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#23 Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball Hosts Colorado, Friday – Clarksville Online

ByKarla E. Kowalski

Nov 24, 2022

#23 Tennessee (2-4) vs. Colorado (4-1)
Friday, November 25, 2022 | 6:02 PM CT/7:02 PM ET
Knoxville, Tennessee | Thompson Boling Arena | Television: SEC Network

UT Lady volumesKnoxville, TN — The No. 23-24 Tennessee women’s basketball team (2-4) returns home Friday at Thompson-Boling Arena to take on Colorado (4-1). Game begins at 6:02 PM CT.

Kellie Harper’s side went through a difficult stretch of three games in three days at the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas from November 19-21.

The UT Lady Vols, who started the year ranked 5/4 in the AP and USA TODAY coaching polls, have been challenged by a string of frequent preseason games against challenging competition and are clinging to a spot at the nation’s top 25.

A welcome six-game home streak and a run of nine of the next 11 home games will hopefully create some momentum for a Big Orange squad that’s highly talented on paper but hasn’t quite fired up all the cylinders just yet.

The Tennessee Lady Vols showed some signs of progress in a dominant win over Rutgers. They also responded positively in a hard-fought affair with an experienced Gonzaga squad last time out, but they came up just short with a 73-72 heartthrob that saw the Lady Vols get multiple last-second shot attempts that only fell wide.

Tennessee welcomes a Buffaloes roster that has won four of their first five games and is two points from a 5-0 lead. CU’s only loss came on the road at Texas Tech, 86-85, in overtime.

This is the fifth meeting between the Lady Volunteers and the Buffaloes, with the Rocky Top team holding a 3-1 advantage over the Rocky Mountain program in the all-time series.

Game Actions

A special offer for CU play includes a Weekday Family 4-Pack Deal with four tickets and four $10.00 concession coupons starting at $48 (plus taxes/fees).

Tickets are available at AllVols.com.

broadcast information

The SEC Network will televise the Tennessee vs. Colorado contest starring Courtney Lyle (PxP) and Steffi Sorensen (Analyst).

All games included in the ESPN package (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU) will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets through the WatchESPN app, and on TVs through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360, or Xbox One for fans who purchase their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

The competition can also be heard on Lady Vol Network radio stations and via audio stream. John Wilkerson will pinch hit for Voice of the Lady Vols Brian Rice while Rice calls UT men’s games at Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis. Studio host Andy Brock will join Wilkerson.

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.

The Lady Vol Network broadcast can also be heard on SiriusXM satellite radio via channel 962 on the SXM app.

Lady Vol trending themes

In the first six games, a three-player tandem has developed with double-digit scorer numbers, three of the players with an average of 10 points or more are newcomers.

Senior forward Rickea Jackson leads with 17.7 points per game, followed by senior guard Jordan Horston (13.4) and senior guard Jasmine Powell (10.5).

After opening the year with nine points at Ohio State, Jackson has had more than 14 points in every game since, including 24 against UMass and 26 against Rutgers.

Jackson was named to the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament Team after averaging 18.7 ppg. and 5.3 rpm. when shooting, 58 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

Horston has hit double digits in every game she has completed this season, hitting 20 in the opener against Ohio State and recovering from injury against UMass to contribute 12, 11 and 19 against Rutgers, UCLA and Gonzaga respectively.

In addition to the three above, graduate Jasmine Franklin (2), senior center Tamari Key (2), and redshirt sophomore forward Marta Suárez (1) have all hit double-digit goals in 2022-23.

Franklin has her strongest performance of the season against Gonzaga, posting a nearly double performance of 11 points and nine boards against the Zags.

Key had nine blocks in three games at Battle 4 Atlantis, including five against Rutgers.

Powell dished out 13 assists in Atlantis against five turnovers.

Tennessee’s best quarter was the second frame, in which it outscored its opponents 117-88 for a +29 lead.

Review of the Gonzaga game

No. 23 Tennessee fell to Gonzaga on Monday in a 73-72 nail biter that included 15 lead changes and nine draws.

With the loss, the UT Lady Vols finished fourth in Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis 2022.

Seniors Jordan Horston and Rickea Jackson were the top scorers for UT (2-4) with 19 and 16, respectively, while graduate Jasmine Franklin narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Yvonne Ejim led the Zags (5:1) with 22 points, 20 of them in the second half. Kaylynne Truong was also in double digits with 14 points and McKayla Williams was 12.

All Tournament Honors

Senior Rickea Jackson was named to the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis All-Tournament Team.

The forward led UT with 56 points in three games averaging 18.7 ppg. and 5.3 rpm. while in the Bahamas.

About the Colorado Buffaloes

The Colorado Buffaloes were picked by coaches and media for eighth place in the Pac-12 preseason rankings.

The Buffaloes went 22-9 overall and 9-7 at Pac-12 a year ago, finished fifth in the league and played in the first round of the NCAA before bowing out.

CU brought back eight letter winners and two starters, including Jaylyn Sherrod and Frida Formann, as well as Quay Miller, sixth Pac-12 Player of the Year for 2022.

Sherrod was selected for the Preseason All-Pac-12, while Miller was selected for the Preseason Pac-12 Honorable Mention along with Kindyll Wetta, and Miller was also included in the Lisa Leslie Award Watch List.

Colorado has made 14 all-time NCAA appearances after last year’s bid.

For the second game in a row, Kellie and Jon Harper meet another husband-and-wife coaching duo. Associate Head Coach Toriano Towns is married to Head Coach JR Payne.

Payne was born in Jackson, Tennessee.

Colorado’s Last Game

Jaylyn Sherrod and Kindyll Wetta each scored 15 points to lead the Colorado Buffaloes to a hard-fought 71-63 win over the Air Force on November 19 in Boulder.

On four previous visits to CU, the Air Force averaged nearly 31-point losses left. But that wasn’t the case this time, as the up-and-coming Falcons were difficult to handle from the start, forcing CU to recover from an early eight-point deficit, a lead the Buffs couldn’t match by the final score.

UT/CU Notes

Tennessee is 3-1 against Colorado and has won the last three games.

The Lady Vols won the final bout between those schools on March 22, 1997, 75-67, with current head coach Kellie Harper starting out at point guard under her maiden name, Kellie Jolly.

Jolly had nine points, four assists and three rebounds in 32 minutes as she led her team to the NCAA Sweet 16 victory on March 22, 1997 in Iowa City.

The Big Orange defeated UConn, 91-81, in the Elite Eight and won the 1997 NCAA title in Cincinnati by defeating Notre Dame (80-66) and Old Dominion (68-59).

That UT championship set the table for a 1997-98 squad that went 39-0 and completed a streak of three straight NCAA titles.

UT is 1-0 against CU in Knoxville and defeats the Buffaloes on December 20, 1993 in a duel #1/1 UT against #7/7 Colorado 86-82 in overtime.

CU outplayed UT 42-34 in the second half to force overtime, but the UT Lady Vols defeated the visitors 18-14 in overtime to claim the win.

Next for UT women’s basketball

The Tennessee Lady Vols women’s basketball returns after The Summitt on Sunday, while Eastern Kentucky heads to Knoxville for a matinee streamed on SECN+. Game begins at 1:00 PM CT.

A special promotion for the EKU game includes a “Weekend Family 4-Pack Deal” with four tickets and four $10 discount coupons starting at $72 (plus taxes/fees).