"The plan was that Tauja and I would hook up again in college," says Tamika, who is a year behind her older sister in school but was the more highly recruited of the two. "When she told me she had signed with Illinois, I was hurt. A lot of schools I was interested in had been recruiting her."
Even Tauja's presence at Illinois couldn't bring the Illini into Tamika's range of interest, which was good news for Summitt. With the three Meeks, Ace and the Big Smooth, as Geter is called, the future of Tennessee women's basketball looks as bright as its past. Even if the Lady Vols don't pull off a three-peat, the members of the class of 2001 are good bets to eventually get championship rings of their own. And they can be sure they'll never be consigned to the shadows again.