The Tennessee Lady Vols' basketball 2001-2002 schedule was finalized Tuesday, as the team will again face many of the nation's elite during the non-conference season before taking on the traditional foes during SEC competition.
The Lady Vols will also tangle with a bevy of top rivals including Connecticut, Duke, Southern Cal, Stanford, Louisiana Tech, Texas, and Old Dominion.
"We are excited to have such a great schedule for the coming season," said Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt. "It takes us from coast-to-coast with matchups at Stanford, George Washington, Boston College and DePaul."
Tennessee opens the 2001-02 season at Chattanooga on Nov. 16 and the home portion of the schedule two days later against Southern Cal. Other non-conference guests to the Thompson-Boling Arena in the coming season will include Louisiana Tech. Texas Christi
an, Connecticut, Old Dominion and Texas. UT's home SEC schedule features Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
"With the makeup of the teams on our schedule year-in and year-out, every other year our home schedule is very appealing to our fans. This year is certainly no exception," Summitt said. "Additionally our road schedule features two outstanding opportunitie
s to face a couple of ACC teams at the Honda Elite Four (N.C. State) and the Peach Bowl Classic (Duke)."
Tennessee's travel schedule before the start of the new year will quickly break-in the five Lady Vol rookies. After the opening clash with UT-Chattanooga, Tennessee will conduct a "big cities tour." First stop will be Washington, D.C. and George Washingto
n University before traveling to Orlando to face N.C. State in the Honda Elite Four. Then it is on to Boston for a meeting with Boston College before finals week. After exams, UT heads to the Bay Area to face Stanford and completes the road swing in Chica
go with a meeting at DePaul. After Christmas, the team will travel to Atlanta to face Duke in the Peach Bowl Classic and continue on to Memphis to face the University of Memphis.
In January, the Lady Vols will enjoy the friendly confines of Thompson-Boling Arena with six home games -- Connecticut, Old Dominion, Auburn, LSU, Alabama and Florida. Tennessee's January travel dates include a stop at Florida, South Carolina and Auburn.
The game date in Gainesville is listed as either Jan. 2 or 3 and will be determined in December after football bowl bids are extended. The Lady Vols will enjoy February games at home against Arkansas, Texas, Vanderbilt and Kentucky and rounds out the road
trip portion of the regular season schedule with games at Vanderbilt, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
The Southeastern Conference Tournament will be played at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 28-Mar. 3, 2002.
Lizzy Flynt, a senior on the 2000-01 University of Tennessee women's diving team, was named the winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award for the state of Tennessee on Monday afternoon.
A native of Auburn, Ala., Flynt was a standout athletically and academically for the Lady Vols throughout her three-year career, following a transfer from Auburn University. Flynt was a five-time All-American in diving and earned Academic All-America hono
rs twice at UT.