Sports UpdateSpring 2014

Greyhound sports: Spring 2014

Men’s basketball

Reece-photo-2The UIndy men’s basketball team enjoyed one of its best seasons this year. The Greyhounds captured the 2014 GLVC East Division title while notching their third straight 20-win season and securing a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth—all program firsts. The team’s primary strengths came from its up-tempo play and willingness to share the basketball. In mid-March, UIndy ranked 10th in all of Division II in scoring offense and 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio. Six Hounds averaged nine points per game or better to provide a balanced scoring attack. UIndy racked up four regular-season wins against ranked teams, including an 81–79 road win at No. 2 Bellarmine on January 16 and a convincing 92–67 win victory against 20th-ranked Southern Indiana on February 20. In an 85–59 rout of visiting Rockhurst on January 9, senior Reece Cheatham became the 36th player to score 1,000 career points in a Greyhound uniform. The Indianapolis native, who amassed 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting on the night, drained back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to surpass quadruple digits for his career (see page 27). Meanwhile, sixth-year head coach Stan Gouard hit a milestone of his own, becoming UIndy’s fifth men’s basketball coach to win 100 games at the University with the team’s 75–73 last-second win versus Truman State. The season came to an end on March 16 after the No. 2-seed Greyhounds fell 82–76 to sixth-seeded Michigan Tech. UIndy seniors Cheatham, Leland Brown, Joe Daniels, Jared Grady, and Tyrae Robinson combined to help the Hounds to an 83–32 record in their time at UIndy, setting a school record for the most wins in a four-year period. UIndy finished the season 24–5 to notch the second-highest win total in the program’s history.

Women’s basketball

The women’s basketball squad began the 2013–14 season ranked 20th and also received votes in the USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Poll. Coming off consecutive 19-win regular seasons, head coach Constantin Popa brought back three starters and 10 letterwinners. After dropping their opener to then-No. 5 Emporia State, the Greyhounds reeled off 14 wins in 15 games, including an 85–68 decision at sixth-ranked Drury. UIndy also knocked off Ashland, then No. 15 in the country, to snap the Eagles’ 44-game home winning streak. The Greyhounds compiled a 21–7 overall record (12–5 GLVC) throughout the regular season. Senior Katy McIntosh led the Hounds with 17.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. She ranked in the top 10 in the GLVC in all three categories, in addition to field goal percentage (.564) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7). The Austin, Ind., native was injured late in a triple-overtime loss to Lewis, ending her Greyhound career. Yet she finished her decorated collegiate tenure seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,495 career points, while falling just 11 freebies shy of becoming the most prolific free throw shooter in program history (517). UIndy was first in the GLVC and ninth nationally with 5.2 blocks per game. Eliza Wortman (56 blocks, 2.2 per) and Kirsten Gliesmann (58, 2.1) led the Hounds and ranked first and second, respectively, in the conference. Wortman also led the conference in field goal percentage (.607). Sharp-shooting Shelby Wall ranked second in Division II with a .462 clip from behind the arc, connecting on 55 of 119 attempts. She moved up to eighth in program history with 120 career triples. Kelly Walter also knocked down threes at a record-breaking rate, already in the top 10 in the program annals with 117 career three-pointers in her junior season. Erin Murphy, who transferred from IPFW, averaged 7.2 points and 2.9 assists in her first season in Indianapolis. Over the last seven games of the season, she increased that to 13.3 points and 4.3 assists, recording a career-high 24 points against Truman on February 13. This is the first 20-win season for Coach Popa and 11th in the program’s three-plus decades. The Hounds spent seven consecutive weeks in the USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, peaking at No. 14 on the January 14 release. The season ended for the Hounds when sixth-seeded Wayne State beat UIndy 63–58 at the first-round NCAA Midwest Regional tournament on March 14. The Greyhounds finished the 2013–14 campaign with 23 wins, tying for the fifth-most single-season wins in program history.

Swimming

RossilloThe big story going into this season was the addition of swimming and diving by the Great Lakes Valley Conference. But the story near season’s end was the Greyhounds’ performances at the inaugural GLVC Championships. After both teams went 4–0 in dual meets during the regular season, the UIndy men took runner-up honors at the conference champion-ships, while the women finished third. The Hounds combined to win nine event titles, including four from GLVC Men’s Swimmer of the Year Justin Rossillo. Junior Tyler Offutt captured both diving crowns and was dubbed the GLVC Men’s Diver of the Year. Other event champions included Bruno Barbosa, Daniel Chan, Muzaffer Demirtas, and Brandon Norman. Those four individuals, along with Offutt, Rossillo, Julia Madeira, and Ioana Negru qualified for the NCAA Division II championships in Geneva, Ohio. The season ended on March 15 when the men finished tied for 21st in the final standings while the women shared 37th. Combined, the teams recorded 13 first team and honorable mention All-America honors.

Wrestling

WrestlingThe #14 UIndy wrestling team took its program-first NCAA Super Region title, with the previous highest finish by a Greyhound wrestling team being third. En route to taking the title, UIndy advanced seven wrestlers to the NCAA Division II national championships, which ties the most ever by a UIndy program. The wrestlers earned three regional titles, one second place, two third places, and one fifth-place finish. The four UIndy senior national qualifiers all earned All-American honors. Alex Johns, Cameryn Brady, Jeff Weiss, and Evan Wooding placed in the top eight of their weight classes at the NCAA Division II wrestling championships. As a team, UIndy finished eighth with 46.0 total team points. The eight spot marks the highest NCAA Division II finish by the Hounds, who bested their 10th-place ranking from 2006. Johns (30–5) closed out his career as a two-time All-American and a three-time national qualifier with 115 wins, good for a tie for fifth all-time in the UIndy record books.
Brady (36–4) took sixth with a 3–1 loss, making him a two-time All-American as a Hound after his seventh-place finish a year ago. Weiss (33–7) finished his career with 104 total wins, putting him in a tie for the 10th-most in UIndy history. Wooding (31–10) completed his career as a two-time national qualifier and an All-American as a senior. His 104 total wins tied him with Weiss for 10th-most in UIndy history. The four All-Americans ties the most ever by a UIndy program. In addition to the seven national qualifiers, head coach Jason Warthan was named 2013–14 NCAA Super Region #2 Coach of the Year.

Cross Country

CushmanJunior Alex Cushman was the first Greyhound since 2000 to represent UIndy at the NCAA Division II Cross Country national championships. Cushman, who advanced to nationals after taking a third-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional race on November 9, is the first UIndy individual qualifier since 1991 and just the second male individual to run at the NCAA champion-ships. The 2000 edition of UIndy men’s cross country advanced as a team. An all-conference and all-region performer, Cushman, along with teammates Craig Jordan, Jacklyn Howard, and Sutton Knapp garnered D-II All-Academic distinction from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

—Compiled by Ryan Thorpe, Jackie Paquette, and Kyle Piercy

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