Lady Vols Will Open Battle 4 Atlantis Vs. Rutgers

Support for the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis 2022 has been released, and Tennessee Women’s Basketball will open play against Rutgers at noon ET on Saturday, November 19 at Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas.

The winner of this contest will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 20 at noon against the winner of Saturday’s UCLA and South Dakota contest (5 p.m.), while the losers face off Sunday at 5 p.m. Across the bracket, Texas meets Marquette at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with Louisville and Gonzaga hitting the field later at 7:30 p.m. to close out the first-round schedule. All games on Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast on FloHoops.

The championship game on Monday, November 21 is scheduled for noon ET on ESPN, while the contest for third place will be hosted by ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. The Loser’s Bracket contests for fifth and seventh place will be at 5 p.m. 7:30 p.m., respectively, with the FloHoops broadcast. Click here for full support.

In addition to Tennessee, which is ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s “Way-Too-Early” Top 25, the 2022 women’s field also includes No. 5 Texas, No. 7 Louisville, No. 23 from South Dakota State, Rutgers, UCLA, Marquette and Gonzaga. All but Rutgers saw some sort of playoff action last season.

Tennessee and Rutgers will meet for the 24th time, with UT holding a 20-3 series advantage after winning the last 10 matchups. The Lady Vols and Scarlet Knights last met on December 14, 2014 in Piscataway, NJ, with UT picking up a 55-45 win.

Rutgers, under new head coach Coquese Washington, is returning just three players from the 2021-22 roster, led by Awa Sidibe (4.1 ppg. and 2.6 rpg.). This unit finished 11-20 overall and 3-14 in the Big Ten (13th) last season. Of note, LVFL Nikki McCray-Penson is a freshman assistant for the Scarlet Knights.

The Lady Vols return 10 players, including four starters, from a team that started 18-1 and finished 25-9 overall and 11-5 in the SEC (3rd) while advancing to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen despite injuries to end of season to three key contributors.

Paving the way for UT’s fourth-year head coach Kellie Harper are Jordan Horston and All-SEC/All-Defensive center Tamari Key. Other regular contributors include returning starters point guard Jordan Walker and wing Tess Darby, along with two others with starting experience on the 2022 SEC All-Freshman wing Sara Puckett and forward All- 2021 SEC Freshman Marta Suarez.

The Lady Vols also bring on board four talented transfers and a five-star freshman, including starters and former performers from all leagues in forward Rickea Jackson (Mississippi State), power forward Jasmine Franklin (Missouri State) and point guard Jasmine Powell (Minnesota), along with a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in sophomore transfer forward Jillian Hollingshead (Georgia) and true freshman winger Justine Pissott.