2005 – 2006 Women’s Basketball Team

Patriot League Tournament Champion

Lost to Tennesse in NCAA opening round.

The players, the four Classes represented here, played with an uncommon intensity. There was something Maggie Dixon imparted to them – some how an overriding committment to Team, of self sacrifice that was to sustain them even after her loss.

Please go to The Stones and Maggie Dixon

Front Row (Sitting Left to Right): Cara Enright, Adrienne Payne, Joanne Carelus, Jen Hansen, Erin Begonia, Margaree “Redd” King, Micky Mallette, Alex McGuire, Anna Wilson, Megan Ennenga
Second Row: Ashley Magnani, Stefanie Stone, Megan Vrabel, Natalie Schmidt, Jillian Busch, Megan Evans, Courtney Wright
Back Row: Col Donna Brazil, Mary Kurnat, Dave Magarity, Craig Madzinski, Maggie Dixon, Jen Fleming, Kelly Flahive, 2LT Rejera Arnold, Sam Smay

A 20-11 Season including winners of the Patriot League Conference Tournament. They went to 2006 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament as a 15 seed, where they lost to the University of Tennessee. It was the first March Madness Tornament appearance for any Army basketball team.

Nomination of the 2005 – 2006 Women’s Basketball Team
for the Army Sports Hall of Fame

Across America each fall, Football Coaches select one player from their team who best measures up to the criteria of the Black Lion Award as exemplified by Don Holleder:

leadership, courage, devotion to duty, self-sacrifice, and – above all – an
unselfish concern for the team ahead of himself.

A number of Graduates believe the members of West Point’s 2005 – 2006 Women’s Basketball Team did in fact exemplify the self-sacrifice and unselfish concern for the team ahead of themselves.

Just as the 1974 – 1975 Oregon Men’s Basketball Team was inducted into their Hall of Fame

“They drove onto the floor and into the stands. They played tenacious defense and played before a continual string of sellout crowds in McArthur Court. The collection of some of the most well-known names on Oregon basketball history, they were known as the Kamikaze Kids, Accumulating a 21-9 record and a third-place finish in the 1974 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) —- “

so to should West Point recognize the accomplishments of the 2005 – 2006 Women’s Basketball Team.

Twelve years from now the Corps of Cadets must know of the commitment of these Army Athletes. Coach Dixon guided this Team to a 21 – 11 record, the Patriot League Championship and a birth in the 2006 NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship. They are the only Army Team to ever participate in Basketball’s March Madness.

It does not take achieving a National Title to recognize Excellence. Request that the Army Athletic Association prepare the statistical data to support this Nomination.

Phil Burns

For Members of the Class of 1962

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