Knoxville, TN – Notre Dame, Baylor, Texas and Stanford headline a stout non-conference Tennessee women’s basketball schedule that was released on Monday by fifth-year Lady Vol Head Coach Holly Warlick (108-34, .761).
Tip times and television network assignments will be available at a later date when that information is approved for release.
UT, which returns four starters from a team that finished 22-14 and rallied for the program’s fourth NCAA Elite Eight appearance in five seasons, is ranked No. 11 in Charlie Creme’s ESPN.com “Way-Too-Early Preseason top 25”. The Lady Vols welcome back their top scorer in redshirt junior guard Diamond DeShields (14.3 ppg.) and top rebounder in redshirt junior center Mercedes Russell (8.3 rpg.).
#7 Seed Tennessee Lady Vols (21-13) vs. #3 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7)
Friday, March 25th, 2016 | 8:30pm CT/9:30pm ET
Knoxville, TN – The No. 7 seed Lady Vols (21-13) will take on No. 3 seed Ohio State (26-7) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday at 8:30pm CT/ 9:30pm ET on ESPN2.
The winner will advance to Sunday’s Sioux Falls Regional final and will play the winner of the other semifinal game featuring No. 1 seed and #3/2-ranked South Carolina (33-1) vs. No. 4 seed and #14/15-ranked Syracuse (27-7).
Tennessee advanced to the semifinal round on Sunday night by upsetting No. 2 seed and #11/11 Arizona State, 75-64, in the second round on the Sun Devils’ home court in Tempe. UT had beaten No. 10 seed Green Bay in the first round last Friday, 59-53.
#7 Tennessee Lady Vols (19-13) vs. #10 Green Bay Phoenix (28-4)
Friday, March 18th, 2016 | 5:10pm ET/4:10pm CT
Knoxville, TN – The No. 7 seed Lady Vols (19-13) will make their 35th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as they play No. 10 Green Bay (28-4) in the first round in Tempe, Arizona on Friday at 2:00pm PT/ 5:00pm ET / 4:00pm CT on ESPN2. The game is at Wells Fargo Arena on the Arizona State University campus.
Tennessee (19-13, 8-8 SEC) has been awarded a No. 7 seed in the Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Regional of the 64-team 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.
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The Lady Vols are seeded No. 7 in the Sioux Falls Regional and will play No. 10 seed Green Bay in the first round at 2:00pm PT (5:00pm ET/4:00pm CT) on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, AZ.
The game will be televised by ESPN2 and also carried on the Lady Vol Radio Network.
The Lady Vols (19-13) and Phoenix (28-4) will meet for the second time. The programs previously met on November 26th, 1996, with #5/5 UT winning, 71-36, in Knoxville.
#24/RV Tennessee (16-10/7-6 SEC) vs. LSU (8-18/2-11 SEC)
Sunday, February 21st, 2016 | 1:01pm CT/2:01pm ET
Knoxville, TN – The #24/RV Lady Vols (16-10, 7-6 SEC) will look to move up in the tightly contested SEC standings as they head to Baton Rouge for the penultimate road game of the season against LSU (8-18, 2-11 SEC). Tipoff is slated for 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET at Pete Maravich Assembly Center and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU and available online at WatchESPN.
Sunday will be LSU’s home “Play 4Kay” game, coming on the heels of UT’s “Live Pink, Bleed Orange” game. Play 4Kay events are held in honor of late NC State coach Kay Yow, who lost a long and hard-fought battle with breast cancer on January 24th, 2009.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund has raised more than $5 million for research.
#25/RV Tennessee (15-9/6-5 SEC) vs. #2/2 South Carolina (23-1/11-0 SEC)
Monday, February 15th, 2016 | 7:01pm ET/6:01pm CT
Knoxville, TN – The #25/RV Lady Vols (15-9, 6-5 SEC) will try to extend a four-game home winning streak and hand South Carolina (23-1, 11-0 SEC) its first SEC loss of the season on “Big Monday”. Tipoff is slated for 7:00pm ET/6:00pm CT at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Under Holly Warlick, Tennessee is 60-8 at home, 31-16 in road games and 10-5 at neutral sites for a total of 101-29. The Big Orange women are 566-55 (.911) in all home games, beginning with the 1974-75 season. Tennessee is 413-31 (.930) all-time in Thompson-Boling Arena (1987-88 to present).
#12/11 Tennessee (10-3, 1-0 SEC) vs. #RV/RV Florida (12-2, 0-1 SEC)
Thursday, January 7th, 2016 | 7:31pm ET (6:31pm CT)
Knoxville, TN – The #12/11 Lady Vols (10-3, 1-0 SEC) will open up the home portion of their conference schedule against RV/RV Florida (12-2, 0-1 SEC) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday. Tipoff is slated for 7:31pm ET (6:31pm ET), and the game will be part of the SEC Network’s whip-around coverage. The contest will be available in its entirety on SECN+ and WatchESPN online.
Tennessee, which fell as low as No. 16 in each of the polls, has won three in a row to work its way back to 12th in the AP Poll and 11th in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll this week.
#13/16 Tennessee (8-3) vs. Stetson (8-4)
Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 | 7:01pm ET (6:01pm CT)
Knoxville, TN – The #13/16 Lady Vols (8-3) return home for a game against Stetson (8-4) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday before beginning SEC play next week. Tipoff is slated for 7:00pm, and the game will be broadcast online on SEC Network + and WatchESPN.
UT has been off since carding a huge 53-50 road victory vs. #7/7 Oregon State on December 19th. That’s a full 10 days between contests. The Lady Vols returned from winter break on December 26th for shooting practice and a strength workout, and they resumed full practice on December 27th.
Tennessee (6-5) vs. Tennessee State (9-3)
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 | 1:01pm ET (12:01pm CT)
Knoxville, TN – The 2015 calendar shuts for Tennessee basketball when it takes on Tennessee State on Tuesday at Thompson-Boling Arena in the final pre-conference contest for both programs. The Volunteers and Tigers tip off at 1:00pm ET (12:00pm CT) on the SEC Network.
The Vols (6-5) are facing its second in-state foe in as many games, coming off a 76-67 win over ETSU last week. A battle throughout, Tennessee trailed the Buccaneers by four with less than five minutes to play. What followed was a 15-2 Tennessee run — including a 9-0 spurt over the final two minutes — to seal the victory and keep the Vols a perfect 6-0 at home this season.
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Corvallis, OR – #14 Tennessee rebounded from a loss at #15 Stanford just three days earlier with a 53-50 win at #7 Oregon State. The Lady Vols (8-3) ended the Beavers’ perfect start to the season as they fell to 8-1 overall.
Diamond DeShields scored a team-high 14 points, including two clutch free throws, her first of the night, with 31.4 seconds remaining — after missing her first six attempts — to seal the win. She also grabbed nine rebounds.
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