SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today details of the Hall of Fame Revival Series featuring the Tennessee Lady Vols and the UConn Huskies. Widely regarded as the two most successful programs in women’s basketball history, the teams consistently met from 1995-2007, but did not face each other again until year one of the Revival Series in January 2020. A donation of $10,000 was made to the Pat Summitt Foundation in year one.
“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.”
In year two of the two-year series, Tennessee will host UConn on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. 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. The game will be televised and supported by the ESPN family of networks.
The highly anticipated Tennessee-UConn 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.
As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and provide updates as needed.
Women’s college basketball’s most decorated programs met for the first time since 2007 on Jan. 23, 2020. The Lady Vols took a 31-28 lead into the locker room at the half before UConn rallied to seize a 60-45 victory at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The Huskies lead the all-time series, 14-9, but Tennessee has won three of the past four meetings.
Quotes from Head Coaches
“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. 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.” — Kellie Harper, Tennessee
“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.” – Geno Auriemma, UConn
About Pat Summitt Foundation:
The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat and Tyler Summitt in November 2011. Its mission is to award 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. In 2015, The Pat Summitt Foundation formed a strategic partnership with The University of Tennessee Medical Center to create The Pat Summitt Clinic. The clinic, which opened in January 2017, greatly improves access to healthcare services for families and patients facing Alzheimer’s disease in a facility created to advance Alzheimer’s research, detection, treatment, and family caregiver support. To learn more, please visit www.patsummitt.org, like the foundation on facebook.com/patsummittfoundation, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @webackpat.