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No. 4 Lady Vols say they haven't forgotten last year's season-opening loss at Chattanooga

  • Tennessee's Ariel Massengale (5) speaks with head coach Holly Warlick (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Tennessee's Ariel Massengale (5) speaks with head coach Holly Warlick (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee's Meighan Simmons (10) and Andraya Carter (14) react following a play against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Tennessee won 81-65. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Tennessee's Meighan Simmons (10) and Andraya Carter (14) react following a play against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Tennessee won 81-65. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Carolina's Jessica Washington (24) is blocked by Tennessee's Mercedes Russell, right, and Ariel Massengale (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's Jessica Washington (24) is blocked by Tennessee's Mercedes Russell, right, and Ariel Massengale (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

Chattanooga understands it won't blindside No. 4 Tennessee this time. The memories of last year are too fresh.

Tennessee opened the 2012-13 season with a stunning 80-71 loss at Chattanooga in the Lady Vols' first game of the post-Pat Summitt era. They finally get their chance to avenge that loss Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale says the team has a "different mindset" and is mentally tougher than that last time it faced Chattanooga.

Chattanooga has a new coach in Hall of Famer Jim Foster, who took over the program after Wes Moore left for North Carolina State. The Lady Mocs beat Alabama 82-70 on Friday in their debut under Foster. Tennessee has opened its season with road wins over Middle Tennessee and No. 12 North Carolina.