Birmingham, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its tenth annual women’s basketball preseason All-SEC first and second teams, Tuesday, to tip off the 2013-14 season of SEC women’s basketball. In addition, the coaches voted on a predicted order of finish, overall champion and a preseason Player of the Year.
Tennessee was predicted to win the Southeastern Conference women's basketball regular season championship with 167 votes. The reigning SEC regular season champions returns three starters from last season’s NCAA Elite Eight squad, including 2013 SEC Player of the Year Meighan Simmons, 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year Bashaara Graves and World University gold medal winner Ariel Massengale.
Kentucky, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Georgia round out the top half of the league with Auburn, Missouri, Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Alabama rounding out the lower half.
Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons was the choice of the coaches for SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Year with seven votes; the remaining votes were given to Kentucky’s DeNesha Stallworth (three), LSU’s Theresa Plaisance (three) and Vanderbilt’s Christina Foggie (one).
Joining Simmons, Stallworth, Plaisance and Foggie on the All-SEC First Team were Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina; Bashaara Graves, Tennessee; Courtney Walker, Texas A&M; and Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt
Second team consists of Hasina Muhammad, Auburn; Jaterra Bonds, Florida; Shacobie Barbee, Georgia; Samarie Walker, Kentucky; Jennifer O'Neil, Kentucky; Danielle Ballard, LSU; Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss; Martha Alwal, Mississippi State.
Points were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction, while each player received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote. Coaches do not vote for their own team or players.
The complete listing of all honors follows.
Preseason Media Poll
SEC Champion: Tennessee (11); Kentucky (3)
Player of the Year: Meighan Simmons, Tennessee (7); DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky (3); Theresa Plaisance, LSU (3); Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt (1)
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FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky
Theresa Plaisance, LSU
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
Bashaara Graves, Tennessee
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Hasina Muhammad, Auburn
Jaterra Bonds, Florida
Shacobie Barbee, Georgia
Samarie Walker, Kentucky
Jennifer O'Neil, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State