Pat Summitt turned an afterthought into a powerhouse. On February 17, 1985, the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers entered the Associated Press top 25 rankings for women’s basketball. That streak has now ended. The Lady Vols are out of the Top 25 after a staggering 31 year run near the top of women’s basketball. That’s a staggering 565 weeks consecutive weeks.
Sadly, Tennessee has been struggling all year. The team has just lost two of their last three games, and they are down to 16-11 this season. Of course, that’s the kind of thing that happens when you try to replace a legendary coach and are entering a sport where there’s a clear #1 team and a whole bunch of also-rans. Unfortunately, Holly Warlock isn’t Pat Summitt; there’s not going to be another Pat Summitt, so they have to do their best with who they have and unfortunately it seems like she’s not going to be that person.
“It’s really an amazing streak and a tribute to all of the players and coaches who’ve contributed to the Lady Vols’ rich tradition of excellence,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. “The results this season haven’t been what we wanted, but I assure you my staff and I are working extremely hard to ensure that our players reach their potential and, in turn, help our program attain the level of success we expect at Tennessee.”
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