March 31, 2012
SUMMITT HONORED WITH OLYMPIC COACHES
The all-time US Olympic women's basketball coaches were honored in a ceremony during halftime of Sunday's national semifinal game at the Women's Final Four in Denver. Among those honored were Summitt (1984), Geno Auriemma (2012), Anne Donovan (2008), Van Chancellor (2004), Nell Fortner (2000), Theresa Grentz (1992) and Billie Moore (1976). Tara VanDerveer (1996) was not on the floor for the presentation, as she prepared for the second half of the semifinal with her Stanford team. The late Kay Yow, who coached the 1988 team, and Sue Gunter (1980), were also honored.
Summitt Reacting to the Olympic coaches presentation:
"It was very emotional. It makes you reflect. Especially having lost two of our dearest friends. I can't help but to think about them all the time.
"As far as USA Basketball, I'm just so glad that the women got involved in the Olympics. It meant the world to me to know there was a place to play after we played basketball in college. We could travel. We could compete. I just made some of the best friends - ever.
"I really appreciated walking in here and seeing this. It was touching for all of us. No doubt about it."
JOHNSON NAMED WBCA ALL-AMERICAN
DENVER, Colo. - University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball graduate postGlory Johnson was named to the 10-player Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) 2012 All-America team on Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., site of the NCAA Women's Final Four.
Johnson, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., and a graduate of The Webb School, becomes the 21st Lady Vol all-time to earn a spot on the prestigious WBCA(formerly State Farm/Kodak) Coaches All-America Team. She joins senior teammate Shekinna Stricklen who was selected to the WBCA All-America Team in 2011.
Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt and members of her staff were on hand in Denver for the All-America team announcement. "I am so excited for Glory," Summitt said. "I can't tell you the amount of hard work she has invested in her game throughout her career and particularly this season.
"Glory was an unbelievable player and a tireless worker for us this year. She showed me many of the attributes of the dedication of a Tamika Catchings. Whatever Glory had to do to improve or help this team, she did each and every day," Summitt said.
"It was special for us to be in Denver with her and share in this moment today."
In her final campaign at UT, Johnson turned in a career high stat line including 14.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg and 1.4 spg while starting all 36 games and logging 29.9 minutes per contest. She reached double-figure scoring in 29 games in 2011-12 and 87 for her career. The powerful post had 13 double-double efforts in points and rebounds in her final season and totaled 37 for her career - third all-time in Lady Vol history behind Olympians and All-Americans Chamique Holdsclaw and Candace Parker.
"I am humbled by this selection," Johnson said. "It was just an honor from the beginning to be selected to be a Lady Vol, and now to be named an All-America, it's just even better. Being able to represent Tennessee and the program means so much to me.
"I played with some amazing teammates under a great coaching staff and I am so thankful for what the University of Tennessee afforded me."
Her 2012 honors include NCAA Des Moines Regional All-Tournament, the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, the Southeastern Conference Tournament MVP and All-Tournament team, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and All-SEC Defensive Team, Coaches and AP All-SEC, and the WBCA All-America District Team.
During her time at Tennessee, she played in 141 games and earned 118 career starts scoring 1,643 points and grabbing 1,204 rebounds. Johnson became just the fourth Lady Vol ever in the thousand-thousand point and rebound club and finished second to four-time WBCA All-American Chamique Holdsclaw in career rebounds with 1,218. She was also a nominee for countless other awards in addition to becoming Tennessee's 21st WBCA State Farm All-America honoree.
A rare first team double All-American honoree, Johnson earned both WBCA(athletic) and Capital One (academic) in 2012. She graduated cum laude in just three years in Interdisciplinary Global Studies in May 21011 and is currently pursuing a master's in Communication and Information Studies.
Also joining Johnson on the team are: Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Bria Hartley (UConn), Shenise Johnson (Miami), Chiney and Nnemka Ogwumike (Stanford) Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland).
INCOMING LADY VOLS IN ALL-STAR GAMES
Two incoming University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball signees are participated in high school all-star games this week with representation at both the 11th Annual McDonald's Girls All-America Game played at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on March 28 and at the 21st Annual WBCA All-Star Game at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., on March 31.
Future Lady Vols, post Bashaara Graves (Clarksville, Tenn./Clarksville H.S.) and guard Jasmine Jones (Madison, Ala./Bob Jones H.S.) were tabbed to play in these elite contests.