Lady Vols announce 2020-21 schedule

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    The Tennessee women’s basketball team now have a schedule in place for the 2020-21 season.

    On Friday, the Lady Vols unveiled their schedule, which will include 16 SEC games and eight non-conference games.

    “Finalizing our game schedule has required a lot of patience and flexibility,” Tennessee head coach Kellie Harper said in a statement. “There were a lot of moving parts. While this is not the schedule we started with, we are excited to have the opportunity to play games.”

    The Lady Vols will open their season with three non-conference games, starting with Florida A&M on Nov. 27 and followed up with games against Western Kentucky on Nov. 28 and East Tennessee State on Dec. 1. All three games will be played at Thompson-Boling Arena.

    The season-opener against Florida A&M will pit Harper against one of her former Tennessee teammates, Shalon Pillow, who is in her first season as the Rattlers’ head coach.

    On Dec. 6, the Lady Vols will travel to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

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    Tennessee stays on the road on Dec. 13 to face off against the Texas Longhorns in Austin.

    Wrapping up their non-conference slate at home, the Lady Vols play Jackson State on Dec. 20, Lipscomb on Dec. 28 and then the highly anticipated showdown with No. 3 UConn on Jan. 21.

    The Huskies will travel to Knoxville for the first time since 2006 after beating Tennessee 60-45 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut in a renewal of the historic rivalry game between the two programs.

    Tennessee will begin conference play on Dec. 31 for a New Year’s Eve road matchup at No. 13 Texas A&M before returning to Knoxville for a two-game homestand against No. 11 Kentucky on Jan. 3 and No. 14 Arkansas on Jan. 7.

    The Lady Vols’ SEC home games also include Georgia on Jan. 14, Ole Miss on Jan. 28, Florida on Jan. 31, Vanderbilt on Feb. 14, No. 1 South Carolina on Feb. 18 and Auburn on Feb. 28.

    On the road in conference play, Tennessee will travel to LSU on Jan. 10, Alabama on Jan. 17, Vanderbilt on Jan. 24, No. 6 Mississippi State on Feb. 4, No. 11 Kentucky on Feb. 11, Georgia on Feb. 21 and Missouri on Feb. 25.

    The 2021 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament is set to for March 3-7 at Bon Secours Arena in Greenville, SC.