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LADY VOL BASKETBALL VIE FOR 7TH NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TUESDAY NIGHT AGAINST RUTGERS



April 3, 2007




#1 TENNESSEE LADY VOLS (33-3)
VS.
#4 RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS (27-8)
April 3, 2007 - 8:30 p.m. ET - ESPN
QUICKEN LOANS ARENA - 20,500 - CLEVELAND, OHIO
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UT in NCAA Final Four
Overall: UT leads 18-10
Semifinals: UT leads 12-5
Finals: UT leads 6-5
Home: UT leads 0-0
Away: tied 0-0
Neutral: UT leads 18-0
Overtime: UT leads 2-0

THE COACHES
UT's Pat Summitt is 944-180 (33 yrs)
RU's C. Vivian Stringer is 777-259 (36 yrs)

RECENT RESULTS
NCAA FINAL FOUR SEMIS
4-1-07 #3/4 UT def. #2 UNC, 56-50
NCAA DALLAS REGION CHAMPIONSHIP
4-1-07 #15/18 Rutgers def. #12/11 LSU, 59-35

NEXT GAME
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FEATURES

Game Notes: UT Postseason Supplement (PDF) | UT NCAA Championship Notes (PDF) | Rutgers (PDF)

SEC: Standings | Stats | Schedule | Tournament
NCAA: Statistics | NCAAsports.com
PROBABLE STARTERS
TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
No.NamePosHtYrPPGRPG
1Sidney SpencerF6-3Sr.11.6 ppg4.3 rpg
3Candace ParkerF6-4So.19.7 ppg9.9 rpg
55Nicky AnosikeC6-4Jr.7.6 ppg5.9 rpg
00Shannon BobbittPG5-2Jr.8.6 ppg1.5 rpg2.8 apg
14Alexis HornbuckleG5-11Jr.10.4 ppg5.1 rpg4.1 apg, 3.0 spg
GAMENOTES

Alexis Hornbuckle

ADDITIONAL NOTES ON RUTGERS CAN BE FOUND IN THE TENNESSEE POSTSEASON SUPPLEMENT.

GAME 37 - NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The number one-seeded and #3/4-nationally ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (33-3 overall, 14-0 SEC) ) advance to the Final Four Championship game for an unprecedented 12th time in the NCAA Tournament and will take on fourseeded and #15/18-ranked Rutgers (27-8, 12-4 BIG EAST) on Tues., April 3, at the 2007 Final Four in Cleveland, Ohio.

LADY VOLS AT A GLANCE

This is the Lady Vols' 33rd season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 946-180 overall record... Is just 54 wins away from a remarkable 1,000 career victories...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 2005-06 squad advanced to the NCAA Elite 8...Finished with a 31-5 overall record and were the SEC Tournament Champions...

LOVE US, HATE US ... GOTTA R-E-S-P-E-C-T US

The #3/4-ranked and #1-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols continues play in their 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament - the only team to have garnered an invitation to every "Big Dance." All-time, UT has received 12 automatic bids and been selected as an at-large team 14 times. The Lady Vols' 2007 number one seed marks the 18th time Tennessee has earned a top billing. UT has never been seeded lower than fourth (1986) and has been seeded in the #2 slot four times (1982, 1987, 2002, 2006) and #3, three times (1984, 1985, 1997). Tennessee has a phenomenal 97-19 record in 116 NCAA Tournament games - all under head coach Pat Summitt.

UT IN THE 2007 NCAA TOURNAMENT

FINAL FOURSOME TO ROCK ON IN CLEVELAND

The Tennessee Lady Vols have advanced to their 17th NCAA Final Four and the 21st in school history (including four AIAW Final Fours). After missing out on the 2006 Boston Final Four, Tennessee is back for the 10th time in the last 13 years dating back to 1995. UT has a 18-10 record in Final Four play and including this season, has now reached 12 title games winning six - 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, and 1998. The Lady Vols are joined in Cleveland by fellow SEC school LSU, who is making a fourth consecutive appearance. UT defeated LSU in the Final Four semis in 2004 in New Orleans, 52-50. With the loss on Sun., April 1, the Lady Tigers are now 0-4 at the Final Four. North Carolina is making its third appearance in the Final Four. Last year, the Tar Heels lost to eventual NCAA Champion Maryland in the semis, 81-70. UNC captured the 1994 NCAA title with a dramatic buzzer-beater, 60-59 victory over Louisiana Tech. With the loss to UT on April 1, UNC is now 1-3 all-time at the Final Four. Another member of the "Final Four Club" is Rutgers. Rutgers is making its second appearance. The Scarlet Knights were in the 2000 Final Four in Philadelphia where they lost to Tennessee in the semifinals, 64-54. Tonight's game against Tennessee will be Rutgers first shot at a NCAA title.

LADY VOLS RULED THE GLASS SLIPPER BRACKET

When the brackets were announced on March 12, the Tennessee camp was in agreement that the Lady Vols had been dealt the toughest road to the Final Four with obstacle teams such as Ohio State, Middle Tennessee, Maryland and Oklahoma littering the highway to Cleveland. In the end, the Dayton Regional bracket turned in to a Cinderella saga with Marist and Ole Miss vying for top glass slipper rights. And it was those teams, who shredded the likes of Ohio State and Middle Tennessee then Maryland and Oklahoma, to play Tennessee in two "when the clock strikes midnight games." Tennessee overwhelmed Marist, 65-46, and sent Ole Miss packing, 98-62, to dominate Dayton.

ORANGE TRAVELS WELL

Hats off to the Tennessee Lady Vols fans that traveled to Pittsburgh and Dayton for UT's first two stops in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. A sea of orange greeted the Lady Vols at each venue and the players remarked that the arena at Dayton looked like a home game for Tennessee. With the Lady Vols in town, a total of 32,620 fans attended games at Pittsburgh and Dayton with 6,601 in attendance for UT vs. Drake, 8,791 for the Lady Vols and Pitt, 9,023 when Marist and UT met and 8,205 for the Dayton Regional Championship game versus Ole Miss.

DÉJÀ VU AT THE Q

LSU is going to have to excuse Tennessee, North Carolina and Rutgers if the trio of schools acts like they know their way around the Quicken Loans Arena and the city of Cleveland. The "trio" were bracket mates in the Cleveland Regional last year, along with Purdue as the fourth. Tennessee defeated Rutgers, 76-69, before going down in defeat to North Carolina in the Regional Championship game, 75-63.

YOU WHO? IT'S US. . .WE'RE AT THE FINAL FOUR. . . AGAIN

After attending four consecutive Final Fours twice (1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 and 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005) and winning three consecutive titles (1996, 1997 and 1998), the Lady Vols missed the festivities in 1999, 2001 and 2006. UT did make an appearance at the 2000 NCAA Final Four in Philadelphia, Penn., and lost to the Connecticut Huskies for the title. The Lady Vols have now advanced to their 17th NCAA Final Four and will be looking to grab an unprecedented seventh title.

UT IN NCAA TITLE GAMES

Including tonight's meeting, Tennessee has appeared in 12 NCAA title games (6-5 overall) since 1982 and won six championships. The Lady Vols have an overall 18-10 record in Final Four play. In the old AIAW days, UT made two title game appearances (1980 and 1981).

MOST PARTICIPANTS EVER

All-time, a total of 91 Lady Vol team members (including four this year, Cait McMahan, Elizabeth Curry, Shannon Bobbitt and Alberta Auguste) will have participated/played in 17 Final Fours. That ranks first among all schools. Louisiana Tech is second with 65 participants all-time in 10 Final Fours.

NO PRESSURE, BUT EVERY LADY VOL HAS PLAYED IN ONE

Every Lady Vol hoopster (since 1976) has played in at least one Final Four during her career at Tennessee. Lady Vol seniors Sidney Spencer, Dominique Redding and Elizabeth Curry have gone to three Final Fours during their careers at UT -- the 2004 Final Four in New Orleans, La., (losing to UConn in the Championship game) and the 2005 festivities in Indianapolis, losing to Michigan State, 68-64, in the semifinals.

IN TITLE GAMES

Prior to advancing to Tuesday's 2007 title game versus Rutgers, Tennessee had previously appeared in 11 NCAA title games (6-5 overall) since 1982 and won six championships. The Lady Vols have an overall 18-10 record in Final Four play including the win over North Carolina on Sunday night. In the old AIAW days, UT made two title game appearances (1980 and 1981). In NCAA title games all-time, the Lady Vols win by almost six points - 70.4 to 64.7. In NCAA title game victories, Tennessee typically wins big - 76.1 ppg to 61.6 ppg. Conversely, when the Lady Vols lose in a title game, it's usually by an average of a dozen points, 71.0 to 59.0.

PAT AND C. VIVIAN

Head coach Pat Summitt's squads have plenty of experience in battling teams coached by current Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer, having faced her while she was patrolling the sidelines at Cheney, Iowa and now Rutgers. Summitt's Tennessee team faced Stringer's Cheyney squad in the 1984 NCAA Final Four semifinals in Los Angeles (Pauley Pavilion) where UT took a 82-73 decision. Tennessee played against Stringer's Iowa team in the 1993 NCAA Mideast Regional Championship game. Iowa took a 72- 56 decision to advance to the Final Four. In 2000, the Lady Vols topped Rutgers, 64-54, to advance to the NCAA title game. The Lady Vols also faced Rutgers in the in the 2005 Philadelphia Regional title game (a 59- 49 UT win) and last season in Cleveland in the Regional semifinals (a 76-69 UT win). Summitt went 1-0 against Stringer at Cheney, 2-1 at Iowa and is now 7-1 against Rutgers since her arrival. Both have been very successful in their careers, with either Stringer or Summitt appearing in 20 of the 25 Final Fours with their respective teams. Both women are members of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Summitt earned the distinction as part of the inaugural class of 1999, while Stringer was a 2001 inductee.

REVERSE THE GAMES

Last year in Cleveland, Ohio, on this very court, Tennessee opened Regional play defeating Rutgers in the semis and then faced North Carolina in the regional finals. This season, in the 2007 Final Four, the Lady Vols opened semifinal play with UNC and will face Rutgers in the Finals.

OUR GAME WITH RUTGERS IN CLEVELAND LAST YEAR

Tennessee and Rutgers are no strangers in the NCAA Tournament. The last two meetings between the two came in the Big Dance, with UT taking both decisions. On March 26, 2006, the Lady Vols advanced to the Elite Eight with a 76-69 victory over the Scarlet Knights in Cleveland, Ohio. Senior Shanna Zolman and freshman Candace Parker tallied 58 points for the Big Orange, while RU's Matee Ajavon led her troops with 24 points. UT had entered the Cleveland Region as a No. 2 seed; Rutgers was a No. 3. The Lady Vols were stunned by the Scarlet Knights' nation-leading defense and went nearly six minutes without a basket before halftime. Rutgers came out of the locker room strong and led 23-14 with 7:08 remaining in the first half, but Parker and sophomore Alexis Hornbuckle responded to the 15-0 run with a 15-4 spurt to put UT up 29-27 at the close of the half. Rutgers ended a Tennessee 30-10 run with 10:46 remaining in the game but was only able to pull within seven (twice) the remainder of the game. The Lady Vols' 76-point total was the highest amount given up by Rutgers all season.

A LITTLE RUTGERS HISTORY WITH UT

The NCAA Championship Final matchup with Rutgers will mark the 16th meeting between the two teams and the sixth in the NCAA Tourney. Tennessee leads the all-time series, 12-3, and is 5-0 in the postseason. UT met and defeated Rutgers in each of the last two tournaments.

FURIOUS FINISH 2 VS. UNC

Tennessee's furious finish against North Carolina in the 2007 NCAA Final Four semifinals was reminiscent of the 1998 Mideast Regional Championship game versus the Tar Heels. The #1 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols "survived and advanced" to the 1998 Final Four with a 76-70 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in Nashville, Tenn., on Mar. 23, 1998. The victory extended UT's winning mark to an NCAA record 37-0 on the season and propelled the Lady Vols to its fourth consecutive Final Four appearance. In that game, UT had a comfortable six point halftime lead which was dashed in the first minuteand- a-half of the second half. Seven quick points from Carolina suddenly found the Lady Vols trailing 34-33 with 18:39 to go. UT managed to keep the game a basket away over the next four minutes as UNC built its momentum. By the 7:19 mark, Carolina had pushed its lead to 12 points, 61-49. The most unlikely of UT's heralded freshmen took center stage to lead UT's comeback charge. In the final seven minutes, Teresa "Tree" Geter tossed in seven points, grabbed five boards, blocked a couple of shots and gave her teammates a dose of confidence. UT outscored Carolina 27-9 down the stretch while cashing in on 13 charity tosses. Lady Vol All-American Chamique Holdsclaw, who had a rocky game until the final minutes, finished as the MVP of the Mideast Regionals with 29 points and nine rebounds. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow "Meek" Semeka Randall who turned in a solid all-around game with 20 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. The third "Meek", Tamika Catchings, managed just 11 points, but recorded seven boards, four steals, and three assists. UT outrebounded UNC, 45-40, and collected 11 steals off of 21 turnovers. Sound a little familiar? Tennessee mounted a furious 20-2 finish to take the win over Carolina on Sunday in the semis. In a vuja de weirdness, Tennessee defeated Rutgers, 92-60, in the 1998 Mideast Regional semifinal game to set up the meeting with UNC in the Regional Championship game.

ANOSIKE WAS A WARRIOR

Lady Vol junior Nicky Anosike was a warrior against North Carolina. The 6- 4 post from Staten Island, N.Y. played all 40 minutes against North Carolina in the semis and had a large part in keeping Tennessee in the game. Along with senior Sidney Spencer, the duo defensively limited UNC's Erlana Larkins to just 2-4 from the field and four points. Anosike tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots in one of her career best all-round performances.

68 AND PUT IT IN THE BANK

If the Lady Vols get to 68 points on Tuesday, there stands a good chance that they will be taking home the title. In Tennessee's 11 previous appearances in the NCAA Championship game, it has reached that mark in all six of its victories, averaging 76.2 points per contest. In its five losses, however, UT has never scored more than 68 points and averages just 61.2 points per game.

TITLE DROUGHT

Since the NCAA began sponsoring championships for women, the Tennessee Lady Vols had never gone longer than five years between NCAA basketball titles. UT started play in the NCAA Tournament in 1982 and won its first Championship in 1987. Two more titles followed in 1989 and 1991. It would be five years before the next championship in 1996 but that started a string of three consecutive in 1996, 1997 and 1998. The Lady Vols are overdue to win a championship.

"SEVENTH" SIGNS

In the search for omens foretelling a possible seventh championship for Tennessee, it should be pointed out that there are a number of seven-letter words associated with UT that are very promising for the Big Orange faithful. Shannon Bobbitt and Alberta Auguste's first and last names are both seven letters long, as are Candace Parker's first name and Sidney Spencer, Cait McMahan, Dominigue Redding, Nicky Anosike, Holly Warlick and Pat Summitt's last names. This is the seventh season in Pat Summitt's career that she has 33+ wins. Should the Lady Vols be successful and defeat Rutgers, it would mark the seventh time UT beats Rutgers in the postseason. Another strange name coincidence, Rutgers, the Lady Vols' NCAA Championship opponent, also consists of seven letters. The most telling pair of terms that fit this qualification, however, may be "Lady Vol" and "Destiny."

ANOTHER SEVEN CONNECTION

This will mark the Lady Vols' seventh NCAA Championship game in the month of April. UT currently holds a 1-5 record in those contests, with its lone win giving it the 1989 national championship in Tacoma, Washington.

C IS FOR CHAMPIONS

Tuesday night will offer Tennessee the opportunity to win its third title in a city that begins with the letter "C." The Lady Vols' started their three-peat with championships in 1996 and 1997 in the cities of Charlotte, N.C., and Cincinnati, Ohio, respectively.

LADY VOLS VS. THE BIG EAST IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tuesday's game against Rutgers will mark the fourth consecutive NCAA Championship contest in which Tennessee will face a BIG EAST opponent for the title. In each of the three previous showdowns, however, the Lady Vols have fallen to arch-rival Connecticut. All-time at the Final Four, UT is 3-5 against BIG EAST foes, including a 64-54 victory over Rutgers in Philadelphia, Penn., in the 2000 NCAA Final Four semis.

CONTINUING THE TREND

Sunday night's win over North Carolina ensured the continuation of a Tennessee trend as the Lady Vols have never lost in two consecutive NCAA National Semifinal appearances. It also kept the Orange and White from dropping three consecutive Final Four games for the first time in program history.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The Lady Vols will get their fourth crack at their seventh overall national championship Tuesday night versus Rutgers. In all three of Tennessee's NCAA National Championship games since its last title in 1998, it was perennial BIG EAST powerhouse Connecticut who eliminated the Orange and White, as the Huskies did so in 2000, 2002 and 2004.

PERFORMING ON THE BIG STAGE

Tennessee junior center Nicky Anosike saved one of her best performances for the biggest stage, tying her NCAA Tournament career best with 14 points in the national semifinal victory over North Carolina Sunday night. She also added four blocks in the contest to move into fifth on the all-time NCAA Tournament career blocked shots list with a total of 30. During the tourney this season, Anosike is averaging 9.4 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per outing, good for fourth and second on the team, respectively.

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2007 season marks the 20th anniversary of the Lady Vols first NCAA National Championship, when UT defeated Louisiana Tech, 67-44, in Austin, Texas, to cap off the 1987 tournament.

PARKER PICKS UP WADE TROPHY

Tennessee sophomore sensation Candace Parker became the first sophomore and just the second Lady Vol to be named the State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year, picking up the honors Saturday morning. The only other player from Rocky Top to take home the hardware was Daedra "Night Train" Charles in 1991. Earlier that day, she also picked up Kodak/WBCA All- America accolades for the second consecutive season.

2007 NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTEBOOK

OVERALL: 97-19
68 Opponents from 24 conferences
GAMESRECORDTEAM
98-1Virginia
72-5Connecticut
54-1Georgia
52-3Louisiana Tech
55-0Rutgers
43-1North Carolina
43-1W. Kentucky
33-0Auburn
32-1Mississippi
31-2Southern Cal
33-0Texas Tech
22-0Clemson
21-1Duke
21-1Iowa
22-0Long Beach St.
22-0Louisiana St.
22-0Notre Dame
22-0Old Dominion
22-0Stanford
11-0Alabama
11-0Alabama State
11-0Appalachian St.
11-0Arizona
11-0Arkansas
11-0Army
11-0Austin Peay
11-0Baylor
11-0Boston College
11-0Brigham Young
11-0Cheyney
11-0Colgate
11-0Colorado
11-0DePaul
11-0Drake
11-0Florida A&M
11-0Florida Intl.
11-0Furman
11-0George Washington
11-0Georgia State
11-0Grambling
11-0Jackson St.
11-0James Madison
11-0Kansas
11-0LaSalle
11-0Liberty
11-0Marist
11-0Maryland
11-0Memphis St.
11-0Middle Tennessee
11-0North Carolina A&T
11-0Northwestern
11-0Ohio State
11-0Oregon
11-0Penn State
11-0Pittsburgh
11-0Purdue
11-0Radford
11-0Saint Mary's
11-0S. Carolina St.
11-0SW Missouri
11-0Tennessee Tech
11-0Vanderbilt
11-0Villanova
11-0Virginia Tech
11-0Wake Forest
11-0Western Carolina
10-1Michigan State
10-1Xavier

UT'S NCAA FINAL FOUR HISTORY

2007 Cleveland, Ohio
vs. North Carolina (Semifinal)56-50
2005 Indianapolis, Indiana
vs. Michigan State (Semifinal)64-68
2004 New Orleans, Louisiana
Defeated LSU (Semifinal)52-50
Lost to Connecticut (Championship)61-70
2003 Atlanta, Georgia
Defeated Duke (Semifinal)66-56
Lost to Connecticut (Championship)68-73
2002 San Antonio, Texas
Lost to Connecticut (Semifinal)56-79
2000 Philadelphia, Penn.
Defeated Rutgers (Semifinal)64-54
Lost to Connecticut (Championship)52-71
1998 Kansas City, Missouri
Defeated Arkansas (Semifinal)86-58
Defeated La Tech (Championship)93-75
1997 Cincinnati, Ohio
Defeated Notre Dame (Semifinal)80-66
Defeated ODU (Championship)68-59
1996 Charlotte, N.C.
Defeated Connecticut (Semifinal) (OT)88-83
Defeated Georgia (Championship)83-65
1995 Minneapolis, Minn.
Defeated Georgia (Semifinal)73-51
Lost to Connecticut (Championship)64-70
1991 New Orleans, La.
Defeated Stanford (Semifinal)68-60
Defeated Virginia (Championship) (OT)70-67
1989 Tacoma, Washington
Defeated Maryland (Semifinal)77-65
Defeated Auburn (Championship)76-60
1988 Tacoma, Washington
Lost to Louisiana Tech (Semifinal)59-68
1987 Austin, Texas
Defeated Long Beach (Semifinal)74-64
Defeated La Tech (Championship)67-44
1986 Lexington, Kentucky
Lost to Southern Cal (Semifinal)59-83
1984 Los Angeles, California
Defeated Cheyney (Semifinal)82-73
Lost to Southern Cal (Championship)61-72
1982 Norfolk, Virginia
Lost to Louisiana Tech (Semifinal)46-69

AIAW "FINAL FOUR" HISTORY

1981 Eugene, Oregon
Defeated Old Dominion (Semifinals)68-65
Lost to La Tech (Championship)59-79
1980 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Defeated South Carolina (Semifinals)75-72
Lost to Old Dominion (Championship)53-68
1979 Greensboro, N.C.
Lost to Louisiana Tech (Semifinals)84-102
Defeated UCLA (Conso-Final)104-86
1977 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lost to Delta State (Semifinals)58-62
Defeated Immaculata (Conso-Final)91-62

FINAL FOUR MVP

1998-Chamique Holdsclaw
1997-Chamique Holdsclaw
1996-Michelle Marciniak
1989-Bridgette Gordon
1987-Tonya Edwards

FINAL FOUR ALL-TOURNAMENT

2004- Shanna Zolamn
2003-Gwen Jackson, Kara Lawson
2000-Tamika Catchings
1998- C.Holdsclaw, T. Catchings, Kellie Jolly
1997-Chamique Holdsclaw, Kellie Jolly
1996-M. Marciniak, C. Holdsclaw, T.Johnson
1995-Nikki McCray
1991-Dena Head, Daedra Charles
1989-Bridgette Gordon, Sheila Frost
1987-Tonya Edwards, Bridgette Gordon
1984-Mary Ostrowski


 

 

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