March 29, 2011
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Lady Vol basketball junior Shekinna Stricklen captured Associated Press Third-Team All-America honors on Tuesday, while senior Angie Bjorklund and freshman Meighan Simmons nabbed honorable mention accolades.
Stricklen was named the SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches this season and captured All-SEC First Team status from both the coaches and the media. The Morrilton, Ark., native was also named the SEC Tournament MVP after leading UT to its 15th SEC Tournament title. She averaged 12.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg, while playing the point, on the wing and in the post in 2010-11. She is a finalist for the State Farm All-America Team, and was named an honorable mention All-American by the AP in 2009-10.
Bjorklund earned honorable mention AP All-America honors for the second consecutive season. The Spokane Valley, Wash., native averaged 10.3 ppg and shot a career-best 45.1 percent from three-point range in 2010-11. She helped lead the Lady Vols to a second consecutive SEC regular season and tournament championship sweep. Bjorklund wrapped her career as the Lady Vols all-time leader in three-pointers (305) and three-point attempts (738).
Simmons led the Lady Vols in scoring (13.5 ppg) and assists (2.8 apg) in her first collegiate season, while picking up SEC Freshman of the Year and All-SEC Second Team honors. She had five 20-point games and started her career off by reaching double-figures in scoring in 13 consecutive games. She set a Lady Vol-record with eight three-pointers in a game and a UT freshman mark with 11 assists in a contest.
The Lady Vols finished the 2010-11 season ranked fourth in the country and advanced the Dayton Regional Final before falling to Notre Dame on Monday night. It was Tennessee's 24th Elite Eight appearance.