7:00 PM ET, February 5, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pat Summitt didn't bother to brush the glittering specks left by the orange and white streamers from her hair. Her voice wavered as she thanked her players, coaches, administrators and fans for all their support over the decades.The coach known for her searing glare could only smile. She had reached 1,000 victories, an unprecedented height even she finds dizzying.
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Reaching the Summitt
Pat Summitt became the first coach in women's and men's Division I history to win 1,000 games.
|Bob Knight||Texas Tech||42||902-371|
|Dean Smith||North Carolina||36||879-254|
Pat Summitt has helped the Lady Vols to eight NCAA titles -- three more than her closest competition on the women's side. But she would need two more titles to catch John Wooden and three to pass for the most overall. Here's a look:
|John Wooden, UCLA||10|
|Pat Summitt, Tenn.||8|
|Geno Auriemma, UConn||5|
|Adolph Rupp, UK||4|
• The Lady Vols won their seventh straight over Georgia and Pat Summitt became the first NCAA basketball coach to reach 1,000 career wins.
• Tennessee has won nine straight home games and is 15-0 vs. unranked opponents this season.
• Freshman forward Glory Johnson led the Vols with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
-- ESPN Research