Lady Tigers Picked to Finish Second in SEC

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Lady Tigers Picked to Finish Second in SEC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — LSU’s women’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference in a preseason poll released Wednesday at the annual basketball media day. Lady Tigers’ sophomore guard Seimone Augustus was also tabbed the preseason SEC Player of the Year by the media attending the event.

LSU received 247 points in the voting and six first-place votes to finish behind Tennessee. The Lady Tigers are coming off a 30-4 season in which they finished second in the SEC, won the SEC Tournament, received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight.

The Lady Tigers return three starters from last year’s team, including Augustus, the preseason Player of the Year in the league. The Baton Rouge native received 10 votes for Player of the Year honors to edge Mississippi State’s Tan White and Vanderbilt’s Jenni Benningfield. Augustus, who led LSU last season by averaging 14.5 points per game, was also named one of five first-team All-SEC members by the media at the annual Media Day event.

Augustus joined White from MSU, Benningfield from Vanderbilt, Shyra Ely from Tennessee and Vanessa Hayden from Florida.

Senior point guard Temeka Johnson was named to the second-team for the Lady Tigers. Johnson, along with fellow senior Doneeka Hodges joined head coach Sue Gunter in Birmingham for Media Day.

Preseason Ranking
1. Tennessee (14) 266
2. LSU (6) 247
3. Georgia (3) 236
4. Vanderbilt (1) 186
5. Auburn 179
6. Mississippi State 157
7. Arkansas 131
8. Florida 124
9. South Carolina 117
10. Kentucky 92
11. Alabama 78
12. Ole Miss 59

All-SEC Teams–First-team
Tan White, Mississippi State
Seimone Augustus, LSU
Jenni Benningfield, Vanderbilt
Shyra Ely, Tennessee
Vanessa Hayden, Florida

Second-team
Christi Thomas, Georgia
Temeka Johnson, LSU
Shameka Christon, Arkansas
Natasha Brackett, Auburn
Loree Moore, Tennessee
Kara Braxton, Georgia
Le’Coe Willingham, Auburn

Player of the Year
Seimone Augustus, LSU