Tilted Forum Project Discussion Community  

Go Back   Tilted Forum Project Discussion Community > Interests > Tilted Sports


 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-23-2005, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
NCB
Junkie
 
NCB's Avatar
 
Location: Tobacco Road
Apples to oranges

Summitt breaks NCAA win record with No. 880

By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS, AP Sports Writer
March 23, 2005

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Moments after becoming the winningest coach in NCAA history, Pat Summitt focused on her ultimate goal: getting Tennessee its seventh national title.

Summitt broke Dean Smith's career victory record Tuesday night, getting No. 880 in the Lady Vols' 75-54 win over Purdue in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

``First and foremost, we're going to the Sweet 16,'' Summitt said. ``Obviously, to be in the company with Coach Smith, to think about all the people that were a part of these wins, I never thought I'd live this long.''


ummitt tied Smith with an easy win over Western Carolina in the first round Sunday night, and passed the former North Carolina men's coach with another convincing victory.

``First of all, I'm excited this basketball team is headed to Philadelphia and appreciate the fact that we managed to get it done tonight,'' Summitt said. ``We played in spurts at times, but did enough to advance.''

The 52-year-old Summitt improved to 880-171 in 31 years at Tennessee, while Smith was 879-254 when he retired in 1997 after 36 years with the Tar Heels.

Summitt was concerned the record chase would be a distraction during tournament time.

``I appreciate all the recognition women's basketball has received because of this,'' she said. ``I think the game has obviously had a lot of plugs, as well as this program.

``But I just want to keep my focus on this team, and that's all I could think about today.''

After the game, NCAA officials presented the game ball and a plaque to Summitt. The university announced that the court at Thompson-Boling Arena will be named ``The Summitt,'' in honor of the coach who now stands above the rest in NCAA basketball.

``It really touches me,'' she said. ``I never even thought about anything like that ever. I don't think there could have been a better gift in terms of the feeling that I had and how much I love this university.''

Ninth-seeded Purdue (17-13) tried its best to stall Summitt's chase, hanging tough with the top-seeded Lady Vols (28-4) in the first half.

But Tennessee's defense was too much for Purdue in the second half. The Boilermakers didn't have a field goal in the first 6:35 of the second half, while the Lady Vols pushed their lead to 20 with a 19-6 run.

``Congratulations to Coach Summitt,'' Purdue coach Kristy Curry said. ``I'm really happy for her, and I'm proud of my team for how they fought and battled.''

Tye'sha Fluker tied a career high with 18 points and had 10 rebounds. Shyra Ely added 16 points, Shanna Zolman 15 and Nicky Anosike 11.

Sharika Webb had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Katie Gearlds added 13 for the Boilermakers, who made only four field goals in the second half.

In the first game Tuesday in Knoxville, LSU, the top overall seed in the tournament, cruised past ninth-seeded Arizona 76-43.

The Lady Tigers (31-2) will face 13th-seeded Liberty in the Chattanooga Regional semifinals Saturday. Liberty upset fifth-seeded DePaul 88-79 on Tuesday night in College Park, Md.

Temeka Johnson scored all 14 of her points in the first half and had 10 assists. Seimone Augustus added 18 points and Scholanda Hoston had 12 for LSU, who are trying to reach the Final Four for a second straight season. The Lady Tigers are in the final 16 for the ninth time.

Dee-Dee Wheeler led the ninth-seeded Wildcats (20-12) with 13 points, and Shawntinice Polk had 10. Danielle Adefeso added 12 rebounds. Arizona had only four assists.

But the most excitement was saved for the nightcap.

Summitt took over the women's program at Tennessee in 1974 at age 22 when there were no scholarships and she had to wash the uniforms and drive the team van. The Lady Vols nickname didn't even exist.

A mere 53 fans watched Summitt win her first game, a 69-32 victory over Middle Tennessee on Jan. 10, 1975.

Thousands of orange-clad supporters came to see Summitt reach 880 on Tuesday, creating an atmosphere even more electric than usual.

``This basketball team is on a mission, so stick with us!'' she said to the crowd after the game.

Among those in attendance were Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer, former Lady Vols assistant Mickie DeMoss, former Lady Vols guard Kara Lawson and former men's basketball coach Buzz Peterson, who was fired last week after four seasons.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Christine Stewart, Former Minister of the Environment of Canada
"No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits.... Climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world."
NCB is offline  
Old 03-23-2005, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Looks like Dean is loosing all his records.. Coach K passed him for most tourny wins the other night.

Summit is a hell of a coach though
Glory's Sun is offline  
Old 03-23-2005, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
Take my hand
 
Location: Everywhere, but nowhere
Agreed, Summit is a very good coach, but I don't think it is fair to compare her with Dean Smith. There is so much more parity in men's college basketball than there is in women's, and just looking at the men's tournament this year proves it. Bottom line is, Pat Summit, while a great coach, won most of her games with a team of college superstars that could only be matched by the women of UConn. Dean Smith did more with less.
__________________
The only thing I'll ever ask of you... you gotta promise not to stop when I say when.
present_future is offline  
 

Tags
apples, oranges

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:56 PM.

Tilted Forum Project

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
© 2002-2012 Tilted Forum Project

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360