Nov. 12, 2006
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WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -An impressive performance by Ohio State put a damper on a special day for the Army women’s basketball team.
Jessica Davenport scored 16 of her 22 points in the first half to help No. 7 Ohio State beat Army 77-41 on Sunday in the inaugural Maggie Dixon Classic.
The game was the second half of a doubleheader created by Pittsburgh men’s coach Jamie Dixon, the older brother of Maggie, as a way to honor her following her death in April at age 28. Just three weeks after leading Army to its first NCAA tournament appearance as a first-year coach, Dixon died of arrhythmia, probably caused by an enlarged heart.
“It’s a very emotional day for everyone here at the academy,” said Army coach Dave Magarity, who was an assistant for Maggie last season. “It’s something we’ve had in the back of our minds and we knew it was going to be tough.”
Jamie Dixon’s fourth-ranked Panthers beat Western Michigan 86-67 in the opener.
Between games, Maggie Dixon’s parents, her sister, Julie Dixon-Silva, and Jamie were presented with a ring commemorating the 2005-06 Patriot League championship. Banners honoring the title and Maggie as conference coach of the year were unveiled in the rafters of Christl Arena.
“It was hard when we were going through the ceremony,” said Cara Enright, who led Army with 20 points. “We knew once the ball went up it was time to play.”
The Ohio State team stood attentively during the ceremony and watched, soaking in the scene.
“The level of their poise was impressive for my young players and veterans to see,” said Ohio State coach Jim Foster. “It was a great experience for us.” Full of emotion, the Black Knights found themselves only trailing 21-13 with 11:35 left in the first half before the Buckeyes went on a 13-3 run capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Marscilla Packer, who led the Big Ten in 3-point shooting last season.
“We didn’t score inside and we didn’t rebound,” Magarity said.
The Buckeyes extended the margin to 47-26 at the half despite Army shooting 50 percent (11-for-22).
The Black Knights went cold in the second half, scoring only one basket in the first 9:19 as the Buckeyes built a 69-29 lead.
Ohio State controlled the boards, outrebounding Army 43-21, including a 21-4 advantage in the first half. Davenport, the two-time Big Ten player of the year, had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
“I think we rebounded well,” Davenport said. “As the game went on we picked it up offensively and defensively.”
Brandie Hoskins scored 13 points and Tamarah Riley added 10 for the Buckeyes.
“We’re proud to be part of something that we hope will be an annual affair,” Foster said. “We’re proud to have been in the first.”
It was the first meeting between the schools and dropped Army to 0-7 in school history against Top Ten teams. The Black Knights lost 102-54 to Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season.