Black and gold? Not according to Melissa Dixon's shoes

Ryan Murken
Melissa Dixon (center) and the Iowa Hawkeyes warm up prior to their game against Baylor.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Melissa Dixon isn't trying to make a fashion statement with her footwear.

The Iowa senior guard isn't even attempting to be different.

In fact, it's exactly the opposite.

As an attempt to deal with injuries to her heel and foot, Dixon tried wearing low-top shoes this year.

The switch helped her feet, but when Iowa received their gold and yellow shoes for the NCAA Tournament, the low-top version that Dixon received had a distinct orange look.

"They are supposed to be gold, they really are," Dixon said laughing. "Our equipment person tried to match them as much as possible, they didn't want me to be out there in white shoes when everyone has the bright gold."

Dixon wore a white, low-top version of Iowa's normal game shoes this season.

When Iowa got their special NCAA Tournament shoes, Dixon ditched the white shoes but couldn't quite get the same gold look her teammates had.

"Some told people told me that they thought mine were cooler," Dixon said.

Shoes haven't mattered much for Dixon this season.

She leads the nation in 3-point field goals per game with 3.7 and is shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.

Dixon is second on the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game entering tonight's NCAA Tournament regional semifinal game against Baylor (32-3) at 6:30 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Melissa Dixon's shoes (left) are noticeably a different color than that of her teammates.