BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Tennessee was predicted to win the 2012 Southeastern Conference women’s basketball championship in a voting of a select panel of both SEC and national media members.
The Tennessee women’s basketball team returns the bulk of the team despite losing guards Angie Bjorklund (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Sydney Smallbone (1.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg) and center Kelley Cain (7.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg) to graduation. A six member senior-laden squad, UT will be led by 6-2 guard/forward Shekinna Stricklen and 6-3 post Glory Johnson (12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg).
Tennessee tops the order of finish with 264 points, with Georgia (228), Kentucky (212), LSU (189), Vanderbilt (172) and Florida (151) rounding out the top half of the league. Arkansas (142), South Carolina (107), Auburn (94), Alabama (55), Mississippi State (54) and Ole Miss (48) round out the bottom half.
Tennessee’s Shekinna Stricklen was the overwhelming choice of the media for SEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year with 16 votes, the remaining votes were for Georiga’s Jasmine James, LSU’s LaSondra Barrett and Tennessee’s Glory Johnson. Stricklen, a 2011 State Farm All-American and SEC MVP averaged 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season.
Joining Stricklen on the All-SEC First Team are Georgia’s Jasmine James, Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies, LSU’s LaSondra Barrett and Tennessee’s Glory Johnson. Second Team includes Arkansas’ C’eria Ricketts, Ole Miss’ Valencia McFarland, Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons, and Vanderbilt’s Stephanie Holzer.
Points were compiled on a 12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for one team as an overall conference champion and a five-player All-SEC Team.
The 2011-12 SEC Media Preseason Poll tips off SEC Basketball Media Days, October 27 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. The SEC Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 8. (October 25, 2011, Page 9)