KNOXVILLE, TENN. Tennessee expects to play for the national championship and Tamika Catchings plans on being on the court for the Lady Vols.
Tennessee has to recover from the loss of Catchings, its leading scorer and rebounder, to make the title game and Catchings will need a miraculous recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Catchings expects to recover in two months. The usual rehabilitation period is several months.
"I just remember my knee just hurt when I fell down," Catchings said. "I just started thinking about the championship game and wanting to play."
"We still intend to be in St. Louis," coach Pat Summitt said. "A lot of people look at us now as less of a threat nationally."
Catchings and Chamique Holdsclaw are Vols with 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.