Maggie Dixon Classic
|Maggie Dixon Classic|
|Sport||Women's College basketball|
|Number of teams||4|
|Current stadium||Schollmaier Arena|
|Current location||Fort Worth, TX|
|TV partner(s)||N/A; Formerly on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU|
Advance Auto Parts (2013–15)
|Christl Arena (2006)|
Madison Square Garden (2007-15)
Carnesecca Arena (2016)
Reed Arena (2017)
Schollmaier Arena (2018)
|West Point (2006)|
New York City (2007-15)
New York (2016)
College Station (2017)
Fort Worth (2018)
|Sport||Women's College basketball|
|No. of teams||4|
|Venue(s)||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|TV partner(s)||ESPN; ESPN2; ESPNU (2013)|
The Maggie Dixon Classic is an annual early season women's college basketball tournament that was first played in 2006. The classic is played in honor of Maggie Dixon who in April 2006, just after leading the Army women's basketball team to their first ever NCAA Tournament, died suddenly due to an arrhythmia caused by a previously undiagnosed heart condition.
On November 12, 2006, the first Maggie Dixon was played at the Christl Arena in West Point, New York; where Maggie coached her only season with the Lady Knights. Since this edition of the Maggie Dixon Classic, every other classic had featured a four team, two game doubleheader. The 2006 Maggie Dixon Classic was the only edition of the event to feature a men's game; in which the Pittsburgh Panthers coached by Jamie Dixon, Maggie's brother; defeated Western Michigan by a final score of 86 to 67.
In 2007, the Maggie Dixon Classic was moved to the historic Madison Square Garden in New York City and has been held there ever since. The Maggie Dixon Classic has also produced the eventual national champions in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Also in 2010, the UConn women's basketball team tied UCLA's 88 game win streak from the 1970s. The Huskies would eventually break the record and end their winning streak at 90 games.
On January 4, 2015, Immaculata University and Queens College played in the Maggie Dixon Classic as a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the first game played between women's basketball teams in the Madison Square Garden. The second game of that doubleheader featured the UConn Huskies and St. John's Red Storm.
In 2016, the Classic was moved to the campus of DePaul University in Chicago, the school where Maggie Dixon served as an assistant coach under the direction of Doug Bruno. Upon moving to Chicago, the Classic was also restructured from its traditional format to a four-team knockout tournament. In 2017, Classic Games were moved to the Wintrust Arena; which opened in October of that year.
DePaul has won both Maggie Dixon Classics played in Chicago.
Past Results and Appearances
|Date||Location||Winning team||Losing team|
|November 12, 2006||Christl Arena
|Pittsburgh men||86||Western Michigan men||67|
|December 8, 2007||Madison Square Garden
(New York City)
|December 14, 2008||Rutgers||59||Army||38|
|December 13, 2009||Baylor||68||Boston College||55|
|December 19, 2010*||Texas A&M||79||Rutgers||50|
|December 11, 2011||Baylor||73||St. Johns||59|
|December 9, 2012||Rutgers||73||Louisiana Tech||46|
|December 22, 2013||St. Johns||72||Texas A&M||70|
|January 4, 2015||Queens College||76||Immaculata University||60|
|December 28, 2015||Connecticut||83||Maryland||73|
|November 11, 2016||McGrath-Phillips Arena
|November 12, 2016||Appalachian State||72||Gardner-Webb||67|
|November 17, 2017||Wintrust Arena
|Saint Louis||79||Ole Miss||64|
|November 18, 2017||DePaul||86||Saint Louis||78|
|Ole Miss||110||Delaware State||58|
- As of the 2015 Maggie Dixon Classic; excluding the men's game from 2006. Teams in bold text won their game.
|1||Rutgers||5||2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012|
|UConn||5||2008, 2010, 2013, 2015 (Jan), 2015 (Dec)|
|2||St. Johns||4||2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 (Jan)|
|3||Army||3||2006, 2007, 2008|
|DePaul||3||2011, 2016, 2017|
|4||Texas A&M||2||2010, 2013|
|Ohio State||2||2006, 2010|
|5||Queens College||1||2015 (Jan)|
Maggie Dixon Courage Award
Since the 2009 Classic, the family of Maggie Dixon has presented the Maggie Dixon Courage Award. This award is presented to an individual who exhibits courage in the face of adversity and continues to exemplify Dixon's mantra of never allowing adversity get in the way of achieving a dream. The award is always presented by Dixon's sister Julie Dixon Silva and by Dixon's older brother Jamie Dixon.
|2009||LTC Kim Kawamoto||former Army women's basketball player|
|C. Vivian Stringer||Rutgers women's basketball head coach|
|2010||Tierra Rodgers||California women's basketball player|
|2011||Pat Summitt||Tennessee women's basketball head coach|
|2012||Joe Heskett||Army wrestling head coach|
|2013||Tracey Ryan||registered nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC)|
|2015||Geno Auriemma||UConn women's basketball head coach|
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- "Roundup: No. 1 Connecticut routs No. 20 Cal 80-47". USA Today. December 22, 2013. Retrieved 26 Jan 2014.
- Adamec, Carl. "Final: UConn 80, California 47". SNY.TV. Retrieved 26 Jan 2014.
- Elliott, Rich (4 January 2015). "Game report: No. 2 UConn 70, St. John's 54". CT Post. Hearst Media Services Connecticut. Retrieved 10 Jan 2015.
- Courant, Hartford. "Early Turnovers Aside, UConn Women Earn Tough Win Against Terrapins, 83-73". Retrieved 2016-07-31.