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Lady Techsters instill pride in campus again

This item originally appeared in the April 1, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

The remarkable statistics, unbelievable records and living legends of Lady Techster basketball define the prestige and winning tradition of one of the most prolific, elite programs in NCAA women's basketball history.

The Lady Techsters have compiled incredible marks, such as an 853-138 overall program record, 217 consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 Poll, 20 27-plus win seasons, 18 30-plus win seasons, 16 Kodak All-Americans, 13 conference players of the year, 15 players in the WNBA, 15 regular season conference titles, 14 conference tournament titles, eight national title appearances and three national championships.

The numbers themselves classify Tech's women's program in a league of its own, but alumni and fans don't love the numbers as much as the players themselves.

The Lady Techsters, in their 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, are fresh off of a fierce Sweet 16 battle with the Duke Blue Devils, the No. 1 team in the nation.

Tech fell 63-49 to the Blue Devils and was dismissed from the tournament in the Sweet 16 for the second-straight year. Last year, in-state foe LSU eliminated the Lady Techsters.

In the 2002 tournament, UC-Santa Barbara upset Tech 57-56 in the first round. The Techsters haven't been to the Final Four since 1999.

But in all fairness, Tech has had difficult draws and brutal roads to the Final Four by having to play No. 1 seeds back-to-back years, thanks to the NCAA Selection Committee.

The Lady Techsters have played their hearts out battling these top-seeded teams, only coming up a few points short. The Blue Devils knew they had been in a war, and the Lady Techsters left everything they had on the hardwood Sunday.

However, despite the loss, Tech fans will always support and cherish the Lady Techsters and the national respect surrounding this glorious program.

Tech will continue the winning tradition for years to come, and die-hard fans will continue applauding and encouraging Lady Techsters to keep fighting and live the dream of being a part of an elite program.

Fans around the Tech community love the players more than the unbelievable numbers, records and statistics surrounding this storied program.

We will always cherish the memories gathered from unforgettable thrillers and heartbreakers on the court performed by the genuinely sincere hearts and warm smiles of these spectacular athletes now part of the Tech family.

Thank you, Lady Techsters, for all of your hard work, dedication and commitment to winning basketball games and giving our Tech community an undeniable pride for your success.

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