KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey phoned Tennessee’s Pat Summitt recently to check on the Hall of Fame coach and to ask if it was still OK for her Lady Bears to try and beat the Lady Vols.
Summitt — who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia — laughed and told Mulkey she and Baylor had better try.
When the top-ranked Lady Bears (5-0) visit Knoxville on Sunday they’ll be looking for a third consecutive victory against No. 6 Tennessee (2-1).
Few teams have managed three wins in a row against Tennessee during Summitt’s 37 seasons at the helm, and Mulkey knows doing so would mean a lot for her program as it aims this season for its second national title.