Overall Record: 30-5
Defeated Virginia 70-67 in NCAA Title Game
Standing (L-R): Peggy Evans, Debbie Hawhee, Daedra Charles,
Kelli Casteel, Marlene Jeter. Seated (L-R): Jody Adams, Dena Head,
Nikki Caldwell, Lisa Harrison, Regina Clark.
Vindication was finally Tennessee's in the 1991 NCAA women's final, as the Lady Vols downed a talented Virginia Cavalier club, 70-67, in the first NCAA Final Four overtime title game. Virginia had eliminated Tennessee before it could reach the 1990 Women's Final Four - which just happened to be held in Knoxville. But the Lady Vols took New Orleans and their third NCAA title in five years.
The first half was tight, with Tennessee holding a paper-thin 27-26 advantage at the intermission. But the Lady Vols opened up a small lead in the second half. Small lead; small comfort.
Virginia's Dawn Staley, who was named the most outstanding player, led the Virginia comeback to tie the game at 60 at the end of regulation. But the overtime belonged to Tennessee and Dena Head, who scored a championship record 28 points in the final.
Wade Trophy winner Daedra Charles added 19 points and 12 boards for Tennessee and joined Head on the All-Championship Team. Tennessee's effort was also aided by the play of Lisa Harrison, who poured in 8 points and 13 boards.
With the victory, the Lady Volunteers kept their streak of odd-year championships going. Tennessee also won national titles in 1987 and 1989.