The Indiana University South Bend men’s and women’s basketball seasons are about to begin. The men tipoff the 2014-15 season as they host the second annual “Haunted Hoops Tournament” on Halloween night. The tournament features fellow IU regional campus, Kokomo, Silver Lake College, and future Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member, Saint Ambrose University.
Second year head coach, Scott Cooper has high expectations as he brought in a strong recruiting class to make this year’s team more athletic and more explosive. Cooper coaches an up-tempo offense that aims to score a lot of points and put a lot of defensive pressure on opposing teams. Last season, Coach Cooper’s Titans reached the CCAC tournament where they fell to Roosevelt in heartbreaking fashion, in overtime, in the opening round. The 2014-15 Titans look to return to the CCAC tournament and go deeper with hopes of making a national tournament. A young Titan squad returns just five players from last year’s roster and added nine new faces.
The IU South Bend women’s basketball team has their regular season opener at home against Lawrence Tech University on October 25th. Coach Steve Bruce’s Lady Titans reached the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinal round before falling to eventual conference tournament champion, Purdue University Calumet. The future looks bright in South Bend as the Lady Titans return nearly 70% of their offense from a team that won 20 games a year ago.
The 2014-15 Lady Titans will be more athletic and explosive than the team that lost in the conference tournament last year. IU South Bend returns one of the conference’s best 3-point shooters, guard Ashley Carson, a dominating center, Maegan Callaway, and a versatile point guard in Nicole Sly. With a veteran presence, the Lady Titans will look to make a run at the CCAC championship, something that has not been done at IU South Bend since the early 2000’s. “This year’s team has our sights set on getting to the national tournament, said Coach Bruce. “We have seven veteran girls returning, all understanding of the hard and challenging effort that it will take to make this happen. Ultimately, team attitude and effort, two things over which we have total control, will either enhance or sabotage our journey,” ended Bruce.