ETSU to host basketball game against Lady Vols for first time in 35 years

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – News Channel 11 Sports learned Wednesday afternoon that East Tennessee State University’s women’s basketball team will host the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols in November.

The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced that the Buccaneers’ women’s basketball program would host the Lady Vols next season on Tuesday, No. 15 inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

“We feel like we have put together an incredible non-conference schedule for our blue and gold faithful and obviously, that schedule is highlighted by a game with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols here in Johnson City on Nov. 15th,” ETSU head coach Brittney Ezell said. “I know that the response to this game alone will do wonders to help elevate our program, our university and the game of women’s basketball in our region.”

Ezell added that the “demand that this game will place on tickets, we will do everything in our power to make sure this game is accessible and affordable to any and everyone who wants to attend. We are extremely excited for the future of our program and our ability to attract high caliber opponents to Johnson City, and this is another step in the right direction for all of ETSU.”

According to an ETSU news release, the game was moved out of Brooks Gym and will be played inside the ETSU/MTSU Athletic Center to accommodate the expected high demand for tickets, and will be the first basketball game played inside the Dome since the end of the 2013-14 season.

Scott Carter, ETSU senior associate athletic director/COO, said season ticket holders, donors and fans will have top priority to purchase tickets for the game.

“ETSU athletics is committed to taking care of our donors, season ticket holders, and fans for this historic event,” Carter said. “In the coming weeks, we will be sending out tickets renewals for next year and this will be the first opportunity for our supporters to purchase tickets. We will then make every effort to ensure that our fans get the tickets they want before opening up sales to the general public later this year.”

UT Men’s basketball team will also be heading to Johnson City this season to play ETSU, which will be the first time the teams have played in Johnson City in 53 years.

For more information on women’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s hoops link.

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