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Lady Vols Head Coach Pat Summitt


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Tuesday, June 28
Tennessee Mourns Loss Of Iconic Coach

 COACH PAT SUMMITT: 1952-2016

Born Patricia Sue Head on June 14, 1952 in Clarksville, Tennessee, Summitt arrived at the University of Tennessee for her first job as a 22-year-old physical education teacher and coach in 1974. As it turned out, the move to Knoxville would be the only one she'd make in her career. She leaves a legacy of greatness and grace that will never be forgotten.

Famous for her intensity, Summitt's competitive fire was reflected in her steely blue eyes and an icy stare that often connected with, and strengthened the resolve of, her student-athletes. Conversely, she possessed warmth and humor that demonstrated, in a motherly way, that her critiques were from the heart of someone who truly cared. They were simply methods of coaxing the very best she could get out of young women for whom she was responsible and preparing them for the rigors of the game and life.

More than once, she reflected, "they don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Summitt served as head coach of the Lady Volunteers for 38 seasons and recorded an astounding overall record of 1,098-208 (.840). She made the UT program known and respected worldwide for its standard of excellence.

Her incredible body of work in that regard earned her the title "Naismith Women's Collegiate Coach of the Century" for the 1900s. It was a hallmark achievement for a leader who received a plethora of national (seven times) and SEC coach of the year (eight times) accolades during her career.

So respected as a women's college coach was Summitt, she was viewed as being equally capable of coaching men and was occasionally mentioned as a candidate to do so. UT and NFL great Peyton Manning told Summitt he always wished he could have played for her. He alluded, if she had pursued that path, that she had the traits necessary to be a successful football coach as well.

Summitt's passion, though, was developing young women into champions, graduates and successful citizens, and she did it better than anyone ever had. Her example served as motivation that girls could do anything they put their minds to if they were willing to put in the work. The growth in the game of basketball is just one area where her influence is evident.

The first NCAA basketball coach to reach the 1,000-win plateau, her victory total still stands as the most in NCAA Division I women's or men's hoops history. She accomplished that feat despite early retirement from the game on April 18, 2012, after revealing she was suffering from early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, less than a year earlier on Aug. 23, 2011.

Summitt served as head coach emeritus since 2012 and also devoted her time to raising awareness worldwide about Alzheimer's disease through the Pat Summitt Foundation and its highly-successful "We Back Pat" campaign. Her willingness to bravely share her fight against the illness allowed Summitt a platform where her courage impacted fund-raising efforts and gave hope to millions who are affected directly or through a loved one.

The uncommon valor Summitt demonstrated while facing her toughest foe earned her even greater admiration than she had attained as a hall of fame coach. President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The tributes continue to this day and will for some time to come.

During her illustrious career, Summitt's teams made a record-setting 31-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, winning eight NCAA National Championships and finishing second five times while playing in 22 NCAA or AIAW Final Fours. UT recorded the very first three-peat in NCAA Division I women's basketball, seizing national titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998, with the third of those squads cruising to a school-best 39-0 record.

She also guided the Big Orange to 16 SEC regular-season titles and 16 SEC Tournaments, including victories in the first-ever SEC tourney in 1980 and her final one as head coach in 2012. Tennessee was a dominant 458-69 (.869) vs. SEC opponents during her tenure, including 69-17 (.795) during tourney play.

Summitt, who won silver as a player at the 1976 Olympics and coached the 1984 U.S. team to gold, directed 14 players at UT who made Olympic Teams. She developed 21 WBCA All-Americans and 39 All-SEC players. She sent 39 Lady Vols to the WNBA, including 15 drafted in the first round and three picked No. 1 overall.

Using the attributes of discipline, hard work and sacrifice she learned while doing chores as a child on her family's farm, Summitt taught her players to embrace and embody those traits and, along the way, established a code of conduct she called her "Definite Dozen."

They are: Respect yourself and others. Take full responsibility. Develop and demonstrate loyalty. Learn to be a great communicator. Discipline yourself so no one else has to. Make hard work your passion. Don't just work hard, work smart. Put the team before yourself. Make winning an attitude. Be a competitor. Change is a must. Handle success like you handle failure.

Those tenets weren't tailored solely for the basketball court. Summitt knew they were applicable to the classroom and for the rest of the players' lives, ensuring that she was developing educated, self-sufficient young women to send into the world.

Furthermore, she empowered her players by providing a strong parental presence and creating a family atmosphere where student-athletes from all backgrounds felt at home.

As a result, not only was Tennessee highly successful on the hardwood, the program was perfect in graduating players. All 122 Lady Vols under her watch who completed their eligibility at UT earned degrees.

At the time of her retirement, 78 individuals who were mentored in the UT program by Summitt occupied basketball coaching or administrative positions. Among them is Tennessee's current head coach, Holly Warlick, who played for Summitt from 1976-80 and coached beside her from 1985 to 2012.

Summitt's accomplishments as one of the game's greatest teachers resulted in basketball courts being named in her honor (at Tennessee and her alma maters UT Martin and Cheatham County H.S.). She was named to no fewer than eight halls of fame, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Streets bear her name in Knoxville and Martin. A statue and plaza were constructed near Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena in 2013.

Just up the street on the UT campus from Pat Summitt Plaza resides another statue, the Torchbearer, whose outstretched arm grasps a torch perpetually aflame. The iconic monument in Circle Park symbolizes the university's Volunteer Creed, which states "One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others."

As a coach, mentor, mother-figure, ambassador, trailblazer and role model, Pat Summitt was a living torchbearer. Hers is a light that also cannot be extinguished.

 

 

 

 



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Lady Vols Merchandise



Monday, November 7
2016 -17 SCHEDULE

Records:
Overall 2-2  Conf. 0-0  Home 1-0  Away 1-2  Neutral 0-0

DateOpponent/EventLocationTime/Result
11/07/16 vs. Carson-Newman College ^ Knoxville, Tenn.   W 95 - 56 
11/11/16 at James Madison  Harrisonburg, VA   W 81 - 69 
11/13/16 vs. Navy Knoxville, Tenn.   W 85 - 55
11/15/16 at ETSU Johnson City, Tenn.   W 83 - 58 
11/20/16 at Penn State  University Park, PA    L 56 - 70 
11/27/16 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA    L 63 - 67
11/30/16 vs. Tennessee State  Knoxville, Tenn.  7:00PM L 
12/04/16 vs. Baylor Knoxville, Tenn.  2:00PM W
12/11/16 at Texas Austin, TX.  4:30PM L 
12/14/16 vs. Appalachian State Knoxville, Tenn.  7:00PM W
12/18/16 vs. Stanford Knoxville, Tenn  3:00PM L
12/21/16 vs  Troy  Knoxville, Tenn.  7:00PM W
12/29/16 vs. UNC-Wilmington Knoxville, Tenn.  7:00PM W
01/01/17 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn.              4:00PM W
01/05/17 at  Vanderbilt  * Nashville, Tenn.  9:00PM L
01/08/17 vs. Mississippi State  * Knoxville, Tenn.  2:00PM W
01/12/17 at Ole Miss * Oxford, MS  7:00PM L
01/16/17 vs Notre Dame Knoxville, Tenn.  7:00PM L
01/19/17 at Auburn * Auburn, AL  7:00PM W
01/22/17 vs. Vanderbilt * Knoxville, Tenn  5:00PM L
01/26/17 at Florida * Gainesville, FL  7:00PM L
01/30/17 at. South Carolina * Columbia, SC  6:00PM W
02/02/17 vs. LSU * Knoxville, Tenn.  7:00PM W
02/05/17 at Georgia * Athens, GA  4:00PM L
02/09/17 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn.  7:00PM W
02/12/17 vs. Texas A&M * Knoxville, Tenn.  2:00PM L
02/16/17 at Alabama * Tuscaloosa, AL  8:00PM W
02/19/17 vs. Arkansas * Knoxville, Tenn.  3:00PM L
02/23/17 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn  7:00PM L
02/26/17 at Mississippi State * Starkville, MS  TBD W
SEC Tournament
       
03/02/17 vs Greenville, SC  
03/03/17 vs   Greenville, SC  
03/04/17 vs Greenville, SC  
03/05/17 Finals Greenville, SC  
NCAA Tournament - First and Second Rounds
 03/0/17 vs TBD  W
 03/0/17 vs TBD  W
NCAA Tournament - Regionals                 TBD
 03/0/17 Regional Semifinal - TBD  
  Regional Final TBD  
NCAA Tournament - Final Four
  National Semifinal TBD  
  National Championship Game TBD  

* Conference ^ Exhibition

 



Sunday, November 20
Lady Vols Fall to Virginia Tech, 67-63

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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- No. 17/16 Tennessee nearly overcame a double-digit deficit to Virginia Tech in the fourth quarter, but the team fell, 67-63, on Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

 The Hokies (6-0) led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Vols (3-2) cut the deficit to three with 1:17 remaining in the game on two free throws by Jaime Nared. Mercedes Russell recorded one of her three rejections with 55.6 seconds remaining, as she knocked it off Chanette Hicks to give the Lady Vols possession.

Diamond DeShields hit Russell on a screen-and-roll to cut the deficit to 62-61. However, the Hokies regained a three-point lead, as Hicks went into the lane and made a layup while being fouled. The sophomore guard missed the free throw, keeping the game at one possession with 29.9 seconds remaining.

Nared drove into the lane, but couldn't convert a layup amidst contact, and the Lady Vols were forced to foul. Hicks made two free throws to seal the game.

Russell finished with 17 points and season highs with 14 rebounds and three blocks. Nared recorded her second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. DeShields finished a rebound shy of a double-double, collecting 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists . Jordan Reynolds finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Hicks led the Hokies with 24 points, five rebounds and eight steals. Regan Magarity finished with 16 points, and Sidney Cook scored 14 points and added 12 rebounds.

The Lady Vols opened up the game with a Nared layup, but the Hokies rattled off eight straight points on their way to taking an 18-10 lead after the first quarter.

Tennessee made a run during the second period, as Russell made her impact during a 13-3 Tennessee run. Russell had four points and two rebounds in the spurt. Meme Jackson hit a three pointer to bring the score to 25-24, and the Lady Vols retook the lead after DeShields stole the ball and passed ahead for a fastbreak layup by Nared.

The third quarter opened as a tight affair. Russell converted a three-point-play with 3:27 remaining in the frame to tie the game, but Virginia Tech scored seven consecutive points, six of those on layups by Magarity. Tech was able to push its lead to 11 by the end of the third.

After the Hokies scored the first bucket of the fourth quarter to push their lead to 13, the Lady Vols responded with a 9-0 run, with four of those coming from Reynolds to get UT back into the game. The Lady Vols, however, weren't able to close it out.

Tennessee will return to the court on Wednesday, as it takes on Tennessee State at 7 p.m. ET on SECN+/WatchESPN. The Lady Vols are 4-0 all-time against Tennessee State, with the last victory coming in 2014 as the #4 Lady Vols defeated the Tigers 97-46.

Double-Double Brigade

  • Mercedes Russell recorded her fourth double-double in five games so far this season with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Russell recorded her 14th career double-double, which moves her into a tie for 21st place all-time on Tennessee's career double-double chart. She is tied with Shelia Collins (1981-85), Pashen Thompson (1993-97) and Vonda Ward (1991-95).
  • Jaime Nared recorded her second consecutive double-double, as she finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It is Nared's third career double-double and second of the year.

Block Party

  • Russell recorded three blocks and is now ranked 10th on the school's all-time career blocks list with 112, passing Chamique Holdsclaw (111).
  • The Lady Vols blocked six shots in the first half of the game vs. Virginia Tech, which was more than they had blocked in any of their previous four games in 2016. The team's season high was four in the win over James Madison.
  • Tennessee finished with 10 blocks, led by three from Russell and two from DeShields and Reynolds.
  • Jordan Reynolds finished with two blocks, tying a career high that she last set against Alabama on Jan. 31, 2016.

 



Next

vs Tennessee State

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Time: 7:00 p.m. ET    
Date: November 30, 2016    
Location: Knoxville, TN    
        TV:  SECN (Online)                                      
                     
                


SEC

Saturday, October 22
2016-2017 Roster




Women's Basketball team 2016
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2 cooper te'a Te'a Cooper 68 5-8 G 3 SO Powder Springs, Ga. McEachern H.S.
11 deshields diamond Diamond DeShields 73 6-1 G 6 RS JR Norcross, Ga. North Carolina
13 dunbar kortney Kortney Dunbar 74 6-2 F 5 JR Edwardsville, Ill. Edwardsville H.S.
15 green cheridene Cheridene Green 75 6-3 F 5 JR London, England ASA College
5 harris kamera Kamera Harris 75 6-3 C 1 FR Hampton, Ga. Dutchtown H.S.
10 jackson meme Meme Jackson 71 5-11 G/F 3 SO Murfreesboro, Tenn. Blackman H.S.
33 middleton alexa Alexa Middleton 69 5-9 G 5 JR Murfreesboro, Tenn. Riverdale H.S.
31 nared jaime Jaime Nared 74 6-2 G/F 5 JR Portland, Ore. Westview H.S.
4 nunn schaquilla Schaquilla Nunn 75 6-3 F 8 RS SR Fayetteville, Ga. Winthrop
-10 reynolds jordan Jordan Reynolds 71 5-11 G 7 SR Portland, Ore. Central Catholic H.S.
21 russell mercedes Mercedes Russell 78 6-6 C 6 RS JR Springfield, Ore. Springfield H.S.

Coaches
Holly Warlick - Head Coach
Jolette Law - Assistant Coach
Dean Lockwood - Assistant Coach
Sharrona Reaves - Assistant Coach
Michael Beaumont - Director of Basketball Operations
Janet McGee - Assistant To The Head Coach
Heather Ervin - Director of Recruiting Operations & Player Personnel
Lee Taylor - Strength & Conditioning Coach
Ashley Wilson - Associate Director of Sports Medicine
Josh Boucher - Video Coordinator
Jasmine Jones - Graduate Assistant


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