Young female basketball players now dream of playing for UConn as they once did for Summitt and Tennessee.
Summitt’s death sparked an outpouring of grief from the sports community on social media, and was the top-trending topic on Twitter in the United States. Tennessee and CT was the biggest draw in women’s basketball with Geno Auriemma and his Huskies handing Summitt her lone title game loss in 1995. For those that knew her, I know I speak for all of them, when they say it was certainly an honor to call her a friend.
Auriemma has the best percentage, winning almost 88 percent of the games he has coached. “Memories that will live on in each and every relationship she developed throughout her life”. And, uh – you know, I know she loved you very much, robin. She had kept a low profile since, as her condition progressed, remaining largely out of the public eye.
CNN’s Dianne Gallagher provided a statement from former Volunteer Peyton Manning, who discussed Summitt’s influence on his career. She then showed me the engaging side, laughing when asked about a stretch of play during the 1998 title game that resembled the Showtime Lakers, beaming while reflecting on how well her Lady Vols showed women could play the game. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you in the days and weeks ahead.
Today is a sad day for the world of basketball as we mourn the passing of a legend.
Summitt died Tuesday morning at age 64. A surgeon told her to quit the sport.
“She set the standard for excellence in academics, athletics and life”.
She had piercing blue eyes that communicated better than most can orally.
“One of Pat’s greatest strengths was her ability to read people, hone in on what made them tick, what type of person they were”, said Lawson.
As a player, Summit won the silver medal with Team USA at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Summitt grew up at a time when girls played six-person basketball, which meant three played offense, three played defense, and no one but a rover was allowed to cross center court. President Obama honored Summitt with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on May 29, 2012.
Initial indications that something was awry with Summitt’s mental state were easily rationalized. And she’s always motivating you and encouraging you. She was named NCAA Coach of the Year seven times and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
The diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, which followed a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic, came as a shock. “It doesn’t do any good to feel sorry for yourself”. A landmark victory for the Gamecocks came in 2012, Summitt’s final season, when USC scored its first win ever in Knoxville. The Lady Vols never had a losing season under her.
Pat Summitt was a warrior, fighter and stood up to a disease that has caused so much damage to our society.
On Monday, Catchings posted on Instagram that Summitt is the “strongest woman I know”. “But I want to keep doing the right things for women all the time”. “But people and emotions are engraved in me”.
Manning, who played at the University of Tennessee where Summitt built the women’s basketball powerhouse, said he considered the coaching giant to be a close friend.