ROSEMONT, Ill. — Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and second-seeded Tennessee gave coach Pat Summitt a victory over the school where she played, beating 15th-seeded Tennessee-Martin 72-49 Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Glory Johnson added 14 points and 12 rebounds as Tennessee (25-8) pulled away in the second half. The Lady Vols set up a meeting with the DePaul-Brigham Young winner on Monday, hoping for its first Final Four run since winning the championship in 2008.
The Lady Vols vowed to get back there and win a ninth NCAA title for Summitt, who shook the sport with her announcement in August that she has early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Earlier this week, the icon with the most wins in NCAA history said she wasn't sure she would coach beyond the season.