In search of their first quality win this season, the Tennessee Lady Vols are now in Paradise Island for the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, which the men’s team will be competing in next week. The eight-team event begins Saturday and will last through Monday, Nov. 21.
UT, ranked No. 11 in the AP Poll and No. 12 in the Coaches Poll, will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Kellie Harper’s team comes into this game on the heels of a 79-67 loss at home to the Indiana Hoosiers this past Monday.
Rutgers, led by first-year head coach Coquese Washington, who replaced longtime coach Vivian Stringer, is coming off a 66-45 win over the North Carolina Central Eagles. Here is all the information you need for the Tennessee Lady Vols’ first game of the tourney.
- Live stream: FloHoops
- Radio: Lady Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); Rutgers Radio (Click here for affiliates)
- Listen online: UTSports
Washington came to Rutgers three years after her last head coaching job. She led the Penn State Nittany Lions from 2007 to 2019, reaching four straight NCAA Tournaments from 2011 to 2014 and winning three straight Big Ten regular season championships from 2012 to 2014.
However, she failed to make the NCAA Tournament her last five years there, and they parted ways in 2019. She then spent one year as an assistant with the Oklahoma Sooners and two as an assistant with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Now with Rutgers, she inherits a team that lost every starter from last year’s team, which went 11-20. Only one semi-rotational player is back. Awa Sidibe played over 13 minutes a game last year and is now the team’s leading scorer.
Erica Lafayette and Chyna Cornwell are the only other returning players, and neither played more than seven minutes a game last year. The rest of the team is made up of newcomers, but only two are freshmen: Kaylene Smikle and Antonia Bates. Neither is a starter.
The rest are transfers. Kassondra Brown from the Saint Peter’s Peacocks is the second leading scorer. Kai Carter from the UNC Asheville Bulldogs leads the team in assists. Abby Streeter from the Hartford Hawks is a starter.
That’s as deep as this team has gone this year. On the other side, UT played Monday’s game without Jordan Horston but should have her back for this matchup. Losses at the Ohio State Buckeyes and then to Indiana have derailed the excitement behind a top five preseason ranking.
This tournament could get them back on track. In addition to the Tennessee Lady Vols and Rutgers, the games Saturday include the UCLA Bruins against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, the Texas Longhorns against the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Louisville Cardinals against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
The winner of this game will take on the winner between UCLA and South Dakota State at Noon Sunday, and the loser of those two games will face off at 5 p.m. ET Sunday. Noon ET Monday is the designated time for the championship game.