Vanderbilt women's basketball releases 2021-22 schedule for Shea Ralph's first season

Aria Gerson
Nashville Tennessean

After ending its season after three SEC games in 2021, and under a new coach in Shea Ralph, the Vanderbilt women's basketball team announced its schedule for 2021-22.

The marquee games on the schedule are during the Paradise Jam in the US Virgin Islands over Thanksgiving, where the Commodores will face 2021 national runner-up Arizona, Big Ten power Rutgers, and DePaul.

Outside of Paradise Jam, Vanderbilt's only power-conference opponent outside the SEC is Kansas. The Commodores are also set to play a number of in-state teams, including Tennessee Tech, Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee, the latter of which is Vanderbilt's only nonconference opponent outside of a multi-team event that made the NCAA Tournament last year.

Connecticut assistant coach Shea Ralph works the NCAA college basketball game between Pittsburgh and Connecticut on  Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/\Name\)

The SEC schedule will be much tougher. In addition to permanent rival Tennessee, the Commodores will play Kentucky and Alabama twice. Kentucky was a No. 4 seed, Tennessee a No. 6 and Alabama a No. 7 in last year's tournament.

Home SEC opponents: Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida

Away SEC opponents: Texas A&M, Mississippi State, LSU, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama

The women's SEC Tournament will be held at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the seventh time, most recently in 2018. According to a release, Vanderbilt is planning to have full capacity at Memorial Gym, though that may change based on the COVID-19 situation.

“The format of three games in three days (at Paradise Jam) will prepare us for the SEC Tournament that will be hosted right here in Music City,” Ralph said in a release. “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.”

2021-22 Vanderbilt women's basketball schedule

Game times have not been announced except where noted. All times Central.

Nov. 9: vs. Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m.

Nov. 12: vs. Little Rock, 7 p.m.

Nov. 15: at Middle Tennessee

Nov. 18: vs. Tennessee Tech, 7 p.m.

Nov. 21: vs. Jacksonville State, 2 p.m.

Nov. 25: vs. Arizona (Paradise Jam), 3:15 p.m.

Nov. 26: vs. Rutgers (Paradise Jam), 1 p.m.

Nov. 27: vs. DePaul (Paradise Jam), 1 p.m.

Nov. 30: vs. Chattanooga, 7 p.m.

Dec. 5: at Kansas, 2 p.m.

Dec. 8: vs. Albany

Dec. 18: vs. Presbyterian

Dec. 21: at St. Joseph's

Dec. 28: vs. Alabama State, 7 p.m.

Dec. 30: at Texas A&M

Jan. 2: vs. Missouri

Jan. 6: vs. Arkansas

Jan. 9: at Mississippi State

Jan. 13: vs. Tennessee

Jan. 16: at LSU

Jan. 24: at South Carolina

Jan. 27: vs. Kentucky

Jan. 30: vs. Auburn

Feb. 3: at Georgia

Feb. 6: vs. Alabama

Feb. 13: at Tennessee

Feb. 17: at Kentucky

Feb. 20: vs. Ole Miss

Feb. 24: vs. Florida

Feb. 27: vs. Alabama

Aria Gerson covers Vanderbilt athletics for The Tennessean. Contact her at agerson@gannett.com or on Twitter @aria_gerson.