Sunday, November 22, 2009

1997 Tennessee Lady Vols:

The Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team has been known as one of the best women's basketball programs of all time. The 1997 season saw the Lady Vol's go 39-0, and claim the national title for the third consecutive time. ESPN titled the game one of the top 10 moments in women's sports history. They won the National Championship in convincing fashion defeating number 4 Louisiana Tech 93-75. The Lady Vols' played 12 games against top 20 teams, and handled all 12 teams easily. Head Coach Pay Summit is known as one of the best coaches of all time. Even more impressively, the Lady Vol's played only one game where they won by only ten points, and besides that all games were won by a margin of at least 15. The Lady Vol's were led by Chamique Holdsclaw, who garnered multiple post season awards.

The Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team is one of the most dominant teams of all time, and is right up the with the UConn women's basketball team as the national powerhouse team. The Lady Vols have made it to the NCAA tournament every year since the NCAA sanctioned women's sports in 1981. The Lady Vols have won 14 SEC titles, 13 SEC tournament championships, has made 18 Final Four appearances, and won 8 National Championships.

The Lady Vols have been coach by Pat Summit for over three decades. She has over 1000 victories at Tennessee, and has won an impressive 91% of her home games.

What is also impressive about the Lady Vols is the rigorous schedule that they face each year, yet continue to have such success. The Lady Vols play on average 47% of their games against ranked opponents. Last season was the first time in over a decade the the Lady Vols suffered double digits in the loss column. After winning the National Championship in the 2007-2008 season and graduating all-american Candace Parker, the Lady Vols had a rebuilding year.

Currently the Lady Vols find themselves again in the top 10, and you can be sure that they will be yet again, a team to beat this season.

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