Tennessee's women's baskestball team was picked by Southeastern Conference coaches to finish fifth in the 14-team league in a poll released on Tuesday. The Lady Vols were tabbed to place fourth this season by the media on Oct. 23.
As was the case in the media poll, the coaches chose Kentucky (167 points) to repeat as league champion, followed by Georgia with 149 points. Texas A&M (145) and Vanderbilt (143) were third and fourth, followed by Tennessee in fifth (117). South Carolina (102) and LSU (96) rounded out the top seven.
The bottom half of the SEC includes Florida (92), Arkansas (72), Auburn (57), Mississippi State (51), Alabama and Missouri (33), and Ole Miss (17).
Meighan Simmons, the only Lady Vol to receive preseason All-SEC honors (second team) from the media two weeks ago, was selected by coaches to the eight-member first team. Sophomore point guard Ariel Massengale, who led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio last season at 2.1, was voted to the second team. The Bolingbrook, Ill. native posted a UT freshman-record 162 assists a year ago, second in the conference.
Tennessee, No. 20 in the preseason poll by the Associated Press and No 16 by USA Today/ESPN, opens its 2012-13 campaign on the road, facing Chattanooga at 7 p.m. on Friday and #22/20 Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-SEC—Sarah Watkins, Arkansas; Jennifer George, Florida; Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia; Jasmine Hassell, Georgia; A'dia Mathies, Kentucky; Meighan Simmons, Tennessee; Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M; Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt; Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt.
SECOND-TEAM ALL-SEC—Jasmine James, Georgia; Bria Goss, Kentucky; Samarie Walker, Kentucky; Adrienne Webb, LSU; Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss; Ieasia Walker, South Carolina; Ariel Massengale, Tennessee; Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt
PLAYER OF THE YEAR—A'dia Mathies, Kentucky.