Marian, IWU Hoist Championship Trophies

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Both head coaches, Katie Gearlds (pictured in top picture with team) and Greg Tonagel (pictured in bottom picture with team), were named national Coach of the Year. Both head coaches, Katie Gearlds (pictured in top picture with team) and Greg Tonagel (pictured in bottom picture with team), were named national Coach of the Year.

Two Indiana college basketball teams are national champions. The Marian University women's team and the Indiana Wesleyan University men's team each beat higher-ranked opponents Tuesday night to be crowned best in NAIA Division II.

Marian was ranked ninth in the country and defeated third-ranked Southern Oregon 59-48 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The Knights, coached by 2003 Indiana Miss Basketball and former Purdue University and WNBA standout Katie Gearlds, had a record-breaking 32-6 season and won their first NAIA DII championship in history.

Fifth-ranked IWU knocked-off top-ranked University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne) at the College of the Ozarks Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Missouri. The Cougars finished the season 33-5 and have won two national titles in three seasons.

You can connect to details about Marian's win by clicking here and IWU's by clicking here.

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