The number one-seeded and #3-nationally ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (31-2 overall, 13-1 SEC) continue play in its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament at 7:00 p.m. on Tues., Mar. 25, 2008 taking on the homestanding and #9-seeded Purdue (19-14, 11-7 Big Ten) in West Lafayette, Ind., at the Mackey Arena in Second Round action. The winner advances to the NCAA Sweet 16 and will take on the winner of the #4- seeded Oklahoma vs. #5-seeded Notre Dame game on Sun., Mar. 30 (time TBA) on ESPN2.
LADY VOLS AT A GLANCE
This is the Lady Vols’ 34th season under Head Coach Pat Summitt…She has compiled a staggering 978-182 overall record… Is just 22 wins away from a remarkable 1,000 career victories…Achieved her 950th win with a 92-67 decision over #22/21-ranked Texas on Nov. 18, 2007... Collected her 900th coaching win with a 80-68 decision over #19-ranked Vanderbilt on Jan. 19, 2006… She passed Dean Smith (879 wins) for most NCAA collegiate basketball wins of all-time with a 75-54 victory over Purdue on Mar. 22, 2005 …Her 2006-07 squad was crowned as the NCAA Champions producing the program’s seventh title…In 2007, UT fi nished with a 34-3 overall record and were also the SEC Champions…
This season, UT returned seven letterwinners and welcomed a talented quartet of rookies…The 2007- 08 season marks the Lady Vol debut for freshmen, #5 Angie Bjorklund, a 6-0 forward/guard from Spokane, Wash., #20 Sydney Smallbone, a 5-10 guard from Granger, Ind., and #21 Vicki Baugh, a 6-4 center from Sacramento, Calif. Kelley Cain, a 6-6 center from Atlanta, Ga., will redshirt after having surgery on Dec. 11.
OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Survive and advance...If Tennessee is able to defeat Purdue on its homecourt on Mar. 25, the Lady Vols will advance to the Oklahoma City Regional, Mar. 30 & April 1.
ON THIS DAY IN LADY VOL BASKETBALL HISTORY
UT is 10-1 in games played on Mar. 25. The Lady Vols are 2-0 at home, 1-0 on the road and 7-1 on neutral courts. The last time out on Mar. 25, #3-ranked UT defeated Marist, 65-46, in Dayton, Ohio in the Sweet 16 round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Last year at this time, the #3-ranked Lady Vols were 31-3 on the season after defeating Marist, 68-54, in Dayton, Ohio, in the Sweet 16 round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
LADY VOLS ON TV
A record 27 (of 29) Lady Vol regular season games were on television this season. Upcoming TV games include: NCAA Tournament on ESPN/ESPN2. UT is 29-2 on TV this season.
TENNESSEE’S NCAA TOURNAMENT APPETIZERS
- Tennessee is the only school to have attended every NCAA Tournament (27)
- The Lady Vols have won 7 NCAA titles -- 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007
- Tennessee has played in more NCAA Tournament games than any other school -- 118
- Under Coach Pat Summitt’s direction, the Lady Vols have a 99-19 record (.838) in the NCAAs
- UT has been granted 19 number one seeds in 27 NCAA Tournaments since 1982
- From 1988-96, the Lady Vols received nine consecutive number one seeds
- The Lady Vols have never lost an NCAA First or Second Round game, 41-0
- UT has advanced to every Sweet 16 game (26 consecutive) since 1982
- Oral Roberts was the 158th all-time Lady Vol opponent
- ORU was the 69th different opponent for UT in the NCAA Tournament
- The Summit League was the 25th different conference UT has faced in the NCAAs
- Tennessee’s average score in an NCAA First Round game is 89.1-51.7 or +37.4 margin
- UT’s smallest margin of victory in an NCAA First Round, +5, 73-68 over Iowa in 1986
- UT’s largest margin of victory in an NCAA First Round, +74, 111-37 over N.C. A&T in 1994
- Most points UT has scored in the NCAA First Round, 113 vs. Appalachian State, 1999
- Fewest points UT has scored in the NCAA First Round, 65 vs. Virginia, 1985
- Coach Summitt has faced two former Lady Vol players, who are now in the coaching ranks, in NCAA First Round games: Lea Henry, Georgia State, 2002, and Kellie Jolly Harper, Western Carolina, 2005. Henry lost 98-68 on Mar. 15 and Jolly Harper dropped a 94-43 game on Mar. 20.
- Tennessee’s average score in an NCAA Second Round game is 81.5-58.9 or +22.6 margin
- UT’s smallest margin of victory in the NCAA Second Round, +8, 55-47 over SW Mo St., 1991
- UT’s largest margin of victory in the NCAA Second Round, +41, 97-56 over Rutgers in 1992
- Most points UT has scored in the NCAA Second Round, 97 vs. Rutgers 1992 and Ohio St. 1996
- Fewest points UT has scored in the NCAA Second Round, 55 vs. SW Mo. State, 1991
- Coach Summitt registered a milestone victory in an NCAA Second Round game. She became the winningest coach in NCAA history by passing UNC’s Dean Smith (879 wins) with a 75-54 victory over Purdue on Mar. 22, 2005 in Knoxville, Tenn., in an NCAA Second Round game.
UT is 3rd in both the AP & ESPN/USA Today polls Purdue is receiving votes in the AP poll
No. 3-ranked Tennessee defeated Oral Roberts, 94-55, in the NCAA First Round Purdue defeated #18/17-ranked Utah, 66-59, in NCAA First Round action.
Tennessee, the No. 1 seed from the Oklahoma City Region will take on No. ninth-seeded Purdue.
UT’s Pat Summitt is 978-182 (.843) in 34 years PU’s Sharon Versyp is 167-85 (.661) in nine years
Tennessee leads the series, 6-1
Home: Tennessee is 4-0
Away: Tennessee 1-1
Neutral: Tennessee is 1-0
Postseason: Tennessee is 1-0
Tennessee defeated Purdue, 75-54, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., on March 22, 2005.
LAST TIME VS. PURDUE
Tennessee Head Coach Pat Summitt became the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach, passing Dean Smith, as she earned her 880th victory with a 75-54 triumph against ninth-seeded Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before a crowd of 13,188 at Thompson- Boling Arena on March 22, 2005. With the win, UT advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 24th consecutive season. Early in the contest, neither team was able to make a move as UT held a narrow, 8-6 advantage at the fi rst media timeout. Utilizing back-to-back three-pointers by Shanna Zolman, the Big Orange rattled off an 8-0 run soon afterwards, however, and built an 18-10 lead. The Boilermakers would cut the margin in half, 21-17, with just under 10 minutes to play in the opening frame before Tennessee charged ahead by 13 points, 30-17, following a 9-0 run, capped off by a Nicky Anosike steal and lay-in. While Purdue scored nine of the last 11 points before the intermission, the Lady Vols still held a seven-point lead at the break, 39-32. Despite leading at the half, UT was out-shot, 45.2 percent to 40.5 percent, and was out-rebounded, 23-19. Tennessee appeared to come out of the locker room intent on reclaiming a double-digit lead, as it opened the second frame with an 8-1 run to go ahead by 14 points, 47-33, by the fi rst media timeout. The Lady Vols pushed the margin to 20 points, 58-38, at the 10:21 mark after a lay-in by Shyra Ely. Purdue answered with a 6-0 run but could not get any closer than 14 points the rest of the way as UT sealed the 21-point victory. Individually, UT was paced by Tye’sha Fluker, who earned her third double-double of the season with an 18-point, 10-rebound performance in 23 minutes of action. Also scoring in double fi gures were Ely (16), Zolman (15) and Anosike (11).
A second round match-up with Purdue will mark the eighth meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back to 1994. The Lady Volunteers hold a 6- 1 record against the Boilermakers with the most recent victory coming on March 22, 2005. The lone win for the Boilermakers was a memorable one for former Tennessee assistant and then-Purdue coach Carolyn Peck, as she became the fi rst former Lady Vol assistant or player to defeat their old team on Nov. 15, 1998, in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic. The 78-68 win by Purdue snapped three-time defending national champion UT’s 46-game consecutive winning streak.
TENNESSEE VS. PURDUE SERIES MEETINGS
|Dec. 6, 1994||H||W, 81-63|
|Dec. 2, 1995||N||W, 56-71|
|Dec. 8, 1995||A||W, 82-68|
|Jan. 17, 1997||H||W, 72-60|
|Nov. 15, 1998||A||L, 68-78|
|Dec. 2, 1999||H||W, 72-66|
|Mar. 22, 2005||H||W, 75-54|
UT VS. BIG TEN
Tennessee has played 10 of 11 teams from the Big Ten, totaling 48 games. Of those, the Lady Vols have won 43, including eight each against Ohio State and Penn State. The Big Orange has not lost to any team more than once, with Purdue’s lone victory coming during the 1998 campaign.
UT RECORD VS. BIG TEN TEAMS ALL-TIME
LADY VOLS VS. BIG TEN IN NCAA TOURNEY
|March 22, 2005||Purdue||W, 75-54||Second|
|March 29, 2003||Penn State||W, 86-58||Sweet 16|
|March 18, 1996||Ohio State||W, 97-65||Second|
|March 27, 1993||Iowa||L, 56-72||Elite Eight|
|March 20, 1993||Northwestern||W, 89-66||Second|
|March 16, 1986||Iowa||W, 73-68||First|
TOP 25 OPPONENTS
UT vs. Top 10 Purdue vs. Top 10
#9/8 Oklahoma (W) #9/8 Duke (L)
#4 North Carolina (W) #4 North Carolina (L)
#5/4 Stanford (L-OT) #1 Connecticut (L)
#9/10 Duke (W)
#5/7 Rutgers (W)
#7 LSU (L)
#7/6 LSU (W)
UT vs. Top 25 Purdue vs. Top 25
#21/22 Texas (W) #16/20 Notre Dame (L)
#16/17 West Virginia (W) #19 Ohio State (W)
#24 Old Dominion (W) #20/22 Michigan St. (L)
#15 DePaul (W) #18/17 Utah (W)
#14 Notre Dame (W)
#22/20 Auburn (W)
#25/RV Vanderbilt (W)
#22/20 Georgia (W)
#21/22 Vanderbilt (W)
Tennessee and Purdue have faced fi ve common opponents this season. The Lady Vols have won all fi ve of their contests, defeating North Carolina, Old Dominion and Gonzaga at home and Notre Dame and Duke on the road. Purdue, meanwhile, is 1-4 in those games, winning only against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash.
TENNESSEE VS. COMMON PURDUE OPPONENTS
|Dec. 2||North Carolina||Knoxville, Tenn.||W, 83-79|
|Dec. 5||Old Dominion||Knoxville, Tenn.||W, 83-51|
|Dec. 16||Gonzaga||Knoxville, Tenn.||W, 96-73|
|Jan. 5||Notre Dame||South Bend, Ind.||W, 87-63|
|Jan. 28||Duke||Durham, N.C.||W, 67-64|
PURDUE VS. COMMON TENNESSEE OPPONENTS
|Nov. 22||Duke||U.S. Virgin Islands||L, 41-53|
|Nov. 25||Old Dominion||U.S. Virgin Islands||L, 53-66|
|Nov. 29||North Carolina||Chapel Hill, N.C.||L, 72-90|
|Dec. 8||Notre Dame||West Lafayette, Ind.||L, 48-61|
|Dec. 19||Gonzaga||Spokane, Wash.||W, 64-61|
SEED AND BID: No. 9 Oklahoma City, automatic bid
NCAA APPEARANCES: 19 (15th consecutive bid)
LAST APPEARANCE: 2007, lost to North Carolina, 84-72, in NCAA Regional Final in Dallas, Texas
OVERALL NCAA RECORD: 39-17 (.690)
BEST FINISH: 1999 National Champions
Purdue’s lone win in seven all-time matchups with Tennessee was a big one, as the 78-68 triumph on Nov. 15, 1998, snapped a 46-game winning streak that the Lady Vols had accumulated over the course of the 1997- 98 campaign and early on in the 1998-99 season. The Big Orange, which had gone 39-0 the previous year, had not lost since suffering a two-point defeat at the hands of Auburn on March 2, 1997.
PECK WAS THE FIRST
That Boilermaker victory also gave former Tennessee assistant and then-Purdue coach Carolyn Peck the distinction of becoming the fi rst former Lady Vol assistant or player to defeat a Pat Summitt led team. Since then, only Mickie DeMoss has matched that feat, beating UT, 66-63, on Jan. 26, 2006, as the head coach at the University of Kentucky.
A CHAMPIONSHIP LEGACY
The Boilermakers bring a tradition of tournament success into the 2008 NCAA Championships, having won seven of the last 14 Big Ten Tournament titles, including the last two and four of the last six. The Boilermakers also have recorded an impressive 39-17 record during NCAA Tournament play, and have reached the Elite Eight seven times, the Final Four on three occasions and the championship game twice. In 1999, the Purdue squad led by Carolyn Peck defeated Duke, 62- 45, in San Jose, Calif., to claim the program’s fi rst NCAA National Championship.
RECORD BROKEN, “THE SUMMITT” CHRISTENED
On March 22, 2005, in Knoxville, Tenn., Lady Vol Head Coach Pat Summitt led her team past Purdue, 75-54, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The victory was the 880th of her career, moving her past the legendary Dean Smith of North Carolina (879 victories) as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history. To commemorate her incredible achievement, the University of Tennessee named its basketball court at Thompson- Boling Arena “The Summitt” in a surprise post-game ceremony following the Lady Vols’ win over the Boilermakers. The court is the second to be named after Summitt, as the playing surface at her alma mater, UT-Martin, was dedicated in her honor as “Pat Head Summitt Court” on Nov. 23, 1997.
FIRST ROUNDS HAVE BEEN FRIENDLY
History holds true --- the Boilermakers have been nearly perfect in 18 all-time NCAA Tournament First Round games, putting together a 17-1 record. Purdue’s lone loss during that span came in 1996 when No. 12- seeded Notre Dame won 73-60 in Lubbock, Texas. UT is 21-0 all-time in fi rst-round action.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Although Purdue is just a nine seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, it has been provided the good fortune of potentially playing on its home court for the fi rst two rounds. That could prove to be a huge advantage for the Boilermakers, who are 12-3 within the friendly confi nes of Mackey Arena this year. HOME COURT ADVANTAGE (TAKE TWO) The Boilermakers are growing quite accustomed to being able to sleep in their own beds while playing in the NCAA Tournament, as this will be the 13th season in which they have played in West Lafayette, Ind., for the fi rst and second rounds. In those contests, Purdue has posted a solid 18-5 record, including wins in each of its last fi ve such games. SHARING THE DUTIES The Boilermaker offense has been a three-pronged attack for most of the 2007-08 campaign, with two players tied for the team lead in scoring and a third narrowly missing a double-digit average. Juniors Danielle Campbell and Lakisha Freeman have been the top producers for Purdue, averaging just over 12.0 points per game each. Sophomore guard FahKara Malone, meanwhile, has scored an average of 10.1 points per contest. Combined, the three players have accounted for 58.9 percent of Purdue’s scoring this season.
Purdue has struggled from the fi eld this season, shooting over 50 percent in only three games. By comparison, Tennessee has accomplished the feat on 11 different occasions. For the year, the Lady Vols have shot at a 45.8 percent clip, while the Boilermakers have managed to make only 39.0 percent of their shots. The disparity is especially evident outside the three-point line, where UT holds a distinct advantage, having made 37.3 of its threes compared to just a 29.0 mark by Purdue.
ON THE FLIP SIDE
Although Purdue’s offense has been inconsistent this year, its defense has been solid, holding opponents under 50 percent shooting in all but one contest. The only two teams to score more than 75 points in a game against the Boilermakers also just happen to be the top two ranked teams in the nation in No. 1 Connecticut (100) and second-rated North Carolina (90).
SWATS AND STEALS
Despite drastically different styles of play, the Boilermaker duo of 6-4 junior Danielle Campbell and 5-3 sophomore FahKara Malone has proven to be quite formidable on the defensive end of the court. The tandem’s strength lies in its differences, as Campbell is averaging team highs in both blocks (2.0) and rebounds per game (7.5), while Malone is tops on the squad with 2.7 steals per contest.
MAGIC NUMBER IS 60
The Lady Vols will be looking to hit the 60-point plateau if they get the opportunity to play Purdue, as the Boilermakers are just 5-12 when opponents surpass that mark this season. When it holds the other team under 60, however, Purdue is 14-2.
UT’S OFFENSIVE OPPORTUNITIES
In all games, this is how Tennessee has shot from the fi eld: 60% FG: DePaul (.603); 50%FG: Florida-2 (.554); Texas (.537); Vandy-2 (.518); Georgia (.517); Gonzaga (.507); Arkansas, Vandy-1, Kentucky-1, Notre Dame, UCLA (.500); 40%FG: ODU (.492); MTSU (.473); Miss. St.-1 (.471); Oral Robts (.470); Chattanooga (.465); Ole Miss (.464); Stanford (.460); Miss. St.-2 (.439); Alabama, Auburn, UNC (.438); Oklahoma (.429); WVU (.426); Florida-1 (.423); Kentucky-2 (.408); LSU- 2 (.407); La Tech (.405); USC, Duke (.400); 30%FG: Vandy-3 (.382); LSU-1 (.348); 20%FG: Rutgers (.296)
DEEE ----- FENSE
In all games, this is how the opposition has shot from the fi eld: 50%FG: none, 40%FG: UCLA (.475); Kentucky-2 (.474); Vandy-2 (.472); Alabama, LSU (.464); Gonzaga (.463); Duke (.441); Rutgers (.440); Texas (.436); Stanford (.434); Georgia (.431); Vandy1 (.426); Oklahoma (.424); UNC, Notre Dame (.422); USC (.417); LSU-2 (.407); Oral Rbts. Vandy-3 (.404); 30%FG: Chattanooga (.389); Miss. St.-1 (.371); MTSU (.364); Arkansas (.351); DePaul (.333); Florida-1 (.328); Florida-2 (.325); LaTech (.324); ODU (.323); Auburn (.317); KY1 (.314); WVU (.306); 20%FG: Miss. St.-2 (.283); Ole Miss (.278)
2007-08 WON-LOSS DIFFERENTIAL
Wins: +43 (1), +39 (1), +34(1), +33 (1), +32 (1), +31 (1), +28 (1), +27 (2), +26 (1), +25 (2), +24 (2), +23 (3), +21 (1), + 20 (1), +18 (2), +16 (1), +15 (1), +13 (1), +12 (1), +9 (1), +6 (1), +4 (1), +3 (2), +1 (1). Losses: -4 (1), -16 (1)
THANKS TO THE FANS--OVER 200,000 AT HOME
Tennessee broke the 200,000 home attendance mark for the 11th time in the game against LSU on Feb.14. A nation leading 236,940 (15,796) clicked thru the turnstiles in 15 home games this season.
ANOTHER 30-WIN SEASON
The 61-55 win over LSU on March 9, 2008 was the 30th of the season for UT. This marks the sixth straight season that the Lady Vols have reached at least 30 wins under Coach Pat Summitt and the 18th time in school history.
INCREDIBLE 16 MEETINGS WITH RANKED FOR UT
In 33 games this season, UT is 14-2 vs. ranked teams. Tennessee’s most recent game with a ranked foe was a 61-55 victory over #7/6 LSU in the SEC Championship. A day earlier, UT walked away with a 63-48 win over #21/22 Vanderbilt in the SEC semifi nals. UT won 72-63 at #22/20 Georgia on March 2. From Feb. 11-17, the Lady Vols faced three ranked teams in consecutive games. Tennessee defeated #25 Vanderbilt on the road, 81-68, lost to #7 LSU, 78-62 and defeated #5/7 Rutgers, 59-58 -- both at home. Two weeks before that, UT beat #9/10-ranked Duke, 67-64. UT also routed #15 DePaul before traveling to South Bend and defeating #14 Notre Dame. The Lady Vols then returned home to put a 33-point hurting on No. 20/22 Auburn. To open the season, UT faced three consecutive ranked opponents in six days -- #9/8 Oklahoma, #21/22-ranked Texas and #16/17th-ranked West Virginia. The Lady Vols also defeated #4-ranked North Carolina and #24 Old Dominion. UT’s losses have been to then #5/4 Stanford, 73-69 OT and #7 LSU 78-62.
PARKER IS A FOUL MAGNET
UT junior All-American Candace Parker continues to be the player the opposition loves to foul. This season, she has already been on the receiving end of 206 of the opposition’s 591 total fouls committed against the Lady Vols (36%). This year, Middle Tennessee is the leader in the club house with a record high 15 fouls committed while trying to stop Parker. Last season, Parker attracted 216 fouls from opponents (including a season-high 12 called hacks in one contest) and 32% of the total 677 fouls committed by the opposition against UT in 2006-07.
SEARCHING FOR PIECES OF EIGHT
In their quest for an eighth NCAA title in 2008, the Tennessee Lady Vols claimed the fi rst piece to the Tampa treasure map knocking off #16-seeded Oral Roberts, 94-55, on Mar. 23 in West Lafayette, Indiana. UT now has the daunting task of trying to defeat Purdue in their backyard on Mar. 25 at 7 p.m. in order to advance to the Sweet 16 in Oklahoma City, OK.
LOOKING THROUGH THE SPYGLASS AT 100
The Tennessee Lady Vols and coach Pat Summitt are on the verge of an incredible milestone in the NCAA Tournament -- 100 victories. The win over Oral Roberts in the 2008 NCAA First Round was number 99 for UT. Next closest to the Lady Vols in NCAA women’s tournament victories is UConn with 62.
UT HAS A PAIR OF 2,000 POINT SCORERS
The University of Tennessee has a pair of 2,000 point scorers in the 2008 NCAA Tournaments this year -- Lady Vol junior Candace Parker (2,023 career points) and Vol senior Chris Lofton (2,116 career points). While the women will be trying to defeat Purdue to advance to the Sweet 16, the men have already punched their ticket with a win over a school from the Hoosier State in a thrilling 76-71 OT victory over Butler. Tennessee is not alone with a pair of 2,000 point scorers in the NCAA Tourney. Western Kentucky senior Crystal Kelly fi nished her career with 2,794 points (after an NCAA opening round loss to UTEP) while senior Courtney Lee from the Hilltopper men’s team has 2,220 career points entering the Sweet 16.
NCAA SECOND ROUND NOTES
Tennessee has won 20 Second Round games in the NCAA Tournament dating back to 1982 and sports an 20-0 record. From 1982-87, in the smaller sized bracket, teams played a First/Opening Round game and winners advanced to the Sweet 16. A First/Opening Round bye process was in effect from 1988-93. In 1994, true First and Second Round games were played. Tennessee averages 81.5 ppg in NCAA Second Round contests and holds its opponents to just 58.9 ppg or an average win margin of +22.6 ppg. Tennessee scored 97 points against Rutgers in the 1992 Second Round. The Scarlet Knights tallied 56 points to give UT a 41-point winning margin. The Lady Vols lowest point total and the closest game in the Second Round was an eight-point win over S.W. Missouri (now Missouri State). SWMS held UT to just 55 points in 1991. The Lady Vols won the game 55-47 and would eventually capture the 1991 NCAA title.
Tennessee’s Second Round opponents through the years have included: Wake Forest, LaSalle, Old Dominion, S.W. Missouri, Rutgers, Northwestern, Clemson, Florida International, Ohio St., Oregon, Western Kentucky, Boston College, St. Mary’s (CA), Notre Dame, Virginia, DePaul, Purdue and George Washington.
In 2008, Purdue joins Virginia as teams who have met Tennessee more than once in NCAA First/ Second Round action. The Lady Vols squared off with Virginia in NCAA First/Second Round games in 1985 (UT 65-55 First Round) and 2003 (UT 81-51 Second Round). UT will meet Purdue for the second time in NCAA Second Round play---UT defeated PU, 75-54 in 2005.
JUST THREE TIMES ON AN AWAY FLOOR
In 118 NCAA Tournament games, the Tennessee Lady Vols have only played on an “AWAY” fl oor in three games. Until last season, UT had avoided an away fl oor through the First/Second Rounds and the Sweet 16. In 2007, the Lady Vols had to defeat Pittsburgh (68-54) on its home fl oor to advance to the Sweet 16. The Panthers had the decided home advantage in the Petersen Events Center as a record crowd of 8,791 clicked through the turnstiles. On the two other occasions the Lady Vols played in enemy territory it was for a trip to the Final Four. In 1993, #-2 ranked Tennessee met #4-ranked Iowa in the fi nals of the NCAA Mideast Regionals in Iowa City. Iowa coach C. Vivian Stringer led an inspired group of Hawkeyes over the Lady Vols, 72-56, on Mar. 27. Stringer’s players had dedicated winning the game to the memory of their coach’s husband, Bill, who had died suddenly that season. In 1996, #4-ranked Tennessee met #11-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville in the NCAA East Regional Championship game with a trip to the Final Four at stake. Tennessee won the game, 52-46, after rallying from a school record low 14 points in the opening stanza. The Lady Vols would eventually trail by as many as 17 points before the furious rally for the victory. A week later, UT won the 1996 NCAA title in Charlotte, N.C., defeating Connecticut, 88-83 OT in the semis and then knocking off Georgia, 83-65 in the title game.
NCAA 2007 SECOND ROUND VS. PITT
Tennessee’s Candace Parker wore out persistent Pittsburgh at both ends of the court with 30 points, 12 rebounds and a series of rally halting plays that carried the Lady Vols to a 68-54 tournament victory over Pitt on March 20, 2007 and into the NCAA round of 16 for a 26th consecutive season. Sidney Spencer helped Parker slow down Pitt’s muscular Marcedes Walker and scored 11 points. Nicky Anosike and Shannon Bobbitt added 10 points each as Tennessee remained the only team to reach the fi nal 16 in every season of the tournament’s 26-year history. If it hadn’t been for Parker, the best player on the fl oor all night, that run might have stopped. She fi nished with three blocks, four assists, made 13 of 16 fi eld goal attempts and played all but one minute of the game. Her 13 buckets are the most ever by a Lady Vol sophomore. Tennessee enjoyed a fast start - something Pat Summitt wanted to neutralize the Pitt home-court advantage - by seizing leads of 7-2, 19-7 and 28-14. The Big Orange shot a sizzling 57.7 percent in the fi rst half to take a 40-24 lead into the locker room. Pittsburgh jumped out on an 8-0 run to start the second half and Summitt was forced to call a timeout. The Lady Vols extended their lead back to double-digits until the last threat came when Pitt, down by as many as 17, cut it to 54-45 with 8:17 remaining after Walker made three of four free throws on consecutive possessions. Parker immediately answered by scoring three consecutive baskets, halting the rally and pushing the lead back to a comfortable 15 at 60-45. Tennessee’s defense forced 13 Panther turnovers and for the fi fth season in a row, UT held both fi rst and second round NCAA opponents to under 60 points. The win improved UT to 40-0 in fi rst and second round NCAA games and 94-19 under Summitt in all NCAA tournament games. The Lady Vols improved to 30-3 on the season, marking the 17th 30-win season in school history.
FIRST TIME JITTERS
Three Lady Vols joined the roll call against Oral Roberts earning their fi rst playing time in the NCAA Tournament. The rookies had a nice showing. Forward Angie Bjorklund scored a team high 16 points and gathered seven rebounds in 18 minutes. Vicki Baugh tossed in eight points, grabbed fi ve rebounds and rejected two shots. Fellow frosh and Indiana native (Granger/St. Joseph’s) Sydney Smallbone scored seven points, snagged three boards and added two assists in her NCAA tourney debut.
LADY VOLS REGISTER SOME BEST MARKS
The Lady Vols 12 three-pointers made versus Oral Roberts ties for the fi fth most in First/Second Round action in NCAA Tournament history. Both the made treys (12) and attempts (29) were the most ever by a UT team in an NCAA Tournament game and were the second-most in school history in the single-game record books.
OTHER 2008 FIRST ROUND NOTABLES
Tennessee has more NCAA Tournament wins than any other program in the country (99)...The Lady Vols led at halftime for the 30th time this season...UT scored 90+ points in a game this season for the sixth time...Five Lady Vols scored in double fi gures and every dressed Lady Vol scored at least six points... The victory over Oral Roberts -- Improved the Lady Vols to 31-2 on the season...Gives UT a 99-19 alltime record in the NCAA Tournament, including a 1-0 mark this season...Gives UT a 41-0 all-time record in the fi rst and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament... Gives UT a 583-124 all-time record against non-conference opponents, including a 1-0 record against teams from the Summit League...Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 978-182 in her 34th season at UT...Individually, Nicky Anosike -- Played in the 141st game of her career, tying her with former Lady Vol player and current Lady Vol Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick for the fi fth most games played in a career in UT program history...Scored in double fi gures for the 15th time this season and the 36th time of her career; Candace Parker -- Moved past Sheila Frost (754) into fourth place in the UT record books for career fi eld goals made (756)...Scored in double fi gures for the 39th time in a row and the 100th game in her career...Had an NCAA Tournament career-high four steals; Alexis Hornbuckle -- Had an NCAA Tournament career-high three three-pointers, all of which came in the fi rst half; Angie Bjorklund --Scored in double fi gures for the 13th time this season..Moved into sixth place in the UT single-season record books for three-pointers (67) and Alberta Auguste --Scored in double fi gures for the third time this season and the 10th time in her career...Scored a career-high-tying 13 points.
2008 FIRST ROUND: ORAL ROBERTS RECAP
Tennessee opened play in a fi ts-and-spurts fashion in the 2008 NCAA Tournament – First Round game versus Oral Roberts on March 23, 2008. The UT team hadn’t played a game in 14 days since winning the SEC Tournament. Former starter Angie Bjorklund came off the bench for 16 points and seven rebounds, hit four three-pointers and led the Lady Volunteers to their customary fi rst round rout -- 94-55 over the 16th-seeded Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts on March 23. Tennessee is now 21-0 in fi rst round games in its 27th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Junior Candace Parker had 14 points, four rebounds and four steals in just 18 minutes and went to the bench for good with her fourth foul with 14:04 left in the game. A slow Tennessee start helped the Golden Eagles keep the game close in the fi rst 10 minutes. Oral Roberts tied the score at six, again at nine and were still within 16-15 with 10:29 to go in the fi rst half. From there, it was all Tennessee. Alexis Hornbuckle and Bjorklund hit back-to-back threes and Parker’s steal and coast-to-coast layup with 8:30 left made it 26-15. ORU couldn’t capitalize on Parker’s foul-caused absence or its shooting touch. Despite its 56.5 shooting percentage in the fi rst half, they still trailed 48-34 at the half, marking the 30th time this season that UT has led at the break. In the second half, the Golden Eagles started missing shots, and players such as Hornbuckle, Alberta Auguste and Bjorklund carried Tennessee to another postseason win. Hornbuckle and Auguste each had 13 points for UT, which improved to 31-2 on the season. Rookies Vicki Baugh and Sydney Smallbone scored eight and seven points, respectively. The Lady Vols went 12-of- 29 from three-point land, setting new UT NCAA game team records in threes attempted and made. Rachel Watman fi nished with 15 points and Janae Voelker had nine for Oral Roberts. ORU standout Mariana Camargo, slid awkwardly out of bounds while chasing the ball near the UT baseline in the opening seconds of play and was carried from the court to the locker room. She returned 10 minutes later on crutches and with her left knee wrapped.
NCAA FIRST ROUND NOTES
Tennessee has won 21 First/Opening Round games in the NCAA Tournament dating back to 1982 and sports an 21-0 record. There were six years where the Lady Vols had a First Round bye (1988-93). Tennessee averages 89.3 ppg in NCAA First Round contests and holds its opponents to just 51.8 ppg or an average win margin of +37.5 ppg. Tennessee scored a then-NCAA record 111 points against North Carolina A&T in the 1994 First Round. AT tallied 37 points to give UT a 74-point winning margin. In 1999, Tennessee tallied 113 points against Appalachian St. for the then-fi fth most scored points in an NCAA First or Second round. The Lady Vols closest game in the First Round was a fi ve-point win over Iowa in 1986, 73-68. Virginia held UT to just 65 points in 1985. The Lady Vols won the game 65-55.
Tennessee’s First/Opening Round opponents through the years have included: Jackson St., South Carolina St., Middle Tennessee State, Virginia, Iowa, Tennessee Tech, North Carolina A&T, Florida A&M, Radford, Grambling, Liberty, Appalachian St., Furman, Austin Peay, Georgia State, Alabama State, Colgate, Western Carolina, Army, Drake and Oral Roberts.
AT STAKE? THE NCAA SWEET 16
The Tennessee Lady Vols have advanced to 26 consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 Rounds dating back to 1982.
THE ELITE 8
The Tennessee Lady Vols have advanced to 22 of 26 NCAA Elite 8 Rounds dating back to 1982. UT did not make the Elite 8 in 1985, 1992, 1994 and 2001.
THE FINAL FOUR
The Tennessee Lady Vols have advanced to 17 NCAA Final Fours dating back to 1982. Remarkably, the Lady Vols have played in 12 title games and won seven NCAA Championships – 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2007.
PARKER FINALIST FOR NAISMITH TROPHY
Four of the nation’s top women’s college basketball players, including two former winners of the Naismith National High School Female Player of the Year award, were named as fi nalists of the 2008 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T. Tennessee’s Candace Parker leads the list which also includes Sylvia Fowles (LSU), Courtney Paris (Oklahoma), and Candice Wiggins (Stanford). This quartet will make up the fi nal ballot for the most prestigious national award in college basketball. The Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year winner will be announced at the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, April 7.
Parker holds the distinction of being one of only two female athletes ever to win the Naismith National High School trophy twice, having claimed it in both 2003 and 2004 when she played at Naperville (Ill.) Central High School. Paris won the award in 2005 at Piedmont (Calif.) High School. Both players were fi nalists for the Naismith Trophy a year ago, when Duke’s Lindsey Harding became the fi rst Blue Devil to claim the honor.
SUMMITT FINALIST FOR COACH OF THE YEAR
University of Tennessee Lady Vol head coach Pat Summitt has been named as one of four fi nalists for the 2008 Naismith Coach of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. Summitt, Geno Auriemma (Connecticut), Van Chancellor (LSU), and Vivian Stringer (Rutgers) will make up the fi nal ballot. The Naismith Award is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the men’s and women’s college basketball coaches of the year, and the winner will be announced during the 2008 NCAA Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
SUMMITT NAMED WBCA REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 2008 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/ WBCA Regional Coach of the Year winners for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was named the Regional Coach of the Year for Region 3. The winners of the WBCA National Coach of the Year for each division will be honored on Monday, April 7, 2008, at Noon (ET) during the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/ WBCA National Coach of the Year Luncheon presented by AstraZeneca in the Marriott Waterside’s Grand Ballroom. The luncheon is part of the 2008 WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.
HORNBUCKLE AND PARKER FINALISTS FOR STATE FARM ALL-AMERICA
Lady Vols Alexis Hornbuckle, a 5’11” senior guard and Candace Parker, a 6’4” junior forward/ center/guard have been named as fi nalists for the 2008 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The State Farm Coaches’ All- America Team selection committee will review the list of regional winners and cut the list to 40 fi nalists who will all be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team. The SEC placed six women on the Region 3 fi nalists list: DeWanna Bonner (Auburn), Sylvia Fowles (LSU), Tasha Humphrey (Georgia) and Christina Wirth (Vanderbilt), joined Hornbuckle and Parker among the fi nalists. Alex Anderson of UT-Chattanooga was also a regional honoree. The State Farm Coaches’ All- America Basketball Team for NCAA Division I will be announced at the State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team Press Conference at the Tampa Hyatt Regency on April 5, at 9:45 a.m. (ET) in Tampa, Fla.
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Seeding: #1 Seed - Oklahoma City Region
Record: 31-2 (13-1 SEC)
Pat Summitt- 34th (978-182)
UT def. ORU, 94-55
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Seeding: #9 Seed - Oklahoma City Region
Record: 19-14 (11-7 Big Ten)
Sharon Versyp- 9th (167-85)
def. Utah, 66-49
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1st Round: UT is 21-0
2nd Round: UT is 20-0
In Knoxville: UT is 34-0
Away: UT is 1-0
Neutral: UT is 6-0
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