Banner night for Pat Summitt

Banner night for Pat Summitt

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The coach responsible for eight national championship banners at Thompson-Boling Arena now has her own. The coach responsible for eight national championship banners at Thompson-Boling Arena now has her own.
"She's one of the most inspiring women in my life," said former Lady Vol Candace Parker. "She's one of the most inspiring women in my life," said former Lady Vol Candace Parker.
"We all love her," said former player and 2012 WNBA Finals MVP Tamika Catchings. "We all love her," said former player and 2012 WNBA Finals MVP Tamika Catchings.

By JIM WOGAN
6 Sports Director

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A few years ago, Pat Summitt's name was stamped onto the basketball court at Thompson-Boling Arena.

It was a nice honor for coach who, at the time, was still in her prime.

Summitt's career came to a premature end after she was diagnosed before last season with early on-set dementia.

The University of Tennessee honored Summitt another way Monday night.

The coach responsible for eight national championship banners at Thompson-Boling Arena now has her own.

With her mother Hazel, Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart, and current and former Lady Vols players by her side, Summitt watched as the banner commemorating her 1,098 wins and the eight national titles was lifted into the rafters.

"She's one of the most inspiring women in my life," said former Lady Vol Candace Parker, who had just returned from playing basketball in China. "It's not that she just talks about it, she lives it. And I think we're seeing that more now more than ever."

"We all love her," said former player and 2012 WNBA Finals MVP Tamika Catchings. "To have all these people behind us supporting her, when she walked out on the court at the beginning, everybody stood up and everybody cheered and were excited. And I think for each one of us that's here, it's a blessing to have somebody like that in our life."

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