NORMAL — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association recognized the success of first-year Illinois State women’s coach Stephanie Glance on Tuesday with the Maggie Dixon Division I Rookie Coach of the Year Award.

Glance has guided the Redbirds to a 24-10 record and a semifinal berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament against Southern California Wednesday in a 7:05 p.m. game at Redbird Arena.

“It’s very humbling,” Glance said. “It’s a very nice honor, but really it speaks to the players’ accomplishments and our staff. I’m very grateful for the honor, but also grateful for all the people who have made this year so special.”

The award is named after the former Army coach who died in 2006.

“Maggie Dixon was such an inspiration to our profession and her sudden loss was felt by all,” said Glance.

Glance will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show on Monday in Indianapolis.

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