Dividing the playing time

Regardless of whether the starting lineup changes, Tennessee will reconsider how it shares the playing minutes for Sunday’s game at Rutgers.

“That’s a great question,” UT coach Holly Warlick said when asked Wednesday about playing time against the Scarlet Knights, Tennessee’s greatest test since facing Texas.

It likely requires a great answer from Warlick and her staff.

To date, every Lady Vol is averaging at least 12.7 minutes per game and nobody more than 27.6. The balance reflects UT’s schedule to date but might not be suited for the schedule to come.

“I don’t know if the time or the minutes will be that balanced,” Warlick said. “I think we’ll see how the game flows and how we’re playing and who’s playing well together. Things like that.”

The most important thing is winning.

“We have to win the ballgame,” Warlick said. “If somebody doesn’t get to play, they don’t get to play. Then we’ll figure it out the next game.”

In other matters:

— Warlick said she anticipates Jannah Tucker being available on Sunday. The redshirt freshman guard is believed to have served her disciplinary time for missing class. The variable is how she feels with respect to her surgically repaired left knee.

— The team is leaving for New York on Thursday and attending the play “Kinky Boots” on Thursday night.