""It wasn't a team.It was a tent revival."" So says Pat Summitt, the legendary coach whose Tennessee Lady Vols entered the 1997-98 season aiming for an almost unprecedented ""three-peat"" of NCAA championships.Raise the Rooftakes you right inside the locker room of her amazing team, whose inspired mixture of gifted freshmen and seasoned stars produced a standard of play that would change the game of women's basketball forever. The 1997-98 season started innocently enough.One Saturday in August, four young freshmen--Semeka Randall, Tamika Catchings, Ace Clement and Teresa Geter--arrived on the Tennessee campus to begin their college careers.Welcoming them were a number of players from the previous year, including Chamique Holdsclaw and Kellie Jolly.But that night, in a sign of things to come, a simple pickup game turned into an amazing display of basketball brilliance--freshmen against established players, and with barely a shot missed by either side.Suddenly Pat Summitt glimpsed the future: fast, aggressive and hugely talented.This might be the team she'd worked her whole career to coach.
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Three Rivers Press
February 08, 2012
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