Pat Summitt didn't bother to brush from her hair the glittering specks left behind by the confetti shower. Her voice wavered as she thanked players, coaches, administrators and fans for their support over the decades she has spent at Tennessee.
The coach known for her searing glare could only smile. She had reached 1,000 victories, an unprecedented height even she finds dizzying.
"Wow," she said. "This may be a little hard for me."
Summitt became the first Division I basketball coach - men's or women's - to win 1,000 career games as her 12th-ranked Lady Vols (17-5, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) won, 73-43, over visiting Georgia (15-8, 5-3) last night.
And she's got a new contract to go along with it.
"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 said.
School officials gave her a bracelet, necklace and painting to commemorate this historic win. They also announced Summitt, 56, had signed a contract extension through 2014 earlier this week and earned a $200,000 bonus with this win.
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Dionte Christmas, the conference's top scorer, had only 12 points for the Owls (12-9, 4-3).
No. 11 Butler 66, Detroit 61: : Gordon Hayward scored 22 points for the visiting Bulldogs (20-2, 11-1).
Wisconsin 63, No. 23 Illinois 50: : Jason Bohannon hit 6 of 7 three-pointers, helping the host Badgers (13-9, 4-6 Big Ten) end a six-game losing streak. The Illini (18-5, 6-4) have lost two of their past three.
No. 25 Utah State 78, New Mexico State 59: : Gary Wilkinson had a perfect shooting night and scored 18 points as the host Aggies (22-1, 10-0 Western Athletic Conference) won their 17th straight, the nation's longest winning streak.
Florida State 62, Georgia Tech 58: : Toney Douglas had eight of his 21 points in the final 5:09 as the host Seminoles (17-5, 4-3) beat the Yellow Jackets (10-11, 1-7).
Long Island 76, Mount St. Mary's 70: : Julian Boyd had 18 points to lead five Blackbirds in double figures. Kyle Johnson added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Long Island (11-11, 7-4 Northeast).
Sam Atupem had 14 points for the visiting Mountaineers (13-10, 8-4).
St. Augustine's 75, Bowie State 66: : Duke Crews scored a game-high 18 points and had a career-high 21 rebounds in a losing effort for the visiting Bulldogs (11-10, 8-6 Central Intercollegiate Athletic).
Towson 61, Georgia State 54: : The visiting Tigers (13-7, 3-7 Colonial Athletic) - led by Katrina Wheeler and Shanae Baker-Brice with 17 points each - held off a late rally by the Panthers (11-10, 3-7) and then went on a 17-2 run of their own to seal the win.
Bowie State 61, St. Augustine's 45: : The visiting Bulldogs (12-9, 11-3 Central Intercollegiate Athletic) won their fourth straight. Teaunsha Robinson paced Bowie with 20 points.
Johns Hopkins 66, Franklin & Marshall 64: : With the score tied at 64 with seven seconds left, Kristin Phillips went two-for-two from the foul line to lift the visiting Blue Jays (10-10, 8-5 Centennial) over the Diplomats (11-9, 8-5). Phillips finished with a game-high 27 points.
Washington College 63, Ursinus 54: : Brianne Slizofski scored a game-high 19 points to give the host Shorewomen (10-9, 5-8 Centennial) their first sweep of the Bears (4-15, 3-10) since the 1999-2000 season.