February 5, 2009
Pat Summitt gets win 1,000
Tennessee women's basketball Coach Pat Summitt recorded her 1,000th career victory Thursday night in a 73-43 rout of SEC foe Georgia.
In her 35th year in Knoxville, Summitt is the first coach, man or woman, to reach the 1,000-victory plateau. She did it in her second try this week.The 17th-ranked Lady Volunteers, whose roster this season features seven freshmen, suffered an 80-70 loss at second-ranked Oklahoma Monday night.
Summitt's career record rose to 1,000-186, and her career milestones include being co-captain during Team USA's silver medal-winning team at the 1976 Olympics; eight national championships, three straight from 1996-98; and an Olympic gold medal in 1984.
I've been extremely blessed to be your coach, she told a packed, enthusiastic crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena.
We've had a few challenges this year and we may be young, but our plan is to be at the Final Four.