MSG honors women's basketball anniversary

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) Madison Square Garden will honor the first women's basketball game played at the arena 40 years ago with a rematch between Queens College and Immaculata as part of the Maggie Dixon Classic on Jan. 4.

Immaculata won the inaugural game 65-61 in front of 12,000 fans on Feb. 22, 1975.

"It was a defining moment for women's basketball and for women in general," said former WNBA President Donna Orender, who played for Queens College. "I can still hear Helen Reddy singing `I am woman hear me roar' the crowd was screaming and tears rolled down my cheeks on the layup line. I was a freshman and so proud matching up against the more pre-eminent guard in the country - Marianne Crawford Stanley. It is so important we celebrate our heritage and history."

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