Summitt goes after No. 800

Jan. 14, 2003 at 2:57 PM
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Pat Summitt of Tennessee Tuesday night tries to eclipse the 800-win mark when the Lady Vols host DePaul.

Summitt is the all-time winningest women's college basketball coach. She would become the sixth college coach to win 800 games in a career, the third in Division I, and the first woman.

Dean Smith of North Carolina is the all-time leader in college basketball with 879 wins and Kentucky's Adolph Rupp is second with 876.

"It's hard for me to put myself in the league with a Dean Smith or an Adolph Rupp," Summitt told The Tennessean. "I can't. I just don't put myself in that company."

Summitt, 50, has led Tennessee to six national championships. She has a career record of 799-161, and is just two wins ahead of Texas women's coach Jody Conradt (797-262).

Summitt has coached 99 fewer games.

Both started the season with 788 wins, but Summitt is ahead in the race for 800 with an 11-3 record while Conradt is 9-4.

When Summitt won her first game in 1974 for Tennessee, a 69-32 victory over Middle Tennessee State, just 53 people were in attendance at Alumni Gym. A crowd of about 13,000 is expected for Tuesday's game at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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