HOOPS CENTRAL: #11/12 Lady Vols vs. UCLA

Tennessee No. 11/12 (2-2) meets UCLA (4-0) at the Imperial Arena on Paradise Island, Bahamas in the semifinals of the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET.

The Lady Vols equalized their record by taking on Rutgers, 94-54, in Saturday’s opening round. The Big Orange led from start to finish, extending a 54-point lead before handing things over to the reserve.

UT had entered the tournament with a 1-2 mark against three teams that competed in the 2022 NCAA tournament, including No. 14/15 Ohio State on the road (L, 87-75), UMass at home (W, 74-65). ) and No. 12/11 Indiana at home (L, 79-67). The game against Rutgers was Tennessee’s third game against a Big Ten enemy in 2022-23, with UT improving to 81-17 against that league after suffering losses to Ohio State and Indiana in games one and three.

UCLA advanced Saturday by holding off South Dakota State 72-65 in a battle of vote-winning teams residing just outside the top 25 in both the AP and USA TODAY Coaches polls. The Bruins picked up three home wins before making their way to the Bahamas, where they defeated Cal Poly, UC Riverside and Troy over the course of six days.

This will mark the 21st meeting between the Lady Volunteers and the Bruins, with the Big Orange holding an 18-2 advantage. The teams are tied 1-1 at neutral venues after UCLA won their last meeting in College Park, Md., in the first round of the NCAA on March 23, 2019, 89-77. That Bruin triumph lasted 15 games sliding to losing to Rocky Top’s roster.

Tennessee is in the middle of a two-week struggle to open the six-game campaign. UT has played three games in the first seven days of the season and is now in the middle of a three-game-in-three-day stretch in the B4A tournament, followed by a two-in-three-day run at home on November 11, 25 (Colorado) and 27 (Eastern Kentucky).

broadcast information

  • FloHoops will be streaming the Tennessee vs. UCLA competition, with Jill Painter Lopez (PxP), Isis Young (Analyst) and Dani Wexelman (Reporter) bidding for games at the Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis.
  • The competition can also be heard on Lady Vol Network radio stations and via audio stream, with the voice of Lady Vol’s Brian Rice behind the mic in his first season. He will be joined by studio presenter Andy Brock.
  • A link to the live audio stream can be found on each game’s Hoops Central page or in the Lady Vol schedule on UTSports.com.
  • For a list of Lady Vol Network affiliates, please click on the Fans tab at the top of UTSports.com, select Vol Network and then click on the Vol Network Affiliates tab.
  • Game time on Lady Vol Radio Network is generally 30 minutes prior to game time.

storylines

  • Sunday’s duel is Tennessee’s first duel against two Pac-12 opponents this season. The Lady Vols will travel to the West Coast to perform at No. 18 on December 18th. 2/2 Stanford as part of the annual program clashes dating back to 1988.
  • Tennessee freshman Justine Pissott and UCLA freshman Kiki Rice teamed up to win a gold medal with the United States Under-18 National Team in the summer of 2022 at the FIBA ​​U18 Women’s Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Rickea Jackson has led the Lady Vols in the last three games with 24, 17 and 26 goals after opening the season with nine points at Ohio State. She averaged 22.3 points per game during that time span.

What’s next?

  • The bottom half of the bracket features another semifinal match between Marquette and Gonzaga on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
  • The winners of Sunday’s semi-finals will advance to the Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis championship game on Monday at 12 noon on ESPN.
  • The losers of the semifinals will play for third place on Monday at 2:30 p.m., broadcast by ESPNU.
  • Kevin Fitzgerald and Carolyn Peck are on standby for these ESPN/ESPNU shows.

First time at B4A, third time in the Bahamas

  • This is the Lady Vols’ first appearance in Battle 4 Atlantis, but it is their third trip to the Bahamas.
  • They are visiting their third other island after twice participating in the Junkanoo Jam Tournament on two other islands.
  • In 2013-14, the Tennessee Women won the Lucaya Division 2-0 at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
  • UT defeated Virginia, 76-67, and SMU, 87-47, at Freeport.
  • In 2018-19, the Lady Vols traveled to Resorts World Bimini and won both games there to claim the Junkanoo Division crown at the Junkanoo Jam.
  • In Bimini, the Big Orange turned back Clemson (78-66) and UAB (73-69) in overtime.
  • So far, UT is 1-0 at the B4A after edging past Rutgers (94-54) in the opening round on Saturday.

international success

  • Tennessee is making its fourth trip of the season outside the United States and sixth international trip in the past 10 years, maintaining a 14-0 mark on foreign soil during that stretch, including 8-0 in games that rank among season records after Saturday’s win .
  • This is the program’s 10th international excursion ever, and UT is 25-7 on foreign soil.
  • This is Lady Vols’ first trip outside the country since she previously traveled to the Netherlands, Belgium and France in August 2019 Kelly Harpers‘s first season at Rocky Top. senior citizens Jordan Horston, Tamari Key and Jessie Rennie had just arrived in Tennessee.
  • The B4A marks UT’s first international trip of the season since the 2018 Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas.
  • UT was at Freeport, Bahamas/2013 Junkanoo Jam (2-0); Cancun, Mexico/Challenge Cancun 2017 (3-0); Bimini, Bahamas/2019 Junkanoo Jam (2-0); and now Paradise Island, Bahamas/2022 Battle 4 Atlantis for NCAA counting competition.
  • Foreign tours and records include Brazil June 1987 (1-4), England January 1992 (2-1), Belgium/France/Switzerland August 1999 (5-0), Italy/Greece August 2003 (3-2), Italy 2015 (3-0) and Netherlands/Belgium/France 2019 (3-0).
  • These totals do not include travel to US territory tournaments in San Juan, Puerto Rico/San Juan Shootout in November-December 2002 (3-0); and two appearances at St. Thomas, USVI/Paradise Jam in Nov. 2005 (3-0) and Nov. 2010 (2-1).

Recap of the Rutgers game

  • No. 11 Tennessee earned a comfortable win in their first game at Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis 2022, defeating Rutgers (94-54) on Saturday afternoon at Imperial Arena.
  • The Lady Vols (2-2) shot a sizzling 53 percent from the ground, with 48 percent behind the arc, and were led by older strikers Rickea Jackson who scored 26 points on 11-of-12 shooting while snapping six boards in just 20 minutes of service. Senior Guards Jordan Horston and Jasmine Powell were also in double digits with 12 each, as were redshirt-sophomores Martha Suarez who graduated at 10. Powell and Suárez led UT with eight assists and seven rebounds, respectively.
  • All of UT’s 15 active players saw the floor, with 12 contributing at least two points to the final score.
  • Kaylene Smikle was Rutgers’ top scorer for the day at 16 (3-2). Kassondra Brown and Awa Sidibe were also in double figures with 12 and 10 respectively.

Jordy returns

  • UT decorated 6-2 watch Jordan Horstonwho was eliminated from the lineup after missing the Nov. 10 UMass game with a lower-limb injury was back in the starting XI against Rutgers.
  • She played 15 minutes and finished with 12 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal.

make runs

  • Tennessee was explosive offensively against the Scarlet Knights, notching three double-digit scoring series of 11-0 and 10-0 in the second quarter and a 22-0 run in the third.
  • Prior to Saturday’s game, UT had not recorded a double-digit run in the 2022-23 season.

Big time bank game

  • Every active player on the UT roster saw the floor against Rutgers, averaging 37 points and 23 rebounds combined.
  • Martha Suarez led that effort with 10 points and seven boards while Caroline Stripline scored her first points of the season and finished with six points.

Suarez gets her groove back

  • Red shirt sophomore Martha SuarezMissing out last season through injury, scored 10 points against the Scarlet Knights, marking her first 10-point performance since going 10-point down against UConn on January 21, 2021.

Powell performance

  • Senior Jasmine Powellwho joined UT from Minnesota has hit double digits in three of four games this season.
  • The 5-foot-6-point guard had 19 at Ohio State, 16 against Indiana and 12 against Rutgers.
  • Powell is Tennessee’s second-best scorer with 12.8 per contest and steps ahead of the Lady Vols in assists with 5.8 per contest after scoring a season-high against Rutgers on Saturday.

A look at UCLA

  • UCLA is now 4-0 after notching home wins over Cal Poly (84-48), UC Riverside (64-43) and Troy (95-83) and then opening the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 72-65 win hat over the state of South Dakota.
  • The Bruins have three players averaging double-digit points going into Sunday’s game.
  • Charisma Osborne, a 5-9 senior guard, sets the tone for UCLA, producing sparkling averages of 22.3 points and 9.0 rebounds.
  • Osborne is on the preseason watch lists for the Wooden Award and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award.
  • Also in double figures for UCLA are Emily Bessoir (11.3), redshirt sophomore forward with 6:4 and Gabriela Jaquez (10.3), freshman forward with 5:11.
  • Gina Conti, a 5-11 Graduate Guard, is on the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List. She is currently averaging 5.7 points and 2.7 rebounds.
  • Freshman Kiki Rice (9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg) joined the Tennessee rookie Justine Pissott by winning a gold medal with the USA U18 national team at the 2022 FIBA ​​U18 Women’s Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the summer.

UT/UCLA notices

  • This is the 21st meeting between the Lady Vols and UCLA, with UT owning an 18-2 record in the series.
  • UT is 1-1 at neutral venues, 8-1 at home and 9-0 on the road against the Bruins.
  • UCLA ended a 15-game Big Orange series winning streak on March 23, 2019 when the No. 20/24 Bruins in College Park, Md. defeated an unranked UT team (89- 77) defeated.
  • All 20 games between these teams were played regularly.
  • Tennessee is 68-24 all-time against programs in the Pacific-12 conference.
  • Kelly Harpers is 0-1 against UCLA and falls to the Bruins as head coach at NC State on March 21, 2010, 74-54.

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