Paula Towns Jones, a starter on Tennessee's 1983-84 Final Four basketball team, has died at age 51.
Known as Paula Towns during her Lady Vols days from 1981-84, she earned All-SEC as a sophomore and joined the 1,000-point club as a senior.
She died at her home in Alabama over the weekend.
"Paula played basketball the way Pat (Summitt) wanted the game to be played," Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said in a UT release. "She was intense and she was extremely coachable and very respectful.
"She just did things right.''
Jones came to UT from Fort Valley, Ga., and was a three-year starter. Her final game was the 1984 NCAA tournament championship game loss to Southern Cal.
She played for Houston in the WPBA after graduation.
"She was raising two boys,'' Warlick said, "and I know she taught them the values she grew up with and also learned at Tennessee.
"She will be greatly missed by everyone, including all of us in the Lady Vol family.''
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Usher's Temple CME Church in Fort Valley.
Funeral services are being handled by C.J. Edwards Funeral Home. Details have not been released.
According to UT, Jones is the third Lady Vol of the modern era to die, following Fonda Bondurant (1994) and Melissa (McCray ) Dukes (2010).