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Knoxville, Tennessee




Lady Vols Head Coach Pat Summitt


Tuesday, June 28
Tennessee Mourns Loss Of Iconic Coach


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.








Lady Vols Merchandise




2016 -17 SCHEDULE

Overall 20-12  Conf. 10-6  Home 13-3  Away 6-7  Neutral 1-2

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.   W 86 - 36 
12/04/16 vs. Baylor Knoxville, Tenn.    L 66 - 88 
12/11/16 at Texas Austin, TX.    L 67 - 72 
12/14/16 vs. Appalachian State Knoxville, Tenn.   W 92 - 66
12/18/16 vs. Stanford Knoxville, Tenn   W 59 - 51 
12/21/16 vs  Troy  Knoxville, Tenn.   W 110 - 84
12/29/16 vs. UNC-Wilmington Knoxville, Tenn.   W 90 - 54
01/01/17 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn.               W 72 - 65
01/05/17 at  Vanderbilt  * Nashville, Tenn.   W 70 - 57
01/08/17 vs. Mississippi State  * Knoxville, Tenn.    L 64 - 74
01/12/17 at Ole Miss * Oxford, MS    L 62 - 67 
01/16/17 vs Notre Dame Knoxville, Tenn.   W 71 - 69 
01/19/17 at Auburn * Auburn, AL    L 61 - 79 
01/22/17 vs. Vanderbilt * Knoxville, Tenn   W 91 - 63 
01/26/17 at Florida * Gainesville, FL   W 84 - 75
01/30/17 at. South Carolina * Columbia, SC   W 76 - 74
02/02/17 vs. LSU * Knoxville, Tenn.   W 77 - 58
02/05/17 at Georgia * Athens, GA    L  78 - 81
02/09/17 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn.   W 77 - 66
02/12/17 vs. Texas A&M * Knoxville, Tenn.    L  59- 61
02/16/17 at Alabama * Tuscaloosa, AL    L 57 - 65 
02/19/17 vs. Arkansas * Knoxville, Tenn.   W 59 - 46 
02/23/17 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn   W 74 - 70 
02/26/17 at Mississippi State * Starkville, MS   W 82 - 64
SEC Tournament
03/02/17 vs Alabama Greenville, SC   L 64 - 72
NCAA Tournament - First and Second Rounds
 03/18/17 vs Dayton Louisville, KY  W 66 - 57 
 03/20/17 vs Louisville Louisville, KY   L 64 - 75

* Conference ^ Exhibition


Monday, March 20
Lady Vols Fall To Louisville


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jaime Nared had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Mercedes Russell added 11 points and 13 boards, but Tennessee could not survive Louisville's fourth-quarter surge as the No. 5 seed Lady Vols fell to the No. 4 seed Cardinals, 75-64, on Monday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center.

 Tennessee (20-12) held a 47-46 lead entering the fourth quarter, but the Lady Vols missed their first 12 shots of the final 10 minutes of the game while Louisville (29-7) swung momentum in its favor.

Nared's 28 points were the most she has ever scored in an NCAA Tournament game and her 11 boards tied for her most in NCAA play. She was 9-of-18 from the floor, 3-of 5 from 3-point range and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.

Russell logged her 19th double-double of season and had three assists and two blocks. Diamond DeShields finished with 15 points, nine of which came in the second half.

Asia Durr led the way for Louisville with 23 points, scoring 14 after halftime. Mariya Moore added 19 points for UofL and was a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Louisville led for most of the first quarter before a DeShields layup at the 3:37 mark sparked a 10-3 lead that put the Lady Vols up, 21-20, with 25 seconds left. Louisville's Briahanna Jackson made a layup with four seconds remaining in the quarter to put the Cardinals back in front, 22-21. Nared scored nine points in the first quarter.

UofL took a 35-31 lead into halftime. Nared led the Lady Vols with 15 points at the half. Tennessee committed seven first-half turnovers and struggled at the free-throw line, making just seven of 14 attempts.

The Lady Vols scored five quick points to start the second half. In the first minute of the third quarter, Alexa Middleton made a layup and Nared knocked down a 3-pointer to give UT a brief 36-35 lead. With under three minutes left in the third quarter, Nared connected on another 3-pointer from the top of the arc to start a quick 7-0 run and Tennessee took a 47-46 advantage into the fourth.

Moore opened the fourth quarter on fire and Louisville seized control of the game. She scored eight quick points, including on a pair of 3-pointers, to put the Cardinals back in front, 54-47. The Lady Vols fought back in the final five minutes, twice erasing double-digit deficits to get to within six points. Louisville pulled away in the closing seconds as Durr made two free throws with 19 seconds left and Myisha Hines-Allen made a layup with 10 seconds remaining.


  • Jaime Nared entered the night with NCAA Tournament career averages of 7.7 points and 6.3 rebounds and was shooting 29.4 percent from the field in those previous nine games. On Monday she more than tripled her NCAA scoring average, nearly doubled her rebounding average and shot 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from the floor.
  • Nared's 28 points marked the ninth 20-point performance of her career and her eighth on the season.
  • Nared's three made 3-pointers also matched her career high. Entering Monday's game Nared was 5-of-14 from long distance in nine previous NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • Nared recorded the ninth double-double of her career and her eighth of the year.



  • With her 19 double-doubles on the season, Mercedes Russell passed Isabelle Harrison (18 in 2012-13) for the most double-doubles by a Lady Vol junior in program history.
  • Russell's 19 double-doubles are the second-highest single-season total in Lady Vol history, behind Candace Parker's 21 as a sophomore in the 2005-06 season.
  • As the SEC leader in double-doubles this season, Russell now has 30 in her career. She sits tied with Daedra Charles and Sheila Frost for seventh-most double-doubles in school history.


vs Louisville

Time: 4:30 p.m. ET    
Date: March 20, 2017    
Location: Louisville, KY    
        TV: ESPN2                                    


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.

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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