Coming off their first loss of the season, the Tennessee Lady Vols will host the Colorado State Rams. Here is our women’s basketball Volunteers preview.
Kellie Harper suffered her first loss as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols on Sunday, falling at home to the Texas Longhorns, who are unranked. Now, at 7-1, they close out their six-game home stand with a game against a team from the Mountain West Conference.
The Colorado State Rams, who are 5-5, will be traveling to Rocky Top Wednesday night in what will be the first matchup ever between these two programs. UT heads into this game having dropped six spots in the AP Poll to No. 23 and five spots in the Coaches’ Poll to No. 24.
After this, Harper’s team will head to the West Coast for two road games against the Stanford Cardinal and the Portland State Vikings. Here is all the information you need to know about the Tennessee Lady Vols’ Wednesday matchup.
Colorado State Rams at No. 23 Tennessee Lady Volunteers
When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena; Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network Plus
Live stream: WatchESPN
Under eighth-year head coach Ryun Williams, the Rams have lost two straight Mountain West games to fall to 5-5. They return three starters from a team that suffered through a rough 8-22 season last year, but one of those returning starters, leading scorer Lore Devos from last year, has only played one game due to injury.
One thing that has helped this team, though, has been the return of Andrea Brady, who missed all of last season due to injury. If she and Devos can get back on the court together, this team could make incredible strides.
On the other side, the Tennessee Lady Vols need to get back on track. It wasn’t a good look to lose 66-60 to Texas, and now their win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish doesn’t look as impressive since that team has fallen to 5-6. As a result, UT needs to make a statement Wednesday.
After that, they will be off for a week before facing Stanford, and they will face Portland State three days later. So that will be a chance for them to prove something, but before preparing for that road trip, they have to make sure they’re ready for Colorado State.