September 14, 2011 in Sports

Always in Tennessee


When the Seattle Storm open defense of their WNBA title on Thursday night, center Ashley Robinson will be playing for more than just herself, her teammates and the team’s vociferous fans. She’ll also be playing for Pat Summitt, the heralded women’s basketball coach at national power Tennessee who helped make it possible for Robinson, pictured right, to have a life as a professional player – and who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Summitt will be in Robinson’s mind and heart as the Storm take the court against the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. “You always want to play for Pat,” Robinson said of Summitt. “Every time you step on the court, you’re always playing for Tennessee.” – Associated Press

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