Overall Record: 32-4
Defeated Georgia 83-65 in NCAA Title Game
Standing (L-R): Brynae Laxton, Pashen Thompson, Tiffani Johnson,
Abby Conklin, Chamique Holdsclaw, Kellie Jolly.
Seated (L-R): Lauri Milligan, Michelle Marciniak, Latina Davis,
Misty Greene, Kim Smallwood.
It seemed only fitting that the Lady Vols would win another NCAA crown in the "Queen City" of Charlotte, N.C. And it was equally fitting that the Lady Vols' fourth NCAA title would come over a fierce SEC rival in the Georgia Lady Bulldogs, 83-65.
After the emotionally draining overtime win versus Connecticut, the skeptics wondered if UT would have enough emotional energy left for the title game. They did...and then some. Although Georgia held a modest three point lead early in the game and led by two with 14:11 to go in the first half, it would be their only lead in the title contest. UT senior Latina Davis put the handcuffs on Player of the Year Saudia Roundtree in the first half as the Lady Vols grabbed an early nine point lead, 28-19 with 7:36 to go in the first half. Georgia recovered to trail by just five at the half, 42-37.
In the first three minutes of the second half, UT took off and never looked back. Abby Conklin's trey (her first of four) with 14:55 left gave UT a 16-point lead, 57-41. Davis upped the ante to a 21 point lead with 2:25 showing, 81-60. The celebrating started early as the Final Four MVP, Michelle Marciniak, and All-Tournament Team members Chamique Holdsclaw and Tiffani Johnson left the game to wildly cheering fans. Davis, who held Roundtree to 17 points below her average, was UT's quiet heroine.
On the night, Holdsclaw and Johnson tallied 16 points to lead UT, while Conklin added 14 points, Pashen Thompson a dozen, and Marciniak 10 in the final game of her career.