Travellin’ to Texas: Alabama Squares Off Against Duke in Maggie Dixon Classic in Fort Worth

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama women’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season, to square off against Duke in the Maggie Dixon Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. CT. Hosted by Texas Christian University at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, the game will be broadcast on ESPN+, with Ron Thulin and Fred Williams on the call.

The Blue Devils lead the Crimson Tide, 2-1, in the all-time series that began in 1995. The Maggie Dixon Classic game will mark the first time the two teams have played each other at a neutral site.

Ahead of the contest, Alabama leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks 11th in the nation in turnover margin (13.33), while it also leads the league and ranks top 50 in the nation in turnovers forced per game (24.0), steals per game (12.7) and scoring margin (35.3). On the flip side, Duke is the only team in the Atlantic Coast Conference featuring nine different players averaging 5.7 points a game or more. Duke is also the only team in the ACC that has had eight different players score 10 or more points in a game this season. The Blue Devils are tied for 14th nationally in 3-point field goals made per game (10.0).

About the Maggie Dixon Classic

  • This marks the third straight season that the Maggie Dixon Classic will be played at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth. TCU hosted Army in 2018 and then turned around to host Boise State in 2019. The Maggie Dixon Classic was postponed last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The Maggie Dixon Classic has been played annually since 2006 in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, sister of TCU men’s head coach Jamie Dixon. Maggie died on April 6, 2006, of a heart arrhythmia, just weeks after leading Army West Point to its first NCAA Tournament.
  • The Classic began in 2006 when the inaugural event was played at Christl Arena on the campus of Army West Point. Jamie’s Pittsburgh men’s team played in that first Classic, as did Maggie’s Army women’s team. The event has since been played exclusively between women’s teams.
  • After the inaugural event at Christl Arena, the Maggie Dixon Classic was played at Madison Square Garden for nine straight seasons, through 2015. It was then played at St. John’s Carnesecca Arena during the 2016-17 season when the Red Storm hosted DePaul, where Maggie was an assistant coach before becoming Army West Point’s head coach.

Opening Tip

  • Alabama is hitting the road for the first time this season, taking a 2-1 record with them to Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Three players are averaging double figures through the first three contests in Brittany Davis (21.7 ppg), Jada Rice (12.0 ppg) and JaMya Mingo-Young (10.7 ppg).
  • Davis, a senior guard, is also leading the team with 9.7 rebounds per game, followed by Mingo-Young with 8.7 rebounds per game.
  • The Crimson Tide is shooting 43.4 percent from the field (89-205) and 32.1 percent from long range (26-81).
  • Brittany Davis is responsible for 42.3 percent of the Tide’s 26 3-point makes, leading the team with 11 3-pointers this season.
  • Six different players have scored in double figures this season, while four different players have produced 15-plus point games and two different players have produced 20-plus point games (Megan Abrams, Brittany Davis).
  • The Crimson Tide is eager to return to a traditional schedule for the 2021-22 season, boasting a competitive 13-game, regular-season schedule, paired with a rigorous 16-game conference schedule. Alabama’s nonconference schedule features 10 home games, two road games and a neutral-site matchup against Duke at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 21. Its SEC schedule includes eight home games and eight road games.
  • The ESPN family of networks assigned Alabama to nine national slots for the upcoming season.
  • Alabama is playing inside historic Coleman Coliseum for the sixth straight season.

About Duke

  • Duke is 3-0 this season after wins against Winthrop (95-39), at Dayton (70-56) and UNC Wilmington (87-45).
  • Three Blue Devils are averaging double figures, including Celeste Taylor (12.7), Imani Lewis (12.0) and Lexi Gordon (11.7).
  • Taylor (7.0) and Lewis (7.5) are also leading Duke in rebounds.
  • Duke is shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from long range, while its averaging 84.0 points per game.
  • The team is holding its opponents to 31.9 percent shooting, including 25.8 percent from the arc, while those teams have averaged 46.7 points per game.
  • Last year, the Blue Devils totaled a 3-1 record before COVID-19 shut down the season in late December.
  • Head coach Kara Lawson and her staff brought in seven transfers ahead of the 2021-22 campaign with the addition of Elizabeth Balogun (Louisville), Lexi Gordon (Texas Tech), Amaya Finklea-Guity (Syracuse), Imani Lewis (Wisconsin), Jordyn Oliver (Baylor), Celeste Taylor (Texas) and Nyah Green (Louisville).
  • After its matchup with Alabama, Duke will return home to host Appalachian State on Nov. 24.

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