March 23, 2005
Top-seeded Tennessee defeated 9th-seeded Purdue, 75-54, to advance to the Philadelphia Regional semifinals and will play Texas Tech.
Tennessee Head Coach Pat Summitt passes Dean Smith to become the NCAA's all-time winningest coach with her 880th victory.
Tennessee's court will now be known as "The Summitt" at Thompson-Boling Arena.
|Pat Summitt||Dean Smith|
|NCAA tournament berths||24*||27^|
|Final Four appearances||15$||11|
|Consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 berths||24||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|
|Win #880||75-54 over Purdue||--|
|Mar. 22, 2005||--|
* increases to 30 including six AIAW appearances
^ increases to 31 including 4 NIT appearances
$ increases to 19 including 4 AIAW appearances
University of Tennessee Notes
First-seeded Tennessee improves to 28-4 on the season. Tennessee has now won at least 28 games in each of the last 15 seasons.
The Lady Vols have compiled an 87-17 record in their 24 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee has won 46 consecutive NCAA tournament games in Knoxville, including 34 in Thompson-Boling Arena. Their streak increases to 51 games when taking into account contests in the AIAW tournament.
Tennessee advances to its 24th consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 and will face Texas Tech. UT is 4-0 all-time versus the Lady Raiders. The Lady Vols earned a 57-44 victory in their last meeting on March 27, 2000, in the Mideast Regional final in Memphis, Tenn.
UT improves its all-time record to 6-1 against Purdue. It was the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament between the schools. It is now 42-4 all-time against Big Ten opponents.
Tennessee held Purdue to just 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) shooting in the second half.
Tennessee's 11 3-pointers set a school record in NCAA tournament games, eclipsing the nine the Lady Vols made against DePaul in the second round on Mar. 22, 2004.
With a game-high 18 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in 23 minutes, Tye'sha Fluker earned her third double-double of the season.
Freshman Nicky Anosike swiped a career-high six steals, coming up just shy of UT's NCAA Tournament single-game record (Nicky McCray, 7, versus Northwestern on March 20, 1993.
Shanna Zolman is 8-of-13 from beyond the arc during the first two games of the NCAA Tournament. She is 16-of-23 from the field overall.
Zolman has scored in double figures in seven of her past eight tournament games. She has now hit 22 3-pointers in 14 career tournament games.
Purdue University Notes
Ninth-seeded Purdue finishes the season with a record of 17-13. The Boilermakers fail to win at least 20 games for the first time since 1996-97 (17-11).
The Boilermakers are now 34-15 in 16 appearances in the NCAA tournament, including the past 12 in a row (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005).
Purdue finishes the season 3-9 against top-25 teams this season.
Purdue is now 9-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament Second Round games.
Purdue is one of at least four teams in the NCAA tournament-and one of two at this site-that have a married couple on the coaching staff. Head coach Kristy Curry and assistant Kelly Curry are married, as are Western Carolina's head coach Kellie Harper and assistant coach Jon Harper. In the Kansas City regional, Southern Cal assistants Jody and Derrick Wynn are married, as are Liberty assistant Kelley Deyo and graduate assistant Adam Deyo at the Chattanooga regional.
After committing a program-record low 13.1 turnovers per game during 2003-04 season, Purdue averaged 19.0 giveaways before committing 26 miscues tonight.
Sharika Webb scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a game-high 11 boards to earn her first double-double this season.