Army women's hoops wins V comeback award

The Army women's basketball team, which suffered a devastating loss when coach Maggie Dixon died following the 2005-06 season, was awarded the seventh annual V Foundation Comeback Award for keeping her memory alive this season and pushing forward to record a school record for wins in a season.

Army was 24-6 in the 2006-07 season under new coach Dave Magarity. Dixon, 28, died suddenly on April 6, 2006 -- just 17 days after Army's first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

"We are thrilled to receive this award," Magarity said. "I can't tell you how special these kids are and how well they’ve handled everything they've gone through.

"When I took this job, we made a decision to do everything we could to keep Maggie's memory alive," Magarity said. "We dedicated the season to her. She had a strong, profound impact on their lives and continues to do so. It was clear what my mission was -- to keep her memory alive and continue to do that for years to come."

The award is open to men and women college basketball players in all divisions.

"This award means so much," Magarity said. "This is a special group of kids to come here and do what they do, and to win 24 games after everything they went through was amazing. Even talking about this brings back an incredible amount of emotion. And Jimmy V was a good friend of mine, so it means a lot to me personally, too."

V Foundation CEO Nick Valvano will present Army with the award at the Spirit of Jimmy V New York Gala on April 25.