Tennessee seniors get last shot at Final Four

BETH RUCKER AP Sports Writer Published:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt says she will worry about her future at another time. At the moment, her only goal is to win a ninth national championship.

Summitt has spent this season adjusting to life with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. The coach said Wednesday she's not thinking about whether she will return after this season ends.

Though Summitt says she doesn't whether this will be her last NCAA tournament, her Lady Volunteers seniors realize this is their final shot. The once-heralded recruiting class has never played in a Final Four -- an accomplishment achieved by every four-year player at Tennessee before them.

Second-seeded Tennessee (24-8) will start its quest for that elusive honor on Saturday in Chicago against 15th-seeded Tennessee-Martin, Summitt's alma mater.