A Cinderella Season: The Lady Vols Fight Back

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Dir. Jon Alpert, Maryann DeLeo / 1998 / 78 min

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A basketball dynasty. A dominating star player. A grueling regular season. A championship year. The Chicago Bulls? No, it's the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, gunning for their second consecutive NCAA women's basketball crown, and their fifth in a decade when this documentary debuted in March 1998 on HBO.

A Cinderella Season: The Lady Vols Fights Back marks the first time a women's collegiate championship basketball team has been filmed over the course of an entire season. Jon Alpert and Maryann DeLeo were allowed unprecedented access to the team's players, coaches, families and friends, compiling eight months' worth of footage on court, on campus, and on the road during the arduous 39-game, 4-1/2 month-long season.

The architect of the Tennessee dynasty is head coach Pat Summitt, considered one of the finest basketball minds, male or female, of all time. In her 23 seasons with the Lady Vols, Summitt has won five NCAA titles (second only to John Wooden's ten), compiling a 625-143 record. Adding international teams (in 1984 she helmed the first U.S. women's basketball team to win Olympic gold), Summitt boasts a 688-147 record.

A key player in the Lady Vols' title run is All-American forward Chamique Holdsclaw, the 1997 USA Basketball Player of the Year. Sophomore sensation Holdsclaw and her teammates cope with the demands of being a student athlete, fighting a regular-season lethargy (10 losses) before regrouping in time to win their second consecutive championship on March 30, 1997, by defeating Old Dominion, 68-59.

1998 CINE Golden Eagle Award
1999 National Sports Emmy Awards; Outstanding Edited Sports Special

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