Tennessee seniors have Pat Summitt in mind

In case you were wondering why Tennessee’s comeback Saturday night was so emotional, this explains it:

SPOKANE — They are her last recruits, the last players legendary coach Pat Summitt looked in the eye and told, “You’re the future of Tennessee.” But before point guard Ariel Massengale, forward Cierra Burdick, and center Isabelle Harrison started their freshmen seasons in 2011, Summitt announced she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

Immediately the players’ thoughts shifted to playing for Summitt. As freshmen they vowed to win their original coach another championship. Four years later, they’re faced with the last opportunity to do so.

More Tournament news:

The goal of the Final Four is within reach for the Lady Vols.

Dayton reminds UConn coach Geno Auriemma of earlier Husky teams on the rise.

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw appreciates her team’s run more than ever.


These are the seniors the WNBA has their eyes on.