June 25, 2020 

HOF revival series to feature UConn Huskies and Tennessee Lady Vols

Details unveiled for the 2020-21 season matchup

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Two legendary women’s basketball teams will meet for their second match-up in January 2021.

The Tennessee Lady Vols and the UConn Huskies will headline the Hall of Fame Revival Series for the second consecutive year, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced this week. 

The teams consistently faced each other from 1995-2007, but did not meet again until this January when the Revival Series premiered. UConn won that game 60-45. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 14-9, but Tennessee has won three of the past four meetings.

In the Revival Series game two, Tennessee will host UConn on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville in a game televised by ESPN. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  

A donation of $10,000 was made to the Pat Summitt Foundation after the first game. Summit is the legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach who died in 2016 at the age of 64.  The Pat Summitt Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations that advance research for treatment and a cure, provide support for patients and caregivers, and educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease.

“It was a very meaningful experience for us to be involved with this event last season, and we look forward to hosting the game on The Summitt in 2021,” said Tennessee Coach Kellie Harper. “I am pleased that our players will have a chance to once again take part in a game like this and that our fans will have an opportunity to show their support for our program as well as the Pat Summitt Foundation, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Fame. 

“I know our Lady Vol fans will step up in a big way.” 

Said UConn Coach Geno Auriemma: “Last year’s renewed rivalry against Tennessee was a great success. It was a great game and a fantastic atmosphere, and I think college basketball fans were excited to see UConn and Tennessee back on the court.

 I expect nothing less when we travel to Knoxville this season. I’m sure the fans in Rocky Top have missed me.”

Officials with the Basketball Hall of Fame said even while announcing the game the “health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance” and the BHOF will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and provide updates as needed.”

The game will be included in the 2020-21 UT season ticket package and also included as a part of the Lady Vol Pass. Lady Vol Pass holders receive a ticket to every home game and select their seat from remaining inventory 48 hours prior to tip-off. Season tickets and the Lady Vol Pass go on sale at AllVols.com on July 1, 2020. Following season ticket sales, remaining Tennessee-UConn game inventory will be made available for purchase this fall.

“The Revival Series is a tremendous celebration of women’s basketball, featuring two of the most storied programs in college hoops,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We’re proud to continue the Revival Series with Tennessee and UConn, creating a fantastic environment for fans while generating funds for charitable causes.”

Written by Dorothy J. Gentry

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