Several teams arrived in Des Moines Thursday night for the Women's NCAA Tournament, including Tennessee and head coach Pat Summitt. They’re favored to be in the championship game. The players are getting settled and getting used to talking to the media.
Channel 13’s Zach Borg spoke with a few of them about Summitt's announcement earlier this year that she has early onset dementia.
“To see her going through what she’s going through, it’s very difficult,” said Taber Spani, a Tennessee forward. “I think the way she has been really courageous and taken this challenge head on, it’s inspired a lot of us.”
“It’s definitely been a challenge,” said Dean Lockwood, Tennessee Assistant Coach. “But the players have adjusted very, very well and it’s taken some time. The coaches have rallied around Pat as we always have. So it’s been a year of challenges as well as change.
Many players are making their first visit to Iowa. And the reviews are mixed.
“There’s not really much going on around here,” said Briana Bass, Tennessee guard. “We went out to get something to eat around 7 or 8:00 last night and there’s not really anyone out, so it’s kinda like a ghost town.”
“I’m a country girl at heart,” said Ashley Field, a Baylor forward. “I can always find anything to do.”
“I think it was a little shock to some of my teammates, and they’ve been kind dogging it… but you can’t dog the Midwest, you gotta love it,” said Spani.