Tennessee’s bench will be shorter than initially expected for its next women’s basketball season.
Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said Saturday night that reserve guard Jasmine Phillips has decided to transfer after one season at Tennessee. Warlick was speaking after hosting a reception at the East Tennessee History Center. The event was held in conjunction with the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“She wanted to go somewhere where she’d get the opportunity to play a little more,” Warlick said of Phillips. “I was very supportive.”
Warlick said that she didn’t know where the 5-foot-10 Phillips was headed. She has two years of eligibility left.
Phillips came to Tennessee from Louisburg (N.C.) College and played in just 12 games last season. She attempted 21 field goals and scored 23 total points, averaging 1.9 per game.
Phillips’ departure leaves Tennessee with 11 players for next season — the same number as this season.
Warlick said that UT’s three incoming freshmen — Mercedes Russell, Jordan Reynolds and Jannah Tucker — will be attending the second session of summer school, which begins next month. Tucker originally intended to attend both sessions but decided otherwise.
Regarding scheduling, Warlick said Tennessee still is scrambling to fill an opening in its nonconference schedule after Baylor opted not to continue its series with UT.