Overall Record: 34-3
Defeated Rutgers 59-46 in NCAA Title Game
Standing (L-R): Dominique Redding, Sidney Spencer, Nicky Anosike, Candace Parker, Alex Fuller.
Seated (L-R): Alberta Auguste, Cait McMahan, Shannon Bobbitt, Elizabeth Curry, Alexis Hornbuckle.
On April 3, 2007, the Tennessee Lady Vols captured an elusive seventh national title, beating Rutgers to the ball for second and third shots in a 59-46 win to reclaim their customary place above all other programs.
Parker scored 17 points to lead her squad to a 34-3 final record, but the tournament's most outstanding player got plenty of help from Shannon Bobbitt who scored 13 points -- 9 of them on three treys in a lightning-quick span in the second half -- and Nicky Anosike had 16 rebounds for the Lady Vols, who had 24 offensive boards.
After building a 16-point lead and then holding off a late push by Rutgers, the Lady Vols could finally celebrate, dribbling out the final 30 seconds under the Rutgers basket until Tennessee's players, some in tears, danced at midcourt as orange, blue and gold confetti fell from above.
"To win anything you have to be a tight team," Summitt said. "They believed in each other and they all had one goal, to be here in Cleveland and cut down the nets. I'm real, real proud of this team."
A three-pointer by Rutgers ended a 7-0 UT run that brought the Scarlet Knights to 50-42, but Parker made six straight free throws in 37 seconds to make it 56-44 with 1:08 left. As she went down the floor, Parker looked at the bench where senior Sidney Spencer was crying, knowing all the hard work during the offseason would end the best way possible.
The 2007 NCAA tournament ended the same way it has nearly one-third of the time since it started -- with Tennessee setting up ladders to cut down the nets.