SEC coaches pick Lady Vols as favorite

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:21 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference coaches have made Tennessee the preseason favorite to win the league title.

Tennessee, the SEC's defending regular-season champion, received 11 of the 14 first-place votes in the coaches' poll that was released Tuesday. Kentucky, picked to finish second, received the other three first-place votes. LSU was picked to finish third and Vanderbilt fourth. South Carolina and Texas A&M tied for fifth in the balloting.

Coaches also named Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons the preseason player of the year. Simmons received seven votes. Kentucky's DeNesha Stallworth and LSU's Theresa Plaisance got three votes each. Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie earned the remaining vote.

Simmons, Stallworth, Plaisance and Foggie earned first-team all-conference honors along with South Carolina's Aleighsa Welch, Tennessee's Bashaara Graves, Texas A&M's Courtney Walker and Vanderbilt's Jasmine Lister.

SEC-Coaches Picks

The preseason Southeastern Conference women's basketball predictions and All-SEC teams as voted on by the league's coaches. Predicted finish with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:

Predicted order of finish

1. Tennessee, 167

2. Kentucky, 159

3. LSU, 134

4. Vanderbilt, 124

5. (tie) South Carolina, 121

5. (tie) Texas A&M, 121

7. Georgia, 104

8. Auburn, 72

9. Missouri, 69

10. Florida, 60

11. Mississippi State, 51

12. Arkansas, 42

13. Mississippi, 25

14. Alabama, 24

SEC Champion: Tennessee

Player of the Year: Meighan Simmons, Tennessee

Preseason All-SEC

First Team

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

Hasina Muhammad, Auburn

Jaterra Bonds, Florida

Shacobie Barbee, Georgia

Samarie Walker, Kentucky

Jennifer O'Neil, Kentucky

Danielle Ballard, LSU

Valencia McFarland, Mississippi

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

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