April 8, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Postseason honors continue to roll in for members of the Lady Vol basketball team, as Full Court announced its 2012-13 postseason awards.
In balloting by Full Court editors, Bashaara Graves has been chosen National Freshman of the Year and a member of the Freshman All-America First Team. Junior Meighan Simmons, meanwhile, was selected to the Full Court All-America Third Team.
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Graves, a 6-foot-2 forward/center from Clarksville, Tenn. (Clarksville H.S.), was the second-leading scorer (13.2) and top rebounder (8.0) for a Lady Vol squad that went 27-8, won the SEC regular-season championship and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before bowing out to NCAA championship game participant Louisville.
Previously named the SEC Freshman of the Year by the coaches, SEC Newcomer of the Year by Associated Press and a first-team all-league selection by both, Graves shot 52.2% from the field and 70.1% from the free throw line. She posted 10 double-doubles during the campaign, which led all SEC rookies and tied her with Candace Parker for third all-time among freshman at Tennessee behind only Chamique Holdsclaw (16) and Sheila Frost (11).
Simmons, a 5-9 guard from Cibolo, Texas (Steele H.S.), paced UT in scoring (16.8) and minutes played (31.7) and was second in steals (1.4) and third in assists (2.1). She shot 41.2% from the floor, 36.5% on threes and 85.1% from the charity stripe and scored in double figures in 31 of 35 contests.
The junior scored at least 20 points on 10 occasions, including a career-best 33 vs. North Carolina and concluded her third season at UT with 1,487 points to stand 21st on UT's all-time scoring list. She was chosen SEC Player of the Year by the coaches and was a first-team all-league pick by both the coaches and AP. Simmons and Graves also were WBCA Division I Coaches Honorable Mention All-America selections.