The list of spectators included Summitt, who was seated in the front row behind the Tennessee bench watching her longtime assistant's head coaching debut. Tennessee senior Taber Spani leaned into the stands and hugged Summitt before The Opening tip.
Summitt stepped down in April, one year after announcing she had early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. She remains on staff as head coach emeritus.
The Lady Vols were led by junior Meighan Simmons, who tallied 24 points. Sophomore Isabelle Harrison added 19 points. The freshmen also had productive debuts with 17 points from Bashaara Graves, 16 points from Jasmine Jones, four points and five boards from Nia Moore and five assists and three steals from Andraya Carter.