Lady Vols’ season-opener against Florida A&M cancelled

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    Kellie Harper’s second season as head coach of the Lady Vols basketball program was supposed to begin on Friday afternoon with a matchup against Florida A&M.

    That game has been cancelled, however, as A&M decided to opt out of the 2020-21 women’s college basketball season on Monday afternoon.

    The Lady Vols basketball program has not yet released a statement in regards to the opener. They’re still scheduled to play Western Kentucky on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET in Knoxville.

    The Lady Vols return five of their top six scorers and rebounders from last season, including the top four in each category. 80.8 percent of the scoring, 76.4 percent of rebounds, 78.6 percent of blocks, 71.0 per­cent of steals and 64.8 percent of assists return from a year ago. They also return 80.6 percent of their field goals, including 73.3 percent of their three-pointers, and 84.8 percent of free throws from last season.

    Two players transferred from the program, but Harper added two graduate transfer in Liberty’s Keyen Green and Western Michigan’s Jordan Walker. Both were all-conference players at their respective schools.

    Green and Walker are joined by a trio of freshmen. Guard Destiny Salary, guard/forward Tess Darby, and guard/forward Marta Suárez were all considered four-star prospects.