Thursday night, Summitt became the first Division I coach, men's or women's, to reach 1,000 wins as her Volunteers beat up on Georgia 73-43.
Streamers fell from the rafters, a banner flashed "Congrats Coach" and the players pulled an old Harlem Globetrotters trick when they showered her with confetti from a Gatorade bucket as she was giving a post-game interview.
"It's a hard number to even comprehend," Summitt said. "It's a time to reflect on a number of things, the administration saying yes to women's basketball and giving us an opportunity to play on the biggest stage in the women's game. I appreciate that."Summitt's Volunteers are currently 17-4, perhaps a worse record than what Summitt is used to, but getting the victory on the court bearing her name, instead of on the road against Oklahoma in her first attempt at 1,000, must have been sweet for the coach. Phillip Fulmer, the former Tennessee football coach, and men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl were on hand for the remarkable feat.