Overall Record: 39-0
Defeated Louisiana Tech 93-75 in NCAA Title Game
Standing (L-R): Kyra Elzy, Teresa Geter, LaShonda Stephens, Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw, Kellie Jolly.
Seated (L-R): Brynae Laxton, Kristen "Ace" Clement, Niya Butts, Laurie Milligan, Misty Greene, Semeka Randall.
The 1998 Tennessee Lady Vols will be remembered as history-makers. A perfect 39-0 record and the most wins ever in women's collegiate basketball… an NCAA unprecedented three consecutive titles… and the systematic blowout night-after-night of the opposition.
When the team finally reached the NCAA title game against a dear old rival in Louisiana Tech, the contest started out tight with UT taking an 8-6 lead. Then "the greatest team ever to play the game," according to Louisiana Tech head coach Leon Barmore, exploded out to a 34-11 run over the next seven minutes. The points were coming in bunches to the tune of 63% field goal accuracy as these Lady Vols were on a mission.
By the halftime break, Tennessee led 55-32 and had registered an NCAA record for the most points scored in a half at the Final Four. Leading the way for UT in game 39 were the Three Meeks - MVP Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Semeka Randall-- who collectively tallied 62 points and 25 rebounds in the Lady Vols' 93-75 victory.
Holdsclaw, who scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, won the top player honors in the final game. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Catchings, who recorded 27 points in her first title game, and an honorary "Meek", Kellie Jolly, who added a career-high 20 points.
With the win, the Lady Vols earned their sixth national title, played in their eighth championship game and became the first team to win three consecutive NCAA titles.