Nov. 8, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southeastern Conference announced on Tuesday that league coaches predicted Tennessee to win the SEC regular season crown, as the SEC is set to kick of its 2011-12 women's basketball season.
Coming off a year where the Lady Vols finished with a 34-3 overall mark, won both the conference's regular season and tournament titles and made a run to the Elite Eight, UT tallied 120 votes in the poll
In addition to selecting a preseason favorite, league coaches also chose All-SEC first and second teams.
The Lady Vols return six seniors this year, led by 2011 State Farm All-American and SEC Preseason Player of the Year Shekinna Stricklen.
Joining Stricklen, on the All-SEC First Team were teammates Glory Johnson and Meighan Simmons, Arkansas' C'eira Ricketts, Georgia's Jasmine James, Kentucky's A'dia Mathies, LSU's LaSondra Barrett and Vanderbilt's Stephanie Holzer.
Kentucky, Georgia, LSU, Florida and Vanderbilt round out the top half of the league with South Carolina, Arkansas, Auburn,Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss rounding out the lower half.
Second team consists of Alabama's Ericka Russell, Arkansas' Sarah Watkins, Georgia's Jasmine Hassell, LSU's Adrienne Webb, Ole Miss' Valencia McFarland, South Carolina duo La'Keisha Sutton and Ieasia Walker and Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke.
Points were compiled on a 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. Ties were not broken and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players.
The complete listing of all honors follows.
1. Tennessee (120)
2. Kentucky (100)
3. Georgia (98)
4. LSU (96)
5. Florida (92)
6. Vanderbilt (85)
7. South Carolina (62)
8. Arkansas (57)
9. Auburn (39)
10. Alabama (29)
11. Mississippi State (25)
12. Ole Miss (16)
FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC C'eira Ricketts, Arkansas Jasmine James, Georgia A'dia Mathies, Kentucky LaSondra Barrett, LSU Glory Johnson, Tennessee Meighan Simmons, Tennessee Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee Stephanie Holzer, Vanderbilt
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC Ericka Russell, Alabama Sarah Watkins, Arkansas Jasmine Hassell, Georgia Adrienne Webb, LSU Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss La'Keisha Sutton, South Carolina Ieasia Walker, South Carolina Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee