The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team got a historic win over Tennessee to open last season, winning 80-71 at McKenzie Arena.
It was UTC's first win in 19 tries against the Lady Vols. It was also Holly Warlick's first official game as Tennessee's head coach after taking over for Pat Summitt -- one not soon forgotten.
"You always remember the losses. especially the first game you coach," Warlick told reporters after the fourth-ranked Lady Vols beat No. 12 North Carolina 81-65 in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Monday.
The teams meet again at 7 tonight at Thompson-Boling Arena. UTC is 1-0 after opening with a win last Friday against another Southeastern Conference team, beating Alabama 82-70, and Tennessee is 2-0, with wins at Middle Tennessee and at UNC.
UTC coach Jim Foster has a long history with Tennessee, which played on a regular basis during his 11 years (1991-2002) at Vanderbilt. Foster is 3-25 all-time against the Lady Vols.
Foster said he likes having challenging games like this on the schedule because they help prepare a team for the NCAA tournament.
"Any time you have an opportunity to play against good players, your players should enjoy the challenge and the opportunity," he said.
UTC's sophomores, Tatianna Jackson and Alicia Payne, are 1-0 against the Lady Vols. Jackson said she's excited about the chance to play in front of a big crowd and the chance to make it two in a row.
"We're going into Tennessee and everybody knows their fan base is huge and there are going to be a lot of people there," said Jackson, who only played a couple of minutes in last season's win. "I'm excited, I want to beat them and I want to start our year off the same way we did last year, because that was a great way to start."
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John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...