Sept. 4, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Fresh off its record-setting season a year ago, the University of San Diego women's basketball team has released its 2007-08 schedule.
The Toreros schedule features USD on their home court for 14 games, but it will be no cake walk for the Toreros as head coach Cindy Fisher and her staff have put together a tough schedule. Some of the highlights of the home portion of the non-conference schedule include UCLA, perennial power Texas, and a very solid DePaul University team. USD is guaranteed to face either Texas or DePaul in the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic in late December.
The annual Surf N Slam Tournament, has now changed its name to the Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic in honor of former USD player Maggie Dixon, who passed away suddenly on April 6, 2006.
Dixon, who played four years for former USD coach Kathy Marpe between 1995-99, appeared in 103 games with 56 starts. During her sophomore season she grabbed a team-best 124 rebounds, and her 52.0% field goal percentage from her freshman campaign still ranks in the top-10 for single season Torero records. In her senior year she was team captain, and also named to the All-Tournament team for USD's Masry & Vititoe Classic.
Dixon, a North Hollywood, Calif. native, went into coaching with encouragement from her brother, Jamie Dixon, current head men's coach for the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her appointment at Army, Dixon spent five seasons on the DePaul women's basketball staff.
"I feel very honored to be able to host an event in the Memory of Maggie Dixon," said Fisher. "The Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic is an event that stands for what Maggie loved and believed in with all of her heart. She was a passionate winner and loved her team and colleagues and we will celebrate her life in every game and smile. Maggie will live in our hearts forever and this tournament is a tribute to her life."
The Toreros will open their season on the road on November 9th with a game at Cal State Bakersfield before returning to the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a game against Cal State Northridge on November 11th. San Diego will then head to New York to compete in the Seton Hall Tournament to compete against Toledo, George Mason and the host Seton Hall.
USD will also have several tough opponents in the always strong West Coast Conference. Defending WCC Champion Gonzaga University will be a challenge for the Toreros, who were the runner up to the Zags a year ago, along with an always strong Loyola Marymount University team and a solid Pepperdine University squad.
" We have compiled an extremely competitive non-conference schedule that will prepare us for what promises to be an exciting West Coast Conference season," stated Fisher. "A big road trip to Seton Hall in November will be a great test of playing tough back to back competition early in the year. We return with a tough two-game home stand over Thanksgiving when we will face Southern Utah and Dayton. We are also looking forward to hosting the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament Champion, UCLA in the Jenny Craig Pavilion on December 8th. We round out the non-conference season by hosting the "Maggie Dixon Invitational" which again has a very strong field including two women's basketball powerhouses, DePaul and Texas"
USD will also get the luxury of playing in the WCC Tournament on its home floor. The WCC tournament makes its return to San Diego after a four-year absence on March 6-9.