Davis's efforts helped Marciniak finish her career with the title she has long dreamed of. Growing up, she didn't pretend to be Larry Bird or Michael Jordan when she played hoops in her driveway in Macungie, Pa. She pretended to be herself, winning a national title for her college team. "Ever since I was a little girl I had a dream of cutting down the nets, being out on the floor with a national championship team," she says. "I can't believe it's come true."
Four years ago, when Marciniak decided she wanted to transfer to Tennessee from Notre Dame, Summitt asked her why. "Because I want to play for someone I think is the best coach in the country, and I want to have an opportunity to win a national championship," she replied.
The move proved to be a net gain for Marciniak, in more ways than one.