It’s been 12 years, but the championship winning UConn and Tennessee women’s basketball programs will face each other again. The teams will play each other in a two-year series.
UConn will host Tennessee during the 2019-2020 season and part of the proceeds will benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“I am happy to have the Lady Vols back on our schedule and am thrilled that proceeds to our games will benefit such an important endeavor like the Pat Summitt Foundation,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “I know our fans will be excited to renew the rivalry with Tennessee and expect them to fill the building for some good basketball and a great cause.”
For the 2020-2021 season, the Lady Vols will host the Huskies in Knoxville and part of the proceeds will benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Game dates and times have not yet been announced, but the event will be showcased during the annual We Back Pat week.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate all levels of the game for both men and women,” John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “When it comes to women’s college hoops, there’s no match-up more highly anticipated than that of UConn versus Tennessee. We’re so proud to unite these teams in a contest benefitting great causes and honoring the late Hall of Famer Pat Summitt.”
UConn released a statement saying UConn leads the all-time series vs. Tennessee, 13-9 and the Huskies defeated the Lady Vols four times in the NCAA Championship game.