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Lady Vols approached UConn about playing again

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm •  Published: July 16, 2013
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says she recently approached Connecticut about the possibility of playing each other again.

That doesn't mean the two women's college basketball powers will renew their rivalry right away.

Warlick said she mentioned the idea to Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma last month during the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction weekend, but she added that the talks haven't progressed since then.

"I don't think it's going to work out," Warlick told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview Monday. "I don't know. I've put it out there. We haven't discussed it since."

Connecticut officials confirmed the conversation took place, but the defending national champion Huskies already have a full schedule for the upcoming season. Auriemma has said all along that he would play Tennessee since the rivalry ended in 2007.

The two schools have combined to win 13 of the last 19 NCAA titles. Connecticut has beaten Tennessee in the national championship game four times (1995, 2000, 2003 and 2004). The two teams also have met twice in the NCAA semifinals, with Tennessee winning in 1996 and Connecticut winning in 2002. Tennessee also beat Connecticut in a 1997 regional final. Connecticut won its eighth national title this past season to match Tennessee for the most in NCAA history.

The two powers played each other in the regular season every year from 1995-2007 — Connecticut led the all-time series 13-9 — before former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt opted to end the series. In her memoir "Sum It Up" that came out this year, Summitt said her relationship with Auriemma had deteriorated at the time and that she had become "increasingly upset with a couple of UConn's tactics in recruiting."

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