Kentucky women picked to defend SEC title; Mathies voted player of year

October 23, 2012 

  • Teams

    Team (first-place votes) Points

    1. Kentucky (20) 376

    2. Georgia (1) 352

    3. Vanderbilt (2) 336

    4. Tennessee (2) 316

    5. Texas A&M (1) 284

    6. LSU 251

    7. South Carolina 194

    8. Arkansas 168

    9. Florida 144

    10. Auburn 124

    11. Mississippi State 116

    12. Mississippi 47

    13. Missouri 39

    14. Alabama 36Players

    Player of the Year: A'dia Mathis 20 votes; Christina Foggie 4; Anne Marie Armstrong 1; Jennifer George 1.

    FIRST TEAM

    Jennifer George Florida

    Anne Marie Armstrong Georgia

    A'dia Mathies Kentucky

    Kelsey Bone Texas A&M

    Christina Foggie Vanderbilt

    SECOND TEAM

    Sarah Watkins Arkansas

    Jasmine Hassell Georgia

    Samarie Walker Kentucky

    Ieasia Walker South Carolina

    Meighan Simmons Tennessee

  • SEC media voting

The University of Kentucky women's basketball team is counting on big things this season.

The media that cover the Southeastern Conference are in agreement.

They picked Kentucky to win the 2012-13 league championship and chose Wildcats senior A'dia Mathies as SEC Player of the Year in voting announced Tuesday.

Mathies was named to the All-SEC first team. Junior teammate Samarie Walker received second-team recognition.

Kentucky, the reigning SEC regular-season champion, returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from last season's NCAA Elite Eight squad, including SEC Player of the Year Mathies, SEC Freshman of the Year Bria Goss and Walker, an all-NCAA regional selection. The Wildcats also welcome back sophomore guard Jennifer O'Neill, who sat out the 2011-12 season because of injury, and junior forward DeNesha Stallworth, an All-Pac-10 selection, who will see her first action at Kentucky after sitting out last season upon transferring from California.

Mathies was an overwhelming choice for SEC Player of the Year with 20 votes. Christina Foggie of Vanderbilt was next, with four.

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