Tennessee Lady Vols Trounce Stanford To Win NCAA Title

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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.

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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.

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Summitt and Tennessee Roll To Another Title [New York Times]

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@AGreenEyeDevil: Me too. I love Kay so much. She's an incredible coach and person. I actually got the pleasure of interacting with her fairly regularly when I worked in the athletic department during college. She's just as cool off the court as she is on.

@dreamweave: I'm hoping Sidney gets his chance too. I think he will because he's pretty beloved by the university community both because of his coaching ability (beating UNC and taking us to the ACC tournament finals his first year earned him a lot of points) and his legacy as a member of the '83 championship team. And while he's a little flashy, he doesn't have the same air of arrogance that got Chuck Amato in trouble with the football team.