Thursday, February 5, 2009

Summitt first NCAA coach to reach 1,000 wins

UT Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt reaches her 1,000 win against University of Georgia in Thompson Boling Arena on Thursday, Feb. 5.

The Lady Vols had hoped to gain the win for their coach on Tuesday against Oklahoma, and even though they played their hearts out, they could not match the defensive efforts of Courtney and Ashley Paris.

Tonight the Lady Vols shut down Georgia with a 73-43 win despite Vicki Baugh's knee injury on Tuesday. She will not be out for the rest of the year. Alicia Manning also experienced a thigh injury tonight, but continued to sit on the bench and support her team.

Following in her teammates footsteps, Glory Johnson stepped up and filled the role for Baugh by grabbing rebound after rebound and putting up jumpers. Shekinna Stricklen backed Johnson up and had a remarkable night, but hit the hardwood pretty hard during the second half, causing her to sit on the bench for several minutes in the second half.

While all these injuries might have given Georgia an advantage, it didn't. Georgia still trailed by 30 points with 10 minutes to go in the game.

After the game, Summitt was presented with several gifts including the game ball, a painted portrait and jewelry.

"We have the greatest fans in women's basketball," Summitt said. "I want to thank the administration for giving their commitment a long time ago before it was popular to women's basketball, and what a difference it's made."

Summitt said that she has been extremely blessed in her coaching career.

"We may be young and we may be inexperienced, but our goal is to be in St. Louis for the final four," Summitt said.