NASHVILLE, Tenn. – First-year head coach Shea Ralph announced Wednesday the 2021-22 women’s basketball schedule featuring 14 nonconference games and 16 SEC contests.
“We are excited to announce our schedule for the 2021-22 season,” Ralph said. “The nonconference slate will challenge us for the battles we’ll face in the Southeastern Conference.”
Vanderbilt will commence its new era under the lights of Memorial Gymnasium against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 9. Prior to traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam (Nov. 23-28), Vanderbilt will host Little Rock (Nov. 12) and heads to Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 15. Vandy also hosts back-to-back home games against Tennessee Tech (Nov. 18) and Jacksonville State (Nov. 21).
The second half of the nonconference slate includes a Nov. 30 clash with Chattanooga, a trip to Kansas (Dec. 5), a pair of home games against Albany (Dec. 8) and Presbyterian (Dec. 18) and a trip to Saint Joseph’s (Dec. 21) followed by the final home game of 2021 against Alabama State (Dec. 28).
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to take our players to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam where we’ll face some of the top teams in the country,” Ralph said. “The format of three games in three days will prepare us for the SEC Tournament that will be hosted right here in Music City. We can’t wait to see all of our fans back in Memorial Gymnasium as we begin this new era of Vanderbilt women’s basketball.”
With only a two-day break, the Commodores will launch into SEC play beginning Dec. 30 by traveling to Texas A&M and conclude the league slate Feb. 27 at Alabama. Vanderbilt’s eight home conference opponents will include Missouri (Jan. 2), Arkansas (Jan. 6), Tennessee (Jan. 13), Kentucky (Jan. 27), Auburn (Jan. 30), Alabama (Feb. 3), Ole Miss (Feb. 20) and Florida (Feb. 24).
The SEC Tournament will be held for a seventh time at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The event, which will include all 14 teams, begins March 2 and concludes with the championship game March 6.
Season tickets are now available and season ticket holders will receive discounts at shop.vucommodores.com and the first chance at mini plans and single-game tickets before the general public. Women’s season tickets start at $50 and Mr. C’s Kids Club members receive free admission to women’s basketball games.
Tickets can be paid for in full or spread out with monthly payments – the deadline to renew is Sept. 28. Season-long parking passes are also available for purchase. Season ticket holders will also have the option to donate unused tickets to local Nashville organizations and details will be shared with buyers ahead of the season.
Capacity at Memorial Gymnasium is expected to be 100 percent. Please note that COVID-19 protocols and capacity limitations are subject to change depending on guidance from public health experts. Further details will be provided closer to the start of the season.