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By From Sun news services | March 29, 2011
No team has ever been so happy to be 1-20. Skylar Diggins scored 24 points and second-seeded Notre Dame made up for 28 years of beatings at the hands of Tennessee, upsetting the top-seeded Lady Vols, 73-59, on Monday night to earn a spot in the Final Four. "We went into the locker room after the game and the first thing the team said was, '1 and 20! 1 and 20!'" coach Muffet McGraw said with a laugh. The Fighting Irish (30-7) came in 0-20 all-time against the Lady Vols.
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Staff reports | March 30, 2014
Terps women get career-high 33 points from Alyssa Thomas to defeat top seed Tennessee to advance to Elite Eight. Maryland women's 73-62 win advances them to Tuesday night Elite Eight matchup with winner of Louisville-LSU in Louisville. Thomas on a roll.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer | March 30, 1995
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- If you haven't seen Dana Johnson since she dominated the Baltimore high school girls basketball scene, you might not recognize the woman she's become.For one thing, Johnson is 30 pounds lighter than when she led Western High to a 65-4 record and two city titles. The girlish eyeglasses have been replaced with contact lenses, which make her look more mature.Oh, and then there's the duckwalk.At certain select times during a Tennessee game, usually about the time the third-ranked Lady Vols are about to seal the deal on another win, Johnson, a 6-foot-2 senior post player, will score in close, then spin to head downcourt with an exaggerated gait that is a page right out of the Chuck Berry stylebook.
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Baltimore Sun staff | July 8, 2013
Former New Town girls basketball star Jannah Tucker will not enroll at Tennessee because of "personal reasons," Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick announced Sunday . Tucker, a 6-foot guard, was a member of the U.S. under-18 national team last summer. She missed her entire senior season with a torn ACL.  Tucker was rated the No. 8 prospect nationally in the 2013 class by ESPN Hoop Gurlz.
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By Milton Kent | March 24, 1998
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Jon Alpert and Maryann DeLeo are veteran documentary filmmakers, whose projects have taken them across the globe and back, and into subject matters as hard-hitting as prison, rape, and drug abuse.But nothing prepared them for the hassles of constructing "A Cinderella Season: The Lady Vols Fight Back", a 75-minute look at the Tennessee women's basketball team's 1996-97 season, which premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday m. on HBO."We've been to Third World countries where we've had an easier time, but this was worth it," said Alpert, who along with DeLeo is traveling with the Lady Vols this year to drum up publicity for their film.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 31, 1997
CINCINNATI -- Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt said Friday that she would have 48 hours to come up with something to stop seemingly unstoppable Old Dominion, and so she did, as the Lady Vols knocked off the Lady Monarchs, 68-59, last night.But it was the way Summitt did it, by going after point guard Ticha Penicheiro that threw Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry for a loop."Pat's plan to wear Ticha down was brilliant. The pressure totally wore her down," Larry said.Penicheiro, the All-America point guard from Portugal, had 10 points, eight steals and eight assists, but also 10 turnovers and was harassed all night by a variety of Lady Vols defenders.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | April 1, 2000
PHILADELPHIA -- Getting to the Final Four and playing for a national title has become old hat for the second-ranked Tennessee women's basketball team, so it took a novice to get them over the hump. Freshman point guard Kara Lawson poured in 19 points, including all eight of her free throws in the second half, to jump-start the Lady Vols' offense to a 64-54 win over No. 8-ranked Rutgers in the national semifinals. The victory propelled Tennessee to the NCAA tournament final for the fifth time in six seasons and set up a title game against Connecticut, which beat Penn State, 89-67.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 30, 1996
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Even after carrying her team into tomorrow's national championship game, Tennessee guard Michelle Marciniak said last year's 70-64 loss to Connecticut in the NCAA women's championship game stings most of all.The Lady Vols can't get that title back, but they will play Georgia for a record fourth championship tomorrow because Marciniak wouldn't forget last year.The senior guard's grit and determination were the core of fourth-ranked Tennessee's 88-83 overtime win over No. 2Connecticut in the first of two national semifinals last night.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1998
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The funny thing, the really funny thing about Semeka Randall and Tamika Catchings is how harmless they look when they're sitting on the dais after another Tennessee win.Ear-to-ear grins and giggles abound as the pair calmly discuss the latest step on the march to women's basketball immortality like a biology exam or yesterday's meat loaf at the training table.And the even funnier thing is that Catchings and Randall -- who along with teammate Chamique Holdsclaw share the nickname "Meek" for the common syllable in their first names -- could actually get away with the ruse if not for the total absence of remorse over the way they have systematically destroyed the opposition -- by an NCAA-leading average of 31.2 points per game.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1999
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Generally speaking, there aren't many nuggets of optimism that can be mined from a 14-point loss, but the 10th-ranked Duke women's basketball team is hoping to pick a few from its December encounter with No. 2 Tennessee.The Blue Devils dropped a 74-60 decision to the Lady Vols at a holiday doubleheader at Walt Disney World, and believe, heading into tonight's rematch in the NCAA East Regional final, that they are different."We're older, wiser, smarter. We've grown as a team, and I think we're a better team than we were.
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From Sun news services | March 27, 2012
Brittney Griner came within one blocked shot of a tripledouble Monday night as No. 1 Baylor clinched a spot in the women's Final Four with a 77-58 thumping of second-seeded Tennessee in the Des Moines regional final at Wells Fargo Arena. Griner scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to go along with nine blocks before being one of three Bears ejected in the final minute for coming off the bench during an altercation. It's not known whether Griner will have to miss Sunday night's national semifinal against Stanford.
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By From Sun news services | March 29, 2011
No team has ever been so happy to be 1-20. Skylar Diggins scored 24 points and second-seeded Notre Dame made up for 28 years of beatings at the hands of Tennessee, upsetting the top-seeded Lady Vols, 73-59, on Monday night to earn a spot in the Final Four. "We went into the locker room after the game and the first thing the team said was, '1 and 20! 1 and 20!'" coach Muffet McGraw said with a laugh. The Fighting Irish (30-7) came in 0-20 all-time against the Lady Vols.
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By Tribune Newspapers | March 23, 2010
Tennessee is in the Sweet 16 for the 28th time. And after winning on their home court in Knoxville, the Lady Vols' path to the Final Four continues 350 miles down the road in Memphis. Alicia Manning had a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds Monday as Tennessee, seeded No. 1 in the Memphis Region, beat Dayton 92-64 in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament. The Lady Vols (32-2) have failed to reach the round of 16 only once in the tournament's 29-year history.
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By From Sun news services | March 23, 2009
Tennessee's title defense ended sooner than expected, wrapping up the worst season for Pat Summitt's vaunted program. Ball State stunned the two-time defending national champion, 71-55, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament last night in Bowling Green, Ky., ending one of the more remarkable streaks in college basketball history. The Lady Volunteers (22-11) had never lost on the opening weekend of the tournament, going 42-0 through the years. Fifth seed Tennessee also became the first defending champ to lose in the first round of the women's tournament.
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By From Sun news services | December 22, 2008
K.C. Rivers scored 28 points and No. 25 Clemson easily overcame an early 12-point deficit on the way to beating host Miami, 91-72, last night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Terrence Oglesby added 17 points for the Tigers (12-0, 1-0), who kept pace with No. 3 Pittsburgh for Division I's best record this season. Pitt stayed perfect by beating Florida State earlier yesterday. Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) scored 20 points for Miami (7-3, 0-1), which doomed itself with a season-high 22 turnovers - 12 in the final 11 minutes of the first half, a stretch during which the Hurricanes were outscored 29-9 - and by missing 12 of its first 17 free throws.
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By RICK MAESE | March 19, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- --The point guard yells "outlet!" and sprints up court. Her head coach, Pat Summitt, shouts, "Go! Go!" as Shannon Bobbitt blows by. At the other end, there are a few sharp passes, criss-crossing the court like laser beams in a security system. "Nice! Nice!" Summitt yells. "That's it!" Candace Parker finally flips the ball to the wing. "Shoot," she says softly, and Angie Bjorklund's shot is all net. "Yeah!" Parker says, high-fiving the smiling freshman. You can tell it's March in the state of Tennessee.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1999
STORRS, Conn. -- Normally, it takes maybe decades of hard-fought competition, played out on grand stages, for a rivalry to build to the level that the Connecticut-Tennessee women's basketball series has reached in just four years.And though the Lady Vols-Huskies matchup doesn't have the long-lasting cachet of, say, Duke-North Carolina on the men's college front or the Lakers-Celtics dramas of the NBA of old, these two teams have pushed each other to impressive heights in only eight meetings.
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By EDWARD LEE and EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER | February 12, 2006
College Park -- Dozens of orange-clad fans of the Tennessee women's basketball team turned red with rage two months ago, and the object of their scorn was Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood. Backers of the-then-No. 1 Lady Vols took to the Internet after the university announced in December that Wiley-Gatewood, a sophomore point guard, was transferring to another school. Accusations of selfishness and an inability to be a team player were posted faster than one of her crossover dribbles. No. 6 Maryland@No.
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By Philip Hersh and Philip Hersh,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 4, 2007
CLEVELAND -- At Tennessee, women's basketball championships are not pie in the sky. They are on banners high in the rafters of Thompson-Boling Arena, hung there after triumphs in 1998, 1997, 1996, 1991, 1989 and 1987. Every time Candace Parker looked up there, in practices or during games, she would wonder when a new banner would be added, one she helped hang. "It has been way too long since Tennessee has won a national championship," Parker said a day before the Lady Lady Volstried for their seventh.
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