The prior year, she had been inducted into the inaugural class at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. • Summitt was also respected in her sport for insisting that education was her players’ first priority. Between 19, every player on the Lady Vols got a chance to play in at least one Final Four thanks to Pat.In a statement released this morning, President Obama noted that Summitt had “a 100 percent graduation rate among her players who completed their athletic eligibility.” But Summitt was more than the sum of her achievements — she was legendarily committed to basketball, to women, and to women’s basketball specifically.
She became the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, male or female.She had it because she lived in Atlanta, and her stepfather told her that she needed to protect herself. She had just gone into a rage and smashed the windows of her ex-girlfriend’s car with a baseball bat. She considered lifting it and pressing the muzzle against her temple.She liked to go to shooting ranges with her friends — it was a sport, a thing to do, a way to blow off steam. “The only thing I could think about was putting it to my head,” she said.It’s often that a team will say that, it’s certainly often that an agent will say that. “This dates back to my childhood, when I was a kid and having early bouts of depression.” During her time at Tennessee, Summitt referred Holdsclaw to a team psychologist and for additional help off-campus. In 2006, she was rushed to the hospital for a suicide attempt – which she kept from her teammates until she revealed it in a 2012 autobiography.It’s fairly remarkable and indeed it’s probably the only time I remember where a president of a league would say something about a rookie who hadn’t yet played a game.” There were endorsements, the cover of Slam Magazine. But, at least outwardly, that was the only sign of trouble. Holdsclaw was averaging between 17-20 points per game for the first seven years of her career. She returned to the court and played through the start of the 2007 season, when she retired for the first time in the middle of the season from the Los Angeles Sparks.