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LADY VOLS CELEBRATE EIGHTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Public Invited to Welcome Team Home Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Vols have brought home their eighth national title.
Come welcome them home at Thompson-Boling arena on Wednesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Admission is free.

Parking will be available in the G-3, G-4, G-5 and G-10 garage. Fans should enter the arena through the concourse.

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It's Coach Summitt's 8th National Championship in Basketball.
Tennessee becomes only the 4th Women's Team to win back to back National Titles...

Coach Summitt has now won her 983 game in Women's NCAA College Basketball.

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One by one, Candace Parker hugged her teammates on the sideline as the last seconds ticked away. It was all part of her final farewell to Tennessee.

All that was left was to hoist a championship trophy, which came after the Lady Vols' 64-48 victory over Stanford on Tuesday night in Tampa.

Parker scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Tennessee capture its eighth championship---all under coach Pat Summitt. The Lady Vols also became the first repeat champs since Connecticut won three straight from 2002 to 2004.

Tennessee, much quicker than the Cardinal, ended the season 36-2 while Stanford ended 35-4.

Stanford's loss ended Candice Wiggins' remarkable run through the NCAA tournament. She scored 14 points---and finished with 153 over the six games -- the fourth best total in tournament history.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Candace Parker got most of Stanford's attention. Maybe the Cardinal should have played tighter defense on Nicky Anosike and Shannon Bobbitt.

The seniors burned Stanford all over the floor Tuesday night, helping Tennessee build an early lead and cruise to a 64-48 victory in the women's NCAA championship game.

Anosike finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Bobbitt added 13 points -- all in the first half -- as the Lady Volunteers won their second consecutive national title.

Both players were named to the All-Tournament team.

Anosike set the tone in this one, hitting a jumper shortly after the opening tip and then scoring in a variety of different ways around the basket. She had putbacks, layups and free throws. She even drove the baseline and hit a nifty reverse layup in the first half that helped Tennessee regain a double-digit lead.

Not bad for a 6-foot-4 center.

Bobbitt did her damage from much farther away.

The 5-foot-2 point guard hit consecutive 3-pointers in the opening minutes that gave Tennessee all the cushion it needed to end Stanford's 23-game winning streak and give coach Pat Summitt her eighth national title. Bobbitt drained another 3 late in the opening half and was instrumental in running Tennessee's offense all night.

Parker took over in the second half, quite possibly because Stanford stopped paying her so much attention. The Cardinal double- and triple-teamed the AP Player of the Year all night.

The move backfired early, mostly because of Anosike and Bobbitt.

Maybe Stanford should have looked at last year's national title game. Anosike had four points and 16 rebounds -- including 10 offensive boards that gave the Vols so many extra shots -- in a victory against Rutgers. Bobbitt had 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc.

They gave a repeat performance against Stanford -- and gave Tennessee a much more enjoyable repeat.

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LADY VOLS CELEBRATE EIGHTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Public Invited to Welcome Team Home Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Vols have brought home their eighth national title. Come welcome them home at Thompson-Boling arena on Wednesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Parking will be available in the G-3, G-4, G-5 and G-10 garage. Fans should enter the arena through the concourse.

Posters featuring Coach Summitt and the Lady Vols will be available for those attending. Those unable to attend can purchase a poster at www.VolNetwork.tv.

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Tennessee vs. Stanford Post-Game Notes

NCAA Tournament – Championship Game

April 8, 2008

Notes…

-Two times in history two different schools from the same state have competed in the NCAA Championship, both time the women’s school has come out victorious: 1994, the North Carolina women defeated Louisiana Tech and the Duke men fell to Arkansas; 2008, the Tennessee women defeated Stanford and the Memphis men fell to Kansas.

-Tennessee extended its streak of games with a three-pointer to 340.

-Tennessee’s eight NCAA women’s basketball titles are more than any other women’s program in the country and second only to the UCLA men’s program (11).

-Tennessee held LSU and Stanford to under 50 points in the Final Four games.

The win tonight…

-Gives the Lady Vols a final record of 36-2 for the 2007-08 season, the second-most wins in a single-season in school history (1997-98 team went 39-0).

-Improves UT to 104-19 record all-time in NCAA Tournament games, including an 8-5 mark in NCAA Title games.

-Improves the Lady Vols to 20-5 all-time against Stanford and 54-13 all-time against Pac-10 teams.

-Gives UT an all-time record of 398-150 against ranked opponents, including an 18-2 mark this season.

-Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 983-182 in 34 seasons at Tennessee.

Shannon Bobbitt…

-Her trio of three-pointers tonight moved her past Kara Lawson’s 2002-03 season total of 77 treys and into third place in the UT single-season record books (78).

-Her 28 three-pointers in NCAA Tournament games in just two years rank her tied for fifth all-time in the NCAA record books.

-Scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and the 33rd time of her career.

Candace Parker…

-Moved into third place in the NCAA record books for free throws attempted (118) in NCAA Tournament career games.

-Scored in double figures for the 44th game in a row and the 105th time of her career.

-Moved into third place in the UT record books for single-season scoring (809).

-Broke the Tennessee record for free throws made (526) and attempted (738). Chamique Holdsclaw held the records: 523-of-731.

Nicky Anosike…

-Played in her 21st NCAA Tournament game, moving her into a tie for fifth place in NCAA history.

-Her 44 career steals in NCAA Tournament games rank her fourth in NCAA history.

-Her six steals tonight tie for the second-most in an NCAA championship game.

-Moved into fourth place in the NCAA record books for career rebounds in NCAA tournament games (165).

-Moved into a tie for fifth place in the NCAA record books for career blocks in NCAA tournament games (37).

-Scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and the 38th time in her career.

Alexis Hornbuckle…

-Played in her 21st NCAA Tournament game, moving her into a tie for fifth place in NCAA history.

Story Courtesy: AP Wire Reports / The Vol Network / UT Lady Vols Sports Information


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