress fracture in her foot, she ended up missing the remainder of the season.
This season saw Mohre come back unhindered by her injury, as she started 23 games for the Wildcats, averaging a team-high 31 minutes played per game. Mohre also led the team in assists with 93 and turnovers with 90, while also making 32 3-point field goals, second-most on the team. Mohre finished her career with 428 points in 91 games.
One of her favorite moments Mohre remembers from her career came last season during the Air Force tournament in Colorado Springs. Mohre said she will always remember hitting the game-winning shot in the 51-49 win over Bryant University.
Mohre, who recieved her degree in criminal justice, said one of the best things from her career at WSU is the people she’s met.
“I have met some great girls on the team,” Mohre said, “and they will be my sisters for life.”
Woodfield graduated from LaGrande High School in 2007 as class valedictorian. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, Woodfield played in 16 games off the bench, averaging almost five minutes per game. In her sophomore year, she finished third on the team in rebounding, averaging almost four per game, and had the second-highest shooting percentage for the team.
Woodfield said her favorite memory from her career was when the team defeated Brigham Young University during the 2009-10 season. She said she won’t forget about the win and the team’s jokes from it.
Woodfield is currently working on finishing a Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies, emphasizing in zoology, sociology and psychology. After she has completed her degree, she talked of moving to Idaho to be closer to family, and maybe going to graduate school. The Oregon native said her time at WSU has helped her grow as a person.
“I’ve learned so many life lessons as a player and things I’ll take with me for the rest of my life,” Woodfield said. “It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Utah native Weight started playing right away for WSU after graduating from Timpview High School in 2007. During her sophomore year, Weight played in all 29 games for WSU, as she ended up leading the team in field goal percentage.
As a junior, Weight suffered a knee injury during fall camp that caused her to miss the entire season. Last season as a redshirt junior, she played in 12 games and averaged just more than four rebounds and two assists per game before missing the final two months due to a knee injury.
Weight said her favorite memory was when the Wildcats beat BYU in her freshman year. She said it was a big deal for her, coming from Utah County.
Weight is planning on graduating in April, majoring in elementary education. She said she is thinking of moving back home and looking for a job teaching children.
“I’ve had a great experience here,” Weight said. “I love playing basketball and I love being with my team. I’m glad I was able to be a part of it.”
Head Coach Bethann Ord praised her seniors, saying she truly wished she could have at least one more year to coach them.
“Caela was a true leader, working hard every day in practice and in games,” Ord said, “and Mikell gave everything she had, in the classroom and on the basketball court.”
Assistant Coach Heath Alexander said he has enjoyed working with the three seniors, and is thankful for the chance he had to meet them.
“They are fantastic basketball players,” Alexander said, “and even better, they are fantastic people.”