This story will never get old: DeMoss, Wildcats DeFeat Tennessee. The headline was top of the fold banner in the form of those words in Fridays edition of the Winchester Sun. The straight to the point headline came to me as I was making the trek from Richmond to Winchester Friday morning. No question about it.
The womens program at Kentucky is starting to make a name for itself. Beating a team like Tennessee only validates the fact that Mickie DeMoss is the right coach at the right time for Kentucky. As for beating Tennessee, the players will never forget the feat. Five, 10 and 20 years from today, the players will rehash it, over, over and over again. By now, its just starting to sink it that they beat a top-ranked team for the first time in school history. Thats what making history is all about. Im sure DeMoss is still scratching her head. Beating the Lady Vols is one thing, but beating her former boss, Pat Summitt, is another. DeMoss said the accomplishment was surreal.
The win over Tennessee was bigger than earlier season road wins at Florida and Ole Miss combined. A couple of hours after DeWin, the players watched Sportscenter, just to make sure the events that unfolded that night really happened. Although the players had first-hand knowledge of the news that appeared to be in the form of a dream, they wanted to see it reported for factual purposes and to make sure nobody missed the big story. To understand the significance of the teams 15th win this season, one has to realize that the womens program has never been down this road before. Theyve traveled Disappointment Avenue numerous times, but never this one.
This is a whole new experience. Excuse DeMoss and her squad if they have to stop and ask for directions the rest of the way. By the time its all said and done, Kentucky may find its way into the Top 25 when the rankings come out Monday. If that happens, thats just one of the rewards that come by beating a top-ranked team such as the caliber of Tennessee. Its the middle of the basketball season here in the Bluegrass, and these players are starting to get the same respect usually reserved for the mens team, which consistently finds itself the center of attention around these parts of the country. Theres plenty of room on the road of success. Theres nothing wrong with sharing it with the mens team.