The Lady Vols practiced for the second time this season on Tuesday.
"It's really really exciting," said Head Coach Holly Warlick. "It feels like we just finished in South Dakota."
That finish was in the Elite Eight, with a loss to Syracuse. The Lady Vols are returning four starters: redshirt junior guard Diamond DeShields, redshirt junior center Mercedes Russell, junior guard/forward Jaime Nared and senior guard Jordan Reynolds. Four-year starter Bashaara Graves graduated, and will be replaced by junior Kortney Dunbar.
Warlick says she believes the postseason was so important for this year's team.
"I think you saw us turn a corner. It was a major effect on what we did this summer. Probably one of the best summers we've had as far as dedicating to get better, doing things as a team, just all-around, wanting to improve their game."
Leadership has also taken a big step since last season.
"We have tremendous leadership from our upperclassmen," Warlick said. "Jordan Reynolds has just been phenomenal. Diamond DeShields, Jaime Nared, they've just done a great job at leading this basketball team."
Much of the depth and roster has yet to be decided, however.
"Everybody get's a chance to play, since our numbers are low," said Warlick. "Everyone gets that opportunity."
"Are we where we want to be condition-wise? Absolutely not. I was very concerned about the wear and tear on our bodies."
The Lady Vols first game will be November 11th at James Madison.