Feb. 12, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee senior Meighan Simmons is among the nation's premier players named to the midseason women's top 30 for the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T.
Simmons, 5-foot-9 guard from Cibolo, Texas, made the top 30 list for the third time in her career and was a finalist for last year's award. She is one of four players from the Southeastern Conference to make the cut, joining Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie, South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell and LSU's Theresa Plaisance.
Leading her team to a No. 8 national ranking, 20-4 overall mark and 9-2 record to stand second thus far in the SEC race, Simmons is averaging 15.2 points per contest and shooting 45 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line. She has scored 1,852 points in her career and stands at No. 8 on UT's career scoring list. She needs 148 points to become only the fifth player in Lady Vol history to score 2,000 in her career.
Simmons has been on a tear of late, scoring 20 or more points in five of her last seven games. During that span, she is averaging 19.9 points per contest and is shooting 54.1 percent from the floor, including 51.2 percent from the three-point line, and 100 percent from the charity stripe.
The UT senior and her teammates will return to action on Sunday, when the Lady Vols play host to No. 18 Kentucky in the "Live Pink, Bleed Orange" game at 1 p.m. The contest will be televised nationally on ESPN. Tickets are available at www.UTTix.com.