For just the second time in program history, the UIndy men’s basketball team ascended to the No. 1 spot in the Division II coaches poll. After winning 17 straight games to start the season, the Hounds settled in for a two-week stay at the top of the D-II rankings, surpassing the 1996–97 team’s one-week run as the nation’s highest-ranked squad. The season’s final home game, an exciting 113-96 win over in-state St. Joseph’s, featured a major milestone for Lucas Barker (left). The junior point guard and Australia native broke the program’s long-standing record for most assists in a season, surpassing Vasco Walton’s total of 200 in 1965–66.
The Greyhounds earned the No. 4 seed in the GLVC Tournament and went on to earn the program’s fifth straight NCAA tournament bid. But their season came to a close on March 17 as the Greyhounds (25-6) dropped an 81-72 decision to top-seeded Bellarmine in the finals of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional. Junior Jordan Loyd delivered a team-high 23 points, but a late 9-0 run from the Knights (30-3) proved too much to overcome. Loyd and senior Joe Lawson earned all-tournament team honors. Senior Dai-Jon Parker capped his career with five points and three assists. Senior Kendall Vieke finished with six points on a pair of 3-pointers—his 103rd and 104th triples of his UIndy career.
The women’s basketball team finished the regular season 11-15 overall and 8-10 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. UIndy celebrated Senior Night in dramatic fashion on Feb. 26, defeating in-state rival Saint Joseph’s, 82-81, in triple overtime. Senior Kelly Walter (left) led the team with 26 points, including several key buckets in the overtime sessions. Classmate Carly Lythjohan pulled in 10 boards in her final home game. The Greyhounds earned the 11 seed in the GLVC Tournament following the win over Saint Joseph’s, and upset 6 seed Truman State, 72-51, in the first round to keep the season alive and advance to the program’s sixth consecutive conference quarterfinal. Individually, Walter broke the program’s single-season 3-point record, draining her 77th triple to pass former teammate Kristin Turner’s 76 from the 2012–13 season.
Swimming & Diving
The UIndy swimming and diving teams each notched third-place finishes at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships in February. The men’s and women’s team combined for 13 medals in all, including two golds from senior Tyler Offutt (left), who was named the GLVC Diver of the Year for the second straight season. Offutt (1-meter springboard), Natelie Todd (3-meter springboard), Daniel Chan (100 fly, 200 fly), and Justin Rosillo (50 free, 100 free) will represent UIndy at the 2015 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.
Track & Field
The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams concluded their regular season at the GLVC Championships, placing third and second, respectively. Senior Farin Hickman (left) earned the Field Athlete of the Year award at the meet after taking individual conference championships in the women’s shot put and women’s weight throw. Maya Caudle also earned an individual championship in the women’s 60-meter dash, and TJ Lovejoy secured an individual title in the men’s weight throw.
The team earned twelve provisional marks on the season, and three Hounds competed in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13–14 in Birmingham, Ala., producing one All-American. Lovejoy had the best finish on the day with a fifth-place finish in the men’s weight throw. On the track, Alex Cushman competed in the men’s 5000-meter race. He finished 14th in the nation. For the women, freshman Kieran Casey ran the mile preliminary and finished in 17th place.
UIndy’s wrestlers finished 9th of 14 teams at the NCAA Super Region 2 Tournament and will send three to the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championships. Redshirt junior Josh Kieffer (center) won his first-ever Regional title in three tries at 125 pounds, and becomes the 10th three-time National Qualifier in UIndy wrestling history. Redshirt freshman Nick Crume (right) was runner-up at the Regional at 133 and was named Super Region 2 Freshman of the Year. He was 29-7 heading into his first national tournament as a Greyhound. Sophomore Shelden Struble (left) became a two-time national qualifier with a fourth-place finish in the 165 bracket, and currently has 14 pins on the year, tied for sixth on the all-time season pins list.
Men’s Soccer team receives championship rings
Members of the men’s soccer team received their conference championship rings during halftime of UIndy’s men’s basketball game vs. St. Joseph’s on February 26. The team, led by head coach John Higgins ’08, made program history in 2014, winning the team’s first-ever Great Lakes Valley Conference championship.
—Ryan Thrope, Jackie Paquette, Kyle Piercy