January 5, 1985.
On this day, the IUPUI women's basketball team defeated Oakland City College 68-66 in a home game played in the gymnasium in the Natatorium building. While the Metros (as IUPUI teams were then called) never trailed, Oakland City were able to tie them seven times. IUPUI's winning basket came with seven seconds left in the game. The win raised the women's team's record to four wins and six losses so far in the season. The Sagamore, the student newspaper of IUPUI, quoted women's team coach Jim Price to say: "We're not playing as well as we are capable of playing, but we are progressing towards becoming a better team."
Indeed, progress on the athletics front was in evidence at the time. Days later the IUPUI men's basketball team upset Wright State University 77-74. IUPUI was then a member of the modest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), whereas Wright State was nationally ranked in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II. The Metros win prompted one of the sports writers of the Sagamore to opine that athletics at IUPUI was one of the university's best-kept secrets. IUPUI teams were good, playing big teams; IUPUI enrolled 23,000 students at the time, but only about two hundred were in the gym to see a major upset. The local city newspapers and and television stations did not pay sufficient attention to IUPUI games. "It is hard to get the local media to admit to this when the IUPUI student body has not accepted it," he lamented. This was so when IUPUI students could attend all home sporting events free of charge when they showed their student identification cards.
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