Coming off of three straight wins against Big 12 opponents, two of which were away from home, the Tennessee Lady Vols finally get what should seemingly be a breather. Of course, nothing has been relaxing for this team.
Ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll and No. 10 in the Coaches Poll with a 6-0 record, UT welcomes the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles to Rocky Top. This is the first game for Kellie Harper’s program since its opener that’s not on the road or against a Top 25 or Power Five foe.
Led by sixth-year head coach Kim Rosamond, TTU comes in at 2-4 and on a four-game losing streak. Three of those losses were on the road, and two were either to top 25 or Power Five teams. All were by double digits. Here’s what you need to know about the Tennessee Lady Vols’ in-state matchup.
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Tennessee Lady Volunteers
When: Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Thompson-Boling Arena; Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network+
Live stream: WatchESPN
With Rae Burrell still out due to injury, the Lady Vols have been chugging along. The got their largest margin of victory all season last Saturday against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, winning 80-55 in Las Vegas as part of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout. One day before, at the same event, they beat an undefeated Kansas Jayhawks team.
Those two wins came on the heels of an overtime win agains the Texas Longhorns the previous Sunday, which followed a win over the South Florida Bulls. USF and Texas are both top 25 teams, and the Lady Vols remain the only team so far to have beaten either of them along with Kansas and the UCF Knights, whom they beat on the road the second game of the season.
Outside of that Oklahoma State win, all of UT’s wins have been by 10 points or less, including in their opener against the Southern Illinois Salukis. However, they were without Jordan Horston against SIU, Burrell went down in that game, and they were less than two weeks removed from realizing that returning starter Marta Suárez would be lost for the season due to injury.
On the other side, Tennessee Tech is coming off four straight winning seasons under Rosamond. However, they have lost Jordan Brock, last year’s leading scorer, to injury, and the struggles resulting from that have shown. Still, they did start 2-0, so once they finish this gauntlet, which includes the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers after UT, they could right the ship.
That matchup with TTU and WKU will be hosted by WKU and take place next Sunday. Meanwhile, after this game, the Tennessee Lady Vols will visit the Virginia Tech Hokies next Sunday as well. Entering today with a 6-1 record, that could be another tough outing for Rocky Top.