Lady Vols return to court quickly, host Central Arkansas after opening win at ETSU

AP file photo by Shawn Millsaps / Tennessee guard Zaay Green led the Lady Vols with 17 points in a season-opening win Tuesday night at East Tennessee State.

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee women's basketball team opened its 2019-20 season Tuesday night by grinding out a 72-68 win over East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

The Lady Volunteers face a quick turnaround, hosting Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena in the opener for the Sugar Bears.

Against ETSU, Tennessee controlled the game from a rebounding perspective and held the Buccaneers to 35% shooting. However, the Lady Vols didn't shoot well from the field - including going 3-for-18 from 3-point range - missed seven of their 16 free throws, were whistled for 29 fouls and turned the ball over 16 times.

Zaay Green scored 17 points as one of four Lady Vols in double figures.

Here are three observations from the game:

1. Will somebody step up? Even with the foul trouble - nobody fouled out, but five players ended the game with four fouls - Tennessee was in control in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 10 points in the final five minutes.