Despite suffering a twice dislocated shoulder in last week's game against Texas A&M, last night, Tennessee Lady Vols star forward Candace Parker led her team to a 64-48 victory over Stanford in the NCAA basketball final with 17 points and 9 rebounds. This is the Lady Vols eighth NCAA title, underscoring coach Pat Summitt's history of excellence: Summitt, 55, is the winningest coach in NCAA history, according to the New York Times; she has 982 career wins (more than any other male or female coach), and her 8 NCAA titles puts her up there with the pantheon of great coaches like Bob Knight, Dean Smith and John Wooden. Oh, and Summitt is also a total badass off-court.
The Times recounts the tale of Pat's shoulder, which she dislocated last month while "forearming a raccoon off her deck in Knoxville, after the critter threatened one of her Labrador retrievers." Pat even tried to fix her shoulder on her own before calling a doctor two hours later. "Never saw the raccoon again," Summitt tells the Times. "He's probably thinking: 'That's the craziest woman I've ever met. I'm out of here.' "
Below, some great shots of Candace Parker, Pat Summitt and the other Vols giving Stanford the business. After that whole cheerleader brawl debacle yesterday, it's nice to know that athletically-minded high school girls have women like these to look up to.