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#DuqWBB Opens Season at Maggie Dixon Classic
The Duquesne women's basketball team under first-year head coach Dan Burt begin the 2013-14 season on Friday night

 
The Duquesne women's basketball team under first-year head coach Dan Burt begin the 2013-14 season on Friday night
 

Nov. 6, 2013

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MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC INFORMATION:
DATES: Nov. 8-9, 2013
OPENING NIGHT MATCHUPS: Duquesne vs. Cal Poly 6:30 p.m., Harvard at DePaul 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Chicago, Ill.
ARENA: McGrath-Phillips Arena (3,000)

2013-14 SEASON TO OPEN WITH MAGGIE DIXON CLASSIC: Formerly known as the DePaul Invitational, the Maggie Dixon Classic was renamed in 2009 and honors former Blue Demon assistant coach Maggie Dixon, who passed away on April 6, 2006 of an arrhythmia. Her tragic death came three weeks after concluding her first season as the head coach at Army which saw the Black Knights win the Patriot League Championship and make the program's first trip to the NCAA Championship. This is the third tournament to be named after Dixon, who was a former assistant at DePaul. Dixon's older brother, Jamie, the head men's basketball coach at Pittsburgh, hosts a tournament at Madison Square Garden while San Diego, Dixon's alma mater, also hosts a tournament in Maggie's name.

ABOUT THE TEAMS: In addition to Duquesne and DePaul, Cal Poly and Harvard will also participate in the Maggie Dixon Classic.

DePaul, who was selected as an at-large bid at the NCAA Championship, also is coming off a 21-win season. The Blue Demons return junior guard Brittany Hrynko (16.3 ppg), who was a Big East First-Team All-Conference selection as well as the league's Most Improved Player.

Cal Poly is the defending Big West Tournament Champion and was an automatic selection to the NCAA Championship. The Mustangs, who are coming off a 21-win season, return Big West Conference Player of the Year, 6-5 forward Molly Schlemer ( 13.3 ppg).

Harvard is also coming off a 21-win season and made it into the WNIT, falling to eventual champion Drexel in the second round. The Crimson return senior guard Christine Clark (15.7 ppg), who was a First-Team All-Ivy League selection.

DUQUESNE AND DEPAUL, CAL POLY AND HARVARD ALL-TIME
The last time Duquesne played an opponent in this year's Maggie Dixon Classic was Dec. 6, 1998 when the Dukes hosted DePaul at the Palumbo Center. Maja Kauzlaric's jumper at the buzzer lifted Duquesne to a 66-65 win over the Blue Demons. This was the backhalf of a home-and-home series. In 1995, the Dukes played Harvard in the first round of the Connecticut Classic hosted by UConn. Friday's game will be the first-ever against Cal Poly.

AGAINST THE BIG EAST ALL-TIME:
The Dukes have had a tough time against Big East schools since the formation of the conference in 1982-83, going 14-35 (.285). Duquesne's first game against a Big East school was Feb. 1, 1984 at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse versus Pittsburgh. When Duquesne and DePaul played in 1997 and 1998, the Blue Demons were a member of Conference USA.

AGAINST THE BIG WEST ALL-TIME:
The Dukes have only played one Big West opponent - a 64-49 loss to UC Irvine in 1998.

AGAINST THE IVY LEAGUE ALL-TIME:
Duquesne has dominated teams from the Ivy League, going 12-1 (.923) all-time. The only Ivy League teams Duquesne have never played are Columbia and Yale.

LOOKING AHEAD:
After this weekend's tournament, the Dukes remain on the road for a Nov. 14th matchup at Kent State.

 

 

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