Just five years after the inaugural NCAA women’s basketball tournament, Pat Summitt’s Lady Vols started to accumulate their titles, eventually giving the UConn Huskies a run for their money and igniting one of the greatest rivalries in women’s sports.
From 1987–2008, Tennessee’s women’s basketball program attended 15 Final Fours and brought home eight national championships, starting its 1997–1998 season in the No. 1 spot, going 39–0 and bookending the season with a title.
In 2012, when Summitt retired from her post as head coach, she held the record for most wins by a college basketball coach in the history of the game with 1,098 career victories. After losing her battle to Alheizmer’s in 2016, various petitions circulated to name the NCAA women’s basketball national championship trophy in coach Summitt’s honor.
PROGRAM BY THE NUMBERS
National Championships: 8
Conference Titles: 18
Notable Team Members: Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings and Holly Warlick