Three University of Kentucky women's basketball players received pre-season recognition from the Southeastern Conference in voting by the coaches announced Tuesday.
Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth was named to the All-SEC First Team. Junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill and senior forward Samarie Walker were voted to the Second Team.
In team voting, the coaches liked Tennessee to win the conference championship, with Kentucky a close second.
The Volunteers received 167 votes. The reigning SEC regular-season champions return three starters from last season's NCAA Elite Eight squad.
Kentucky, which also made the Elite Eight last season and has several players returning, came next with 159 votes.
Others predicted to finish in the top half of the 14-team league were LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Georgia.
Tennessee's Meighan Simmons was the choice of the coaches for SEC Player of the Year with seven votes; the remaining votes went to Kentucky's Stallworth (three), LSU's Theresa Plaisance (three) and Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie (one).
Points were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction, while each player received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote. Coaches did not vote for their own team or players.
SEC Coaches' voting
SEC champion: Tennessee (11); Kentucky (3).
Player of the Year: Meighan Simmons, Tennessee (7); DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky (3); Theresa Plaisance, LSU (3); Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt (1).
ORDER OF FINISH
1. Tennessee 167 8. Auburn 72
2. Kentucky 159 9. Missouri 69
3. LSU 134 10. Florida 60
4. Vanderbilt 124 11. Miss. State 51
5. South Carolina 121 12. Arkansas 42
5. Texas A&M 121 13. Mississippi 25
7. Georgia 104 14. Alabama 24
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
ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM
Hasina Muhammad Auburn
Jaterra Bonds Florida
Shacobie Barbee Georgia
Samarie Walker Kentucky
Jennifer O'Neill Kentucky
Danielle Ballard LSU
Valencia McFarland Mississippi
Martha Alwal Mississippi State