CHICAGO, Ill. – Gardner-Webb opens the 2016-17 women's basketball season on the road this weekend, taking part in the 2016 Maggie Dixon Classic, hosted by DePaul University, Friday and Saturday evening.
The Runnin' Bulldogs, picked to finish sixth in the Big South Conference standings, will open play on Friday evening at 7:00 pm by taking on UAB, who was tabbed to finish ninth in the Conference USA standings.
Gardner-Webb will be led by returning starters Alexus Hill and Tierra Huntsman. Hill averaged 11.3 points per contest last season, and Huntsman averaged 9.5 points per contest while shooting 70 percent from the floor.
Also returning are six letterwinners, including lone senior Kiera Currie. This weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for Currie, as her hometown of Romeoville, Illinois is approximately 30 miles from DePaul's campus.
The Blazers, who finished the 2015-16 season with a 15-16 record, return one starter in Deanna Kuzmanic, a member of the 2016 Conference USA All-Freshman Team. Kuzmanic averaged 12.0 points per contest in 31 games.
GWU finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 19-11 record, the third straight season that head coach Rick Reeves led his team to 15 or more victories.
Reeves enters his 13th season at the helm of the Runnin' Bulldogs and is 15 wins shy of reaching the 200 mark at Gardner-Webb.
GWU and UAB kick off the 2016 Maggie Dixon Classic at 7:00 pm, followed by DePaul vs. Appalachian State. The Runnin' Bulldogs will face one of the two teams Saturday at either 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm. The tournament is named after former DePaul assistant and Army head coach Maggie Dixon, who tragically passed away on April 6, 2006 of an arrhythmia.