June 28, 2013 |
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Pat Summitt says she's "very, very content" in her new role now that she's had a year to adjust to life after coaching. The former Tennessee women's basketball coach showed no obvious signs of her illness yesterday during a rare 3-minute session with local media at a preview screening of "Pat XO," a documentary on her life airing July 9 on ESPN. Summitt stepped down in April 2012, 1 year after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Summitt, whose 1,098 career victories make her the winningest Division I men's or women's basketball coach in history, attended most of the Lady Vols' practices and watched nearly every home game from the stands this past season as head coach emeritus.
January 15, 2003 |
Watch out Dean Smith. Pat Summitt isn't retiring any time soon. Summitt became the first coach in women's college basketball history to win 800 career games when No. 5 Tennessee beat No. 25 De Paul, 76-57, last night in front of a raucous home crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena. Summitt is just the fourth men's or women's coach in Division I with 800 victories, behind Smith, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and Jim Phelan at Mount Saint Mary's. Smith retired in 1997 as North Carolina's coach with a record 879 wins.
February 2, 2001 |
It was another thriller, perhaps the best, in the ongoing Tennessee-Connecticut women's basketball wars last night. The third-ranked Volunteers emerged with a 92-88 triumph over second-ranked UConn. The closely fought contest was played before a crowd of 21,530 at Thompson-Boling Arena, about 3,000 less than ticket sales for the event. The victory - the 750th of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt's career - was not secured until Ashley Robinson's two foul shots with three seconds remaining put the game beyond the reach of the defending NCAA champion Huskies (17-2)
November 10, 2007 |
Last night, Temple needed to bring its best into revved-up Thompson-Boling Arena to avoid getting run over. Beginning their season with their highest-ranked opponent, the Owls got slammed by No. 7 Tennessee, 80-63, with barely any offensive contribution from the Volunteers' all-American guard, Chris Lofton. In front of a sellout crowd of 21,817, Tennessee was fine without Lofton getting hot, since Temple didn't hit a three-pointer until the second half and finished with 23 turnovers.
March 27, 1990 |
Virginia's success in reaching the NCAA women's Final Four can be traced to the Cavaliers' 72-71 overtime victory over host Rutgers at the Bell Atlantic Tournament in December. In that game, sophomore guard Tammi Reiss made a desperation three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. The Cavs had trailed the Knights most of the second half. In the extra session, freshman Dena Evans hit several three-pointers in the closing minute to give Virginia the victory.
April 1, 2003 |
For 20 minutes last night, Villanova seemed ready to spring one more shocker in a month filled with stunning victories. At the half, powerful Tennessee had only a slim 32-29 lead over the second-seeded Wildcats in the Mideast Regional final of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Could it be possible that the vastly superior and top-seeded Vols might falter at Thompson-Boling Arena, the home court where they had not lost in 43 previous NCAA appearances? Not really.
March 28, 1998 |
The women's NCAA championship game tomorrow night might well be a great clash between proud and successful programs, or it could be Tennessee's coronation. Louisiana Tech might refuse to go along with a merely ceremonial role, but if last night's semifinal meant anything, the Lady Vols should consider taking the floor via red carpet. Here and there, teams have given this undefeated Tennessee team a game, but last night Arkansas was neither here nor there. The 86-58 final score was only a shadow of the story.
March 1, 1994 |
Wade Houston, his team heading for its worst record in more than 30 years, resigned as coach at Tennessee yesterday, effective after this season. The Volunteers (5-19, 2-12 Southeastern Conference) have two regular-season games left before the SEC Tournament in two weeks. This season's mark is the worst since the Volunteers went 4-19 under Johnny Sines in 1961-62. "We feel that the announcement at this juncture will allow the university to openly pursue its search for a new coach, assure a smooth transition in the program, help our recruits to make a more informed and knowledgeable choice of institutions, and enhance my and the staff's opportunities to pursue our career goals," Houston said.
January 11, 2010 |
The loss of four key players helped Tennessee come together as a team. Now No. 1 Kansas is looking to do the same after failing to survive the second of two close games. Scotty Hopson had 17 points and No. 16 Tennessee, with a lineup thinned by suspensions, dismissals and injuries, handed visiting Kansas its first loss of the season, 76-68, yesterday. "It's pretty amazing what chemistry can do when guys put their minds to something and know their backs are up against the wall a little bit and they rally, and they don't quit and they believe in themselves," Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said.
March 25, 2000 |
Planning or arrogance? In 1990, Tennessee couldn't be faulted for either. The Volunteers were the reigning national champions and the favorites to repeat. Plus, they were slated to host the Final Four in Thompson-Boling Arena, where they had lost just one game - to Louisiana Tech by a single point - all season. So before securing a spot in the Final Four, the Vols had T-shirts made declaring, "Three and Tennessee," in the Final Four. It would have been a catchy phrase, if not for Dawn Staley and Virginia, who instead dictated that the slogan read, "Three and an Upstart.