Rutgers, UConn, Penn State, Army to take part in second Maggie Dixon Classic
NEW YORK -- The Maggie Dixon Classic will return to Madison Square Garden for a second straight year.
The third Maggie Dixon Classic will be played Dec. 14 at the Garden with a women's basketball doubleheader featuring Rutgers, Connecticut, Penn State and Army. Rutgers will face Army in the first game of the doubleheader and Connecticut will meet Penn State in the late game.
"It is a great way to honor the memory of one of outstanding young coaches of our time, Maggie Dixon," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "The event has truly become one of the premier events in the country and it is, after all, played at the World's Greatest Arena. We are very excited to participate in the event again and for years to come."
Maggie Dixon died April 6, 2006 of arrhythmia, probably caused by an enlarged heart. Her death came three weeks after her first season as a head coach, a performance that won the admiration of the academy and all of college basketball.
Connecticut has most of its team returning from last season's Final Four run and is expected to be one of the top teams in the nation. Rutgers lost stars Essence Carson and Matee Ajavon to graduation, but will be led by junior guard Epiphanny Prince.
Last season Rutgers routed Army and Duke edged Pitt in front of over 5,000 fans in the first women's doubleheader at MSG since 1981, when Rutgers, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion and Cheyney State took part.
The inaugural Maggie Dixon Classic was held at Army in 2006 -- a men's and women's doubleheader. Pitt's men's team -- coached by Maggie's brother Jamie, beat Western Michigan and Ohio State routed Army.
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