UConn-Tennessee is back, folks. Is it really a rivalry anymore? Maybe not. But the news still had the women’s basketball world buzzing yesterday, including alumni from both schools. It’s been over a decade since the two teams have played, so there are only a handful of active players left who were actually part of the rivalry.
But that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting.
“To have the UConn-Tennessee rivalry renewed is very exciting for the basketball world. It is going to be a flashback to old times and all the great games between the two powerhouses of women’s basketball,” former UConn star Breanna Stewart said. “Although I never was a part of the rivalry I am very eager to watch it as it’s brought back to life.”
Stewart’s former teammate, Morgan Tuck, said that even though it had been a few years since the rivalry ended during her time in Storrs, there was still a desire to to play the Lady Vols.
“When I went to UConn, I hoped that we got to play Tennessee,” Tuck said. “I think it’s going to bring a lot of excitement.”
“If we would’ve made it to the Final Four, a lot of times we were on the same side of the bracket [as UConn],” Stricklen said. “We just didn’t get to the Final Four.”
You can watch the full interview with Tuck and Stricklen below.
Video by Ian Bethune.