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Lady Vols back at practice after break

Melissa McCray-Dukes

The Lady Vols returned to practice Monday evening – all 13 made it back despite snarled air travel in parts of the country – and had a typical first session after a holiday break as it took awhile to get in gear. The coaches took the court with heavy hearts, and Pat Summitt pointed to the 1987 and 1989 national title banners in remembrance of Melissa McCray-Dukes, who passed away Monday morning.

Melissa McCray Dukes, who played for Tennessee from 1985 to 1989, was the starting guard on two national title teams in 1987 and 1989. One of her teammates, Shelley Sexton Collier, came to practice Monday evening with her young daughters to see Pat Summitt and Daedra Charles-Furlow, offer support and seek consolation. "It's been an emotional day because of who Melissa was," said Collier, who...

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