Lady Vol Hoops releases schedule outside of conference

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The University of Tennessee released the non-conference portion of its 2022-23 women’s basketball schedule on Thursday. The table offers a number of challenges for a talented roster with high expectations heading into the upcoming campaign.

Fourteen of the 17 teams that will play the Lady Vols or could potentially score in Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis saw postseason action a year ago. Eight of those teams join Tennessee in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25.

In addition to an exhibition game, there are eight non-conference home competitions, including three in November, four in December and one in January. Tickets are available here.

All four of last season’s NCAA Final Four rosters are in the mix for Tennessee, which ranks #4 in the ESPN Top 25 poll. National runner-up UConn, ranked #2 by ESPN, is nominated for a clash of the two most successful programs in women’s basket history on January 26 at the Thompson-Boling Arena. At the start of the season, UT will travel to California to face off against 2021 NCAA champion and 2022 Final Four semifinalist No. 3 Stanford on December 18 at the Maples Pavilion. ABC will broadcast this game nationally.

The date has not yet been announced, but the SEC previously announced that the NCAA titlist and No. 1 South Carolina team will travel to Knoxville this season. The other Final Four team is Louisville. The No. 7 Cardinal, who defeated UT at the 2022 NCAA Sweet 16 in Wichita, is among the teams Big Orange could face in the Atlantis tournament. The schedule for this event on Paradise Island, Bahamas has not yet been announced.

Kelly Harpers begins her fourth season at the helm of the Lady Vols with an exhibition game on Oct. 30 against Carson-Newman, followed by a challenging season opener on the road at defending Big Ten champions and preseason No. 15 Ohio State on Nov. 8. Tennessee will return to Rocky Top, making it three straight 2022 NCAA Tournament entrants at the start of the campaign, with UMass and No. 12 Indiana have a ticket to attend The Summitt to complete this run on November 10th and 14th respectively.

Next up is the Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis, and potential opponents include #5 Texas, #7 Louisville, and #23 South Dakota State, as well as Gonzaga, Marquette, Rutgers, and UCLA. The Lady Vols will face three of those opponents from November 19-21, with six of those seven having 2022 post-season experience.

A Nov. 27 contest against Eastern Kentucky starts a five-of-six run at home. The Jimmy V. Women’s Classic vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech is scheduled for Dec. 4, followed by 2021 NCAA qualifier Wright State and 2022 NCAA competitor UCF on Dec. 11 and 14, respectively, before the trek to Stanford concludes the travel plan for the first semester.

Wofford closes out the pre-conference roster on Dec. 27 right after the holiday break, and the UConn match-up completes the list of non-league regular-season foes during the tangles of the SEC schedule on the last Thursday of January.

Dates from SEC competitions as well as betting times and broadcast designations for all games will be announced later.

The Lady Vols are bringing back 10 players, including four starters, from a roster that started 18-1 and finished 25-9 on aggregate and 11-5 in the SEC (3rd) while despite suffering season-ending injuries in Promoted three key positions in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen contributors.

Leading the way are All-SEC/All-America Honorable Mention Guard Jordan Horston and All-SEC/All-Defensive Team center Tamari Key. Other regular contributors include returning starters in point guard Jordan Walker and wing Tess Darby, as well as two others with starting experience on the 2022 SEC All-Freshman wing Sara Puckett and 2021 SEC All-Freshman forward Marta Suárez.

The Lady Vols also bring on board four gifted transfers and a five-star freshman, including starters and former All-League players in forward Rickea Jackson (Mississippi State), power forward Jasmine Franklin (Missouri State) and point guard Jasmine Powell ( Minnesota). as well as a pair of McDonald’s All-American sophomores, transfer forward Jillian Hollingshead (Georgia) and real freshman wing Justine Pissott.

 

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