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Ex-Wawasee star Shanna Zolman played for Pat Summitt at Tennessee from 2002 to 2006.

Zolman says players suspected diagnosis

Former Tennessee and Wawasee star Shanna Zolman said there is a comfort that comes with knowing coach Pat Summitt’s diagnosis.

“We knew for a while that coach’s health was a little bit off. We’ve as a Vols family knew what was going on with her, we just didn’t know what was going to be diagnosed. Knowing what we do know now, with her comments as well, it’s a comforting factor knowing exactly what is wrong,” Zolman said in a phone interview.

“Obviously, it’s not the greatest news you want to hear, but she’s going to have the best support available. Everybody is going to surround her with love and care, give her the best care they can possibly find and just get through this together. It’s not news you want to hear, but it’s also comforting knowing what it is for sure.”

Zolman is a 2002 Wawasee graduate who is the No. 2 all-time scorer in Indiana high school basketball, boys or girls, with 3,085 points. She played at Tennessee from 2002 to 2006. Zolman spent last season with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock but is out this year with a knee injury.

“When you have an icon like coach Summitt, she built that program, she is that program and she basically is women’s basketball to some extent,” Zolman said. “She’s still the head coach. The coaching staff will help her and they’re going to get through this together. The greatest thing is knowing that they do know what’s going on and they can deal with it as they need to.”

Wawasee girls basketball coach Kem Zolman, father of Shanna Zolman, said Summitt has been battling various illnesses.

“She’s an icon, and you feel for her.

“With it being in the early stages, whether that means she won’t be able to coach this year, you don’t know. She’s really had a rough couple years with her health, and I know she’s had various things and problems with some arthritis.”