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An Iowa Salute to Pat Summitt

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The world has lost a legendary coach, someone who forever changed women's basketball. Pat Summitt passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 64 from Alzheimer's Disease.

She is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history with 1,098 total wins. She easily transformed the game, influencing women on and off the basketball court.

UNI Women's Head Basketball Coach Tanya Warren says she's hurting today.

"Our game would not be where it is today if she had not done what she did back then," she says.

It's obvious to see Pat's influence on women basketball players but it's also personal for Coach Warren. Last year, Warren coached with Holly Warlick, Pat's longtime assistant coach.

Warren says, "I felt like I got to know Pat through Holly and if you know anything about Holly, she is an extension of Pat. Just an amazing person."

An amazing person on and off the court. Warren says Pat Summitt will forever be known as the epitome of a coach.

"It goes beyond the basketball floor. Her emphasis was to win... but it was more than winning basketball, it was winning in life."

University of Iowa Women's Basketball Head Coach Lisa Bluder also remembering Summit saying, "I have a heavy heart this  morning, hearing about the loss of one of the greatest women's basketball coaching legends ever. When I began coaching in the 1980's, I listened to Pat at my first clinic and I KNEW that I wanted to be a coach. She inspired me, and gave us all an example of what it takes to chase excellence. Thanks Pat for showing us the way."

KWWL also reached out to Iowa State Women's Basketball Head Coach Bill Fennelly who said, "Pat demanded excellence and that motivated all of us to be better and hopefully make the sport better."

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