Emotional night ahead for Lady Vols

Emotional night ahead for Lady Vols


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Lady Vols won't wait long to get down to business in 2014.

Tennessee will host LSU in the conference opener for both teams on Thursday night-- and before the game starts former player Candace Parker will have her jersey retired.

It could be an intense night for current Tennessee players.

"I hope they feed in a positive way," said head coach Holly Warlick before practice on Monday. 

"We've had a lot of ceremonies before games so I think they're used to it. Probably the freshmen haven't been in that environment. But the upperclassmen have. We'll address it and talk about it and what's going to happen and make sure they stay focused."

There is a third element to the emotion that could grip Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday night.

LSU is coached by former Tennessee player and former assistant coach Nikki Caldwell-- a close friend of Warlick's.

"It's a tough opener. Nikki knows us. We know her," said Warlick.  

"It's going to be a very competitive game and it's going to be fun. I am excited she gets to come and be a part of Candace getting her Jersey retired as well."

The Lady Vols are 11-1 and coming off a 110-42 non-conference win over Lipscomb.

"We want to go undefeated in our conference, that's our goal," said forward Cierra Burdick. 

"We want to win the regular season outright and we want to win the tournament. We've got to take it game-by-game. Obviously LSU is our first test. So we've got to come out here and prepare and play Lady Vol basketball."

The doors to Thompson-Boling Arena will open at 5:30 p.m. with the Parker ceremony set for 6:45 p.m.

The game against LSU will start at 7 p.m.



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