You wouldn't find many folks picking Tennessee to repeat as national champions -- after all,
The Lady Vols will have a lot to think about in the long offseason. Perhaps the new crew, who have yet to show they understand the work it takes to win a title, thought things would be just as easy as it had been for those past teams that flew through the first rounds. The Tennessee rookies might have taken their first trip to the tournament lightly. Ball State sure didn't. The Cardinals, in the NCAA tournament for the first time, showed the desire and poise that Summitt expects from her own teams. Whether this group reaches that level or not, remains to be seen. The Lady Vols certainly have a longer offseason than ever to get there.