Chamique Holdsclaw Three-Time National Champion and Sixth Women’s Basketball National Championship
Star forward Chamique Holdsclaw led the Lady Vols basketball team to a third-straight national championship in 1998 under head coach Pat Summitt. It was an undefeated season for the Lady Vols at 39-0. They defeated Louisiana Tech 93-75 to win the title. Holdsclaw and her teammates Semeka Randall and Tamika Catchings were nicknamed the “Three Meeks.” Holdsclaw was selected as the Naismith Player of the Century for the 1990s while she played at UT, as well as a four-time All-American. She finished her UT career with 3,025 points and 1,295 rebounds, making her at that time the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in Tennessee men’s or women’s history, the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in Southeastern Conference women’s history, and the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in NCAA tournament women’s history. Holdsclaw played for four teams in the WNBA, led the league in scoring one season, and retired after the 2009 season. She has become a mental health advocate who encourages others by speaking and writing about living with bipolar disorder.