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Summitt to be Featured in "Nine for IX" Series

Lady Vol Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt will be featured in ESPN Films and espnW's "Nine for IX" series, which will air on this summer.

The documentary series focuses on women who have made an impact on the sports world and paved the way for females in athletics. The entire series was shot and put together by female filmmakers.

Summitt's feature titled "Pat XO" is produced by Robin Roberts, and her son, Tyler, acts as the lead storyteller. It also shares recollections from Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings, Michelle Marciniak and Peyton Manning, to name a few.

Summitt is the winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball, with a 1,098-208 record (.840). She spent 38 years at the helm of the Lady Vol basketball program, coaching eight NCAA Championships and 32 combined Southeastern Conference titles.

The series premieres on July 2 on ESPN and the films will air over consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. ET. You can check out an intro into the series from Robin Roberts and Pat Summitt here.

espnW: ESPN Films and espnW Announce Nine for IX




Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.


Be sure to tune into Vol Calls on Monday night, coming to you live from Calhoun's on the River. Women's Basketball Coach Holly Warlick will be on site starting at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Men's coach Cuonzo Martin will join the show on the phone around 8:15 p.m.

The featured guest will be Super Bowl Champion Morgan Cox of the Baltimore Ravens, who will join the show around 8:40 p.m.

LISTEN LIVE on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

Graves Burying the Competition

Lady Vol freshman standout Bashaara Graves has been a dominant factor in Tennessee's success this season. The 6-foot-2 Clarksville native has racked up a team-best nine double-doubles, which is third overall in the SEC,  and leads all freshmen in the league in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.7 rpg). She has been honored as SEC Freshman of the Week on four occasions this year, the most any player has been recognized this season.

Among Division I freshmen, Graves is fourth in scoring, sixth in rebounds, and second in field goal percentage (51.2 percent). Her field goal percentage is 35th overall in the nation.

Division I Freshmen Scoring (overall national rank at beginning)

118. Briahanna Jackson, UCF

15.3

141. Talia Walton, Washington

15.0

160. Lia Galdeira, Washington State

14.7

163. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

14.6


Division I Freshman Rebounding (overall national rank at beginning)

7. Jillian Alleyne, Oregon

12.2

27. Schaquilla Nunn, Winthrop

10.6

31. Riana Byrd, San Jose State

10.3

59. Joy Adams, Iona

9.5

69. Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas

9.2

91. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

8.7


Division I Freshman Field Goal Percentage (overall national rank at beginning)

34. Breanna Stewart, Connecticut

51.4%

35. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

51.2%


Graves has scored in double figures in 21 of 24 games this season, and 14 of those instances were more than 15 points. She's also led the team in rebounding 13 times, more than half of the games this season.

Aside from her standout statistics, Graves has came up big for UT in close match ups this season, including making needed free throws in UT's overtime victory at Florida, and scoring the game-winning shot at LSU with .8 seconds left in the game.

Check out what media are saying about the Tennessee newcomer.

-Swish Appeal: Bashaara Graves: The fire within
-The Daily Beacon: Graves brings more than skill to Lady Vols
-WBIR: Rapid Fire: Bashaara Graves
-Associated Press: Freshman Graves emerges as force for Lady Vols
-Associated Press: Injuries leave Lady Vols weak at post;Freshmen must step forward vs. Bulldogs
-Knox News Sentinel: Responsibility is growing for Lady Vols' Bashaara Graves
-espnW: Tenn Questions with Graves

Happy Birthday - Feb. 14: Justin Harrell, Kara Lawson

A pair of former Tennessee stars celebrate their birthdays on Valentine's Day. 

On Feb. 14, former football star Justin Harrell celebrates his birthday. Harrell was a 2007 NFL first-round selection by the Green Bay Packers and won Super Bowl XLV.


Also celebrating on Feb. 14 is Lady Vols legend Kara Lawson, who has had a star career on and off the court in the WNBA and as a broadcaster on ESPN since graduating from Tennessee



Catchings Featured at 2013 Sears Shooting Stars

Five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will represent the Eastern Conference at the 2013 Sears Shooting Stars as part of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night this Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

The former Lady Vol standout guided the Indiana Fever to the 2012 WNBA title and earned Finals MVP honors along the way.

Also representing the Eastern Conference from the WNBA is Swin Cash of the Chicago Sky. NBA Eastern Conference participants include Miami Heat's Chris Bosh and Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez. The NBA Legends of the East squads are Muggsy Bogues and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.

For the Western Conference, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder will represent the NBA and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Tina Thompson of the Seattle Storm will play on behalf of the WNBA. NBA legends Sam Cassell and Roberty Horry round out the Western Conference's representatives.

Team New York defeated Team Texas in last year's competition, with former Vol Allan Houston featured on Team New York.

Sears Shooting Stars is part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, an all-inclusive skills showcase, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be televised live by TNT at 8 p.m. ET.  The other events consist of the the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, a contest of top guards working against the clock to complete a series of passes, free throws, layups and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. For the first time, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature a new format that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a night of competitions that will raise money for charity.

The Sears Shooting Stars contest features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA legend on each team. There are six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course.

Lady Vol Illustrated/Vol Calls - Monday Night at 7:30 p.m.


This week prior to the regularly scheduled Vol Calls at 8 p.m., Head Coach of the Lady Vols basketball team Holly Warlick will take part in Lady Vol Illustrated at 7:30 p.m. followed by freshman Bashaara Graves around 7:45 p.m.

Head coaches Butch Jones as well as Cuonzo Martin will be in-person at Calhoun's on the River tonight for "Vol Calls" on the Vol Network at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. Jones will kickoff the show at 8 p.m. ET followed by wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni at 8:20 p.m. ET and concluding with Martin at 8:35 p.m. ET

Fans can listen across the state on the Vol Radio Network or online at UTSports.com/AllAccess.


UT-LSU Pregame Press

No. 12/13 Tennessee and LSU battle in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday night in a key SEC women's basketball game for both schools. Both teams have limited rosters, both teams have players coming off injuries and both teams have staff members who come from the Pat Summitt coaching tree, including head coaches Holly Warlick and Nikki Caldwell. Likewise, both teams are looking to bounce back from losses in their last games.

Here's a look at some articles previewing the match-up:

Baton Rouge Advocate: Caldwell, Warlick looking for a win
Knoxville News Sentinel: Nikki Caldwell says LSU in 'desperate situation'
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols 'would be lucky' to have Williams against LSU
The Daily Reveille: Coaches reunite with Tennessee matchup
Inside Tennessee (Pay Site): Lady Vols to take on LSU tonight






UT-LSU Pregame Press

No. 12/13 Tennessee and LSU battle in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday night in a key SEC women's basketball game for both schools. Both teams have limited rosters, both teams have players coming off injuries and both teams have staff members who come from the Pat Summitt coaching tree, including head coaches Holly Warlick and Nikki Caldwell. Likewise, both teams are looking to bounce back from losses in their last games.

Here's a look at some articles previewing the match-up:

Baton Rouge Advocate: Caldwell, Warlick looking for a win
Knoxville News Sentinel: Nikki Caldwell says LSU in 'desperate situation'
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols 'would be lucky' to have Williams against LSU
The Daily Reveille: Coaches reunite with Tennessee matchup
Inside Tennessee (Pay Site): Lady Vols to take on LSU tonight






Happy Birthday - Feb. 7: Hayes, Randall

On Feb. 7 we would like to wish a Happy Birthday to current Tennessee track sprinter David Hayes.

David Hayes

Also celebrating a birthday is and former Lady Vols basketball star and current head coach of the Ohio Bobcats, Semeka Randall.

Randall helped the Lady Vols to the 1998 NCAA Championship in a season where UT finished with a perfect 39-0 record. She was a member of "The Meeks" alongside Lady Vol stars Tamika Catchings and Chamique Holdsclaw, was a two-time All-American and later went on to play in the WNBA.
                      


Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.


Tennessee basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin will be in-person at Calhoun's on the River tonight for "Vol Calls" on the Vol Network at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. Lady Vol Coach Holly Warlick and former Lady Vol and 2012 WNBA Championships MVP Tamika Catchings will also be guests on tonight's show. Fans can listen across the state on the Vol Radio Network or online at UTSports.com/AllAccess.

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