After a disheartening defeat, Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt is in disarray, and the coaching staff is being questioned.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It happens to every Lady Volunteers basketball player who has gone into coaching. She’ll be railing about a lazy pass in practice. Glaring at a player who failed to box out an opponent. Lecturing how leadership is about being respected, not liked.

Then it hits her. She has grown up to be just like her coach at Tennessee, Pat Summitt.

“That happens quite often, and it’s quite scary,” said Carla McGhee, who is on the coaching staff at South Carolina. “As a player, I couldn’t see why Pat would get so upset about a lack of effort, why she would say it was disrespecting the game. Now when I see a lack of effort, something about it just grates my nerves, and before I know it, I blow my top, and then, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’m Pat.’ ”

Mimicking her is one thing. Matching her success will be a tall order. In 35 seasons at Tennessee, Summitt’s winning percentage is .844. She has guided her current team, which starts four freshmen and has one upperclassman, to a 15-3 record and No. 10 ranking in the Associated Press poll.

The Lady Volunteers, the two-time defending N.C.A.A. champions, will play Sunday at unbeaten and sixth-ranked Auburn, intent on securing career victory No. 999 for Summitt. No coach, man or woman, is within 30 victories of her total.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On this day, 15 years ago, legendary Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt reached 1,000 wins. She was the first D1 basketball coach to ever accomplish this.

The milestone was reached after the Lady Vols beat the Georgia Bulldogs at Thompson-Boling Arena on Feb. 5, 2009.

During Summit’s time at the University of Tennessee, she won eight NCAA championships and never had a single losing season.

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