Coming off a heartbreaking loss at home to the Virginia Tech Hokies Sunday, the Tennessee Lady Vols are back for a quick turnaround Tuesday. They will once again tip off at home with a chance to try to get back to .500 while still waiting to get above .500 for the first time this year.
Kellie Harper’s team welcomes the Chattanooga Mocs to town. These two faced off last year on Rocky Top, and it’s the fourth of a six-game home stand for UT. Of those six games, this is their only one against an in-state foe.
Chattanooga comes into this game on the heels of a 61-52 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide on the road last Saturday, which snapped a four-game winning streak. Here is all the information you need for the Tennessee Lady Vols’ matchup.
- TV: SEC Network+
- Live stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: Lady Vol Network (Click here for affiliates); WFLI 97.7 FM and 1070 AM (Chattanooga)
- Listen online: UTSports; GoMocs.com
Led by first-year head coach Shawn Poppie, Chattanooga is one win away from matching their total last year. Poppie replaces Katie Burrows, who was there for four years and had just one winning season, finishing 7-23 last year.
They actually return four of five starters, but two newcomers have made the biggest difference. Transfer Yazz Wazeerud-Din from the Stetson Hatters is the team’s leading scorer, and freshman Raven Thompson is the second-leading scorer. Last year’s leading scorer, Abbey Cornelius, is still averaging 11.3 points per game.
Simply put, Poppie inherited a team returning a ton of talent, and he added more talent to combine more experience with just better players. That explains the turnaround for this team after a brutal season last year. They still haven’t lost at home.
Obviously, on the other side, Rocky Top has been off to a brutal start. To be fair, they put up a fight against a top 10 team Sunday despite missing three key players, most notably starting power forward Rickea Jackson. This is a chance for them to get back on track.
After this game, the Tennessee Lady Vols will host the Wright State Raiders Sunday. They will then host the UCF Knights a week from Wednesday before going back on the road to face the Stanford Cardinal two Sundays from now. Chattanooga is playing its second of a five-game road stand and will next visit the North Alabama Lions two Thursdays from now after a nine-day layoff.