The UConn and Tennessee women’s basketball programs have been powerhouses in the sport for years. UConn has won 11 national titles, the most in the sport. Tennessee is next with eight.
Their dominance has created an intense rivalry. The Lady Vols won three-straight against the Huskies from 2005-07, but UConn won the most recent meeting. The schools first played in 1995 and UConn leads the series 14-9, including 5-2 in NCAA tournament games and 4-0 in national title games. Today’s game will mark the 24th meeting between the two squads.
Here’s the all-time series history:
UConn and Tennessee all-time series history, results
|1||Jan. 16, 1995||Storrs, CT||UConn||77–66|
|2||April 2, 1995||Minneapolis, MN||UConn||70–64|
|3||Jan. 6, 1996||Knoxville, TN||UConn||59–53|
|4||March 29, 1996||Charlotte, NC||Tennessee||88–83|
|5||Jan. 5, 1997||Hartford, CT||UConn||72–57|
|6||March 24, 1997||Iowa City, IA||Tennessee||91–81|
|7||Jan. 3, 1998||Knoxville, TN||Tennessee||84–69|
|8||Jan. 10, 1999||Storrs, CT||Tennessee||92–81|
|9||Jan. 8, 2000||Knoxville, TN||UConn||74–67|
|10||Feb.2, 2000||Storrs, CT||Tennessee||72–71|
|11||April 2, 2000||Philadelphia, PA||UConn||71–52|
|12||Dec. 30, 2000||Hartford, CT||UConn||81–76|
|13||Feb. 1, 2001||Knoxville, TN||Tennessee||92–88|
|14||Jan. 5, 2002||Knoxville, TN||UConn||86–72|
|15||March 29, 2002||San Antonio, TX||UConn||79–56|
|16||Jan. 4, 2003||Hartford, CT||UConn||63–62|
|17||April 8, 2003||Atlanta, GA||UConn||73–68|
|18||Feb. 5, 2004||Knoxville, TN||UConn||81–67|
|19||April 6, 2004||New Orleans, LA||UConn||70–61|
|20||Jan. 8, 2005||Hartford, CT||Tennessee||68–67|
|21||Jan. 7, 2006||Knoxville, TN||Tennessee||89–80|
|22||Jan. 6, 2007||Hartford, CT||Tennessee||70–64|
|23||Jan. 23, 2020||Hartford, CT||UConn||60-45|
Both teams have been led by highly successful coaches. The late Pat Summitt, who finished her career with a 1,098-208 record and eight national championships, coached her final game in March 2012. UConn’s Geno Auriemma has won more than 1,000 games (1099-142) and 11 NCAA tournament titles.
Auriemma is still coaching in Storrs. Kellie Harper is in her second season as head coach at Tennessee. Harper, only the third women’s basketball coach for Tennessee in the NCAA era, played point guard for Summitt from 1995-99.