UConn in Maggie Dixon Classic
NEW YORK -- Maya Moore and the Connecticut Huskies will return to Madison Square Garden to play Ohio State in the Maggie Dixon Classic on Dec. 19.
The two-time defending national champions have won an NCAA-record 78 straight games having gone unbeaten the last two seasons. They return three starters from last season's team that beat Stanford for a seventh national title. The Huskies beat Penn State in the Maggie Dixon Classic in 2008.
Rutgers will face Texas A&M in the first game of the women's basketball doubleheader.
Ohio State will be making its second appearance in the Classic as the Buckeyes traveled to West Point in 2006 for the inaugural game against Army. Ohio State finished eighth in the final Top 25 poll before losing to Mississippi State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Buckeyes still have a potent inside-outside offense with center Jantel Lavender and guard Samantha Prahalis and should once again be one of the top 10 teams in the nation.
It's the fourth straight season that the Scarlet Knights will play at the Garden in the Classic named for the former Army women's coach. Rutgers lost to Tennessee last season in front of nearly 7,200 fans.
Texas A&M finished ninth in the Top 25 last season after winning the Big 12 title. The Aggies lost to Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, UConn's Geno Auriemma, Ohio State's Jim Foster and Texas A&M's Gary Blair have combined for over 2,850 victories.
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.
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