April 2, 2007
The win tonight...
- Improves UT to 33-3 on the season
- Improves UT to 12-5 all-time in NCAA semifinal games
- Snaps a two-game losing streak to North Carolina and improves UT to 13-3 all-time against the Tar Heels
- Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 946-180 in her 33rd season at UT
- The first half was the third-lowest scoring half in terms of combined points in NCAA Final Four history as UT and UNC combined for just 43 points.
- Tennessee's 21 first-half points tie for the fifth lowest total for a half in UT's Final Four history.
- Tennessee's 21 first-half points tie for the ninth fewest in a game by UT in school history and the fewest this season.
- Tennessee's 24.1 percent from the field in the first half was its lowest of the season
- North Carolina's 21 points in the first half were the second fewest scored by a UT opponent in an NCAA Final Four game.
- Tennessee overcame a 12-point deficit, which ties for the fifth largest deficit overcome in an NCAA semifinal game
- Tennessee's 27.0 percent from the floor was the lowest ever in an NCAA semifinal game.
- Tennessee's 20 steals were the most ever in an NCAA semifinal game.
- North Carolina's 29 turnovers were the second most by a team in an NCAA semifinal game.
- Moved into ninth place in the single-season scoring lists at UT (689).
- Scored in double figures for the 33rd time this season and the 66th time in her career.
- Earned her 21st double-double of the season and the 31st of her career.
- Moved into 13th place in the UT record books for career starts (94)
- Moved into fifth place in career NCAA Tournament blocked shots (30)
- Tied her career-best in an NCAA Tournament game with 14 points
TENNESSEE NCAA NOTES
- Tennessee will be making its 12th appearance in the national title game, having posted a 6-5 (.545) ledger in the previous 11 contests.
- In title games, the Lady Vols are 2-4 when scoring in the 60's, 4-0 when tallying more than 70 points and 0-1 when scoring less than 60.
- Tennessee is 5-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament play versus Rutgers.
- Tennessee Women's Final Four Appearances (17): 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007.
- Tennessee National Titles (6): 1987, 1989 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998.
- Five schools have won multiple NCAA titles: Tennessee (6), Connecticut (5), Louisiana Tech (2), USC (2), and Stanford (2). The longest drought between national championships for each: Tennessee - nine years, current (last 1998); Connecticut - seven years (1996 to 1999); Louisiana Tech - 19 years, current (last 1988); USC - 23 years, current (last 1984); Stanford - 15 years, current (last 1992).
- Tennessee is making its record 17th trip to the Final Four. The Lady Vols have made appearances in six of the last eight years, and 10 in the last 13 years. (Louisiana Tech's nine Women's Final Four appearances rank second ahead of Connecticut's eight.).
- Tennessee is the only team to have participated in all 26 NCAA Tournaments.
- The No. 1 seed is the 17th in the last 20 years for the Lady Vols.
- Tennessee has made 25-straight Sweet 16 appearances.
- The Lady Vols have never lost in the first or second rounds.
- Tennessee has posted a 44-0 record in the tournament versus seeds four or below.
- 2007 is the 20th anniversary of head coach Pat Summitt's first national championship.
- Summitt has the highest winning percentage in NCAA tournament history at 97-19 (.836), and owns the marks for most tournament wins, games coached (116), and tournament appearances (26). In Final Four records, Summitt is first in NCAA titles (6), Women's Final Four appearances (17), and Women's Final Four wins (18).
- Tennessee's Women's Final Four record is 18-10 for a .643 winning percentage, third all-time.
- Tennessee is 12-5 (.706) in national semifinal games. The Lady Vols are 6-5 (.545) in NCAA championship games.
- The Lady Vols last lost a national semifinal game on April 3, 2005, when Michigan State posted a 68-64 win in Indianapolis, Ind. prior to the loss to the Spartans; Tennessee had not lost a national semifinal game to a team other than Connecticut since 1988, when it lost 68-59 to Louisiana Tech in Tacoma, Wash. The Lady Techsters beat the Lady Vols in the 1982 national semifinal. USC beat the Lady Vols in the 1986 national semifinal.
- Tennessee's average winning margin in its 12 national semifinal victories is +11.3 (72.1-60.8). Its average losing margin in its five national semifinal losses is -16.6 (73.4-56.8). Its overall margin in 17 national semifinal games is +3.1 (67.7-64.6).
- Tennessee national semifinal superlatives: largest win - 28 points (86-58 vs. Arkansas, 3/27/98); largest loss - 24 points (83-59 vs. USC, 3/28/86); smallest win - 2 points (52-50 vs. LSU, 4/4/04); smallest loss - 4 points (68-64 vs. Michigan State, 4/3/05).
- Tennessee has played one overtime game in a national semifinal, beating Connecticut 88-83 in Charlotte, N.C., on March 29, 1996.
- Tennessee entered the 2007 NCAA Women's Final Four having won four-straight NCAA Tournament games. The last time the Lady Vols won the NCAA championship, in 1998, they had won 44 games in a row entering the Final Four, including 37 straight in the 1997-98 season. Their shortest win streak preceding a Final Four is three games (1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1991). The last three years they came into the Final Four having won four straight.
- The only time Tennessee has won an NCAA title in the month of April was in 1989. The Lady Vols' five other titles were won in late March. Tennessee has had an opportunity to win five additional titles in April, but came up empty each time (1984, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004).
TENNESSEE TEAM NOTES
- Tennessee's 27.0 percent shooting mark tonight was the lowest by a winning team in women's basketball Final Four history.
- The 21 turnovers by Tennessee were the most committed by the Lady Vols since turning the ball over 25 times at Vanderbilt on Jan. 25, 2007, a span of 16 games.
- The Lady Vols ended the game on a 20-2 run over the final 8:18.
- The 56 points for Tennessee were the third-lowest point output for the Lady Vols in a game and second-lowest in a victory this season.
- Tennessee's second-half comeback is the eighth-largest margin (12 points) overcome in the Final Four, semifinals or championship game.
- Tennessee's 22 first-half points were the fewest in the first half this season.
- The Lady Vols' defense forced North Carolina into 15 first half turnovers and 29 for the game. The Tar Heels entered the tilt committing an average of 19.4 turnovers per game, including 20.0 in four NCAA Tournament games this season.
- Tennessee's defensive pressure forced 29 turnovers by North Carolina, the most by the Tar Heels since Nov. 25, 2006 versus Gonzaga.
- Tennessee registered 10 steals in the initial 20 minutes and finished the game with 20. The 20 steals were the most by the Orange and White since recording 22 at Louisiana Tech on Nov. 28, 2006. The Lady Vols entered the game recording 11.7 steals in their first 35 games this season.
- Tennessee shot a season-low 24.1 percent from the field in the first half. It marked only the third time this season that the Lady Vols had been held to under 30 percent from the floor in the initial stanza. The other times were versus Duke (74-70 Loss, 1/22/07) and at Arkansas (75-68 Win, 2/22/07).
- After going 3-of-11 from beyond the arc in a 70-57 UNC victory on Dec. 3, 2006, the Lady Vols connected on just 2-of-15 three-pointers this evening (April 1), including 0-for-8 in the second half.
- The Lady Vols were 3-of-15 from the field to start the second half.
- Tennessee was held to its lowest point (56) output versus North Carolina in 16 meetings between the schools. The previous low was 57 points in the Lady Vols' 70-57 setback on Dec. 3, 2006.
- Tennessee has matched up versus a school from the BIG EAST in the title game on four previous occasions, all against Connecticut. The Huskies have gotten the better of the meetings, as they are 4-0 in those games. Connecticut defeated the Lady Vols in 2004 (70-61), 2003 (73-68), 2000 (71-52) and 1995 (70-64). The average scoring margin for Tennessee is -9.7, with the Lady Vols averaging 61.3 points in the games, while allowing 71.0 to Connecticut.
- Tennessee is 5-5 in the Final Four when scoring in the 60's, 5-0 when scoring in the 70's, 6-0 when posting 80 or more points and 2-5 when posting less than 60 points.
- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt has guided Tennessee to all 17 of its Women's Final Four appearances, the most appearances by any coach in the game, men's or women's.
- Summitt's overall coaching record stands at 946-180 in 33 seasons, all at Tennessee. She is the winningest coach, men's and women's, in NCAA history having passed UNC's Dean Smith (880 victories).
- Tennessee is 6-1 on neutral courts this season. The Lady Vols last lost on a neutral court in the semifinals of the 2007 Southeastern Conference Tournament (LSU, 63-54; 3/3/07).
- The last time Tennessee played in Ohio in the Final Four, it defeated Old Dominion 68-59 in the championship game of the 1997 Final Four. The game was played at Riverfront Coliseum on Mar. 30, 1997.
- Tennessee is 18-3 against ACC teams in the NCAA Tournament, including 4-0 in the Final Four (56-50 vs. North Carolina, 4/1/07; 66-56 vs. Duke, 4/6/03; 70-67 (OT) vs. Virginia, 3/31/91; 77-65 vs. Maryland, 3/31/89).
- An ACC team has ended a Lady Vols' season only three times: North Carolina in 2006, Duke, in 1998 and Virginia, in 1990. Other SEC teams have twice: Georgia in 1983 and Mississippi in 1985. Connecticut is the only current member of the BIG EAST to have handed Tennessee its last loss of the season: 1995 (70-64), 2000 (71-52), 2002 (79-56), 2003 (73-68) and 2004 (70-61).
- Three out of the five times Tennessee has carried a double-digit win streak into the Final Four, it has won a championship (1989: 15 games; 1996: 13 games; 1998: 37/44 games). The Lady Vols lost in 1988, riding a 22-game win streak, and in 2000, riding a 19-game win streak.
- Compared to the three other teams in the 2007 Final Four, Tennessee's current win streak ranks second behind Rutgers (7). Tennessee has won five in a row.
- The Lady Vols are 11-1 all-time in games played in the state of Ohio. The only loss occurred versus North Carolina (75-63) in the Cleveland Regional Final on March 28, 2006. Against teams from the Buckeye State, Tennessee has posted a 14-5 overall mark. The only teams from Ohio to hold winning series records versus the Lady Vols are Xavier, who registered an 80-65 triumph in Sweet 16, on March 24, 2001 and Cincinnati, who has three wins over Tennessee.
- The Lady Vols are 2-1 and 1-0 all-time, respectively versus teams from the ACC and BIG EAST in Quicken Loans Arena.
- Tennessee has had four players from Ohio play for the Lady Vols. The list includes; Michelle Munoz (Mason), Shalon Pillow (Addyston), Semeka Randall (Cleveland) and Vonda Ward (Northfield). Both Randall and Ward were members of national championship teams at Tennessee.
- Tennessee head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl was in attendance for the game versus North Carolina.
TENNESSEE INDIVIDUAL NOTES
- Candace Parker registered her 21st double-double of the season and the 31st of her career with a 14-point, 13-rebound performance.
- Nicky Anosike posted her seventh double-figure scoring game of the season with a game-high 14 points.
- Anosike's four blocks represented a season high and was one off her career-best set versus North Carolina in the 2006 Cleveland Regional Final (3/28/06).
- Tennessee's Sidney Spencer missed her first three shots in the second half and finished 2-of-7 from the field, including 0-of-5 beyond the arc.
- Candace Parker became only the fourth underclassmen ever to win the State Farm Wade Trophy when she was chosen as the 2007 winner. She joins Nancy Lieberman (Old Dominion - 1979), Diana Taurasi (Connecticut - 2003) and Seimone Augustus (LSU - 2005) on this prestigious list. Presented annually to the best women's basketball player in NCAA Division I, the Wade Trophy, named after the late, legendary three-time national champion, Delta State University coach Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball.
- Parker joins Daedra Charles (1991) as the only two Tennessee players to be named as the winner of the Wade Trophy.
- Semeka Randall and Kellie Jolly-Harper, members of Tennessee's last NCAA Championship team in 1998 were in attendance in the Lady Vols' tilt versus North Carolina.
- As of 2007, Tennessee had a nation-high 93 players compete in the Women's Final Four on 17 teams. Cait McMahan, Elizabeth Curry are two additional players who could increase that number. Shannon Bobbitt and Alberta Auguste joined the list in the first half versus North Carolina. Every Lady Vol since 1976 (includes NCAA Tournament and AIAW Tournaments) has competed in at least one Final Four.
- Lady Vol assistant coach Nikki Caldwell won an NCAA title as a Tennessee freshman in 1991.
- Former Lady Vol All-American Semeka Randall (1997-2001) is an assistant coach for Michigan State is a Cleveland native and played in Tennessee's first-ever appearance in Quicken Loans Arena (formerly Gund Arena), a 83-63 victory over North Carolina State on Jan. 29, 2000. Randall was a member of two championship teams at Tennessee (1997, 1998).
- Candace Parker's brother Anthony is a 6-6 forward for the Toronto Raptors.
- At 5-2, Bobbitt is the shortest player ever on a basketball scholarship at Tennessee.