Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Tennessee 75 - Purdue 54 - Post Game Notes

Top-seeded Tennessee defeated 9th-seeded Purdue, 75-54, to advance to the Philadelphia Regional semifinals and will play Texas Tech.

Tennessee Head Coach Pat Summitt passes Dean Smith to become the NCAA's all-time winningest coach with her 880th victory.

Tennessee's court will now be known as "The Summitt" at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Pat Summitt Dean Smith
Wins 880 879
Losses 171 254
Pct. .837 .776
Years 31 36
NCAA tournament berths 24* 27^
Final Four appearances 15$ 11
Consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 berths 24 13
Regular-season conference titles 13 17
Consecutive 20-win seasons 29 27
Total 20-win seasons 29 30
Consecutive 25-win seasons 25 22
Win #879 94-43 over Western Carolina 97-74 over Louisville
Mar. 20, 2005 Mar. 23, 1997
Win #880 75-54 over Purdue --
Mar. 22, 2005 --

* increases to 30 including six AIAW appearances
^ increases to 31 including 4 NIT appearances
$ increases to 19 including 4 AIAW appearances

University of Tennessee Notes

First-seeded Tennessee improves to 28-4 on the season. Tennessee has now won at least 28 games in each of the last 15 seasons.

The Lady Vols have compiled an 87-17 record in their 24 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee has won 46 consecutive NCAA tournament games in Knoxville, including 34 in Thompson-Boling Arena. Their streak increases to 51 games when taking into account contests in the AIAW tournament.

Tennessee advances to its 24th consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 and will face Texas Tech. UT is 4-0 all-time versus the Lady Raiders. The Lady Vols earned a 57-44 victory in their last meeting on March 27, 2000, in the Mideast Regional final in Memphis, Tenn.

UT improves its all-time record to 6-1 against Purdue. It was the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament between the schools. It is now 42-4 all-time against Big Ten opponents.

Tennessee held Purdue to just 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) shooting in the second half.

Tennessee's 11 3-pointers set a school record in NCAA tournament games, eclipsing the nine the Lady Vols made against DePaul in the second round on Mar. 22, 2004.

With a game-high 18 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in 23 minutes, Tye'sha Fluker earned her third double-double of the season.

Freshman Nicky Anosike swiped a career-high six steals, coming up just shy of UT's NCAA Tournament single-game record (Nicky McCray, 7, versus Northwestern on March 20, 1993.

Shanna Zolman is 8-of-13 from beyond the arc during the first two games of the NCAA Tournament. She is 16-of-23 from the field overall.

Zolman has scored in double figures in seven of her past eight tournament games. She has now hit 22 3-pointers in 14 career tournament games.

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