March 21, 2005
First-seeded Tennessee defeated 16th-seeded Western Carolina 94-43 to advance to the second round. Tennessee will face ninth-seeded Purdue in the late game on Tuesday.
Pat Summitt tied former North Carolina men's coach Dean Smith as the all-time winningest basketball player in NCAA history with 879 victories. The chart below compares impressive numbers from their careers.
|Pat Summitt||Dean Smith|
|NCAA tournament berths||24*||27^|
|Final Four appearances||15$||11|
|Consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 berths||23||13|
|Regular-season conference titles||13||17|
|Consecutive 20-win seasons||29||27|
|Total 20-win seasons||29||30|
|Consecutive 25-win seasons||25||22|
|Win #879||94-43 over Western Carolina||97-74 over Louisville|
|Mar. 20, 2005||Mar. 23, 1997|
* increases to 30 including six AIAW appearances
^ increases to 31 including 4 NIT appearances
$ increases to 19 including 5 AIAW appearances