Lady Vols Second In SEC Coaches Poll

KNOXVILLE,TN - NOVEMBER 09, 2015 - Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the exhibition game between the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Tennessee women’s basketball team was picked by the league’s coaches to finish second in the Southeastern Conference, and three Lady Vols were selected to preseason all-conference teams, the SEC announced Tuesday morning.

The Lady Vols, who were 30-6 overall and 15-1 in SEC play a year ago en route to a regular-season co-championship, received 158 points in voting by league coaches to finish second behind South Carolina as they had in the media poll. The Gamecocks received 168 points to earn the favorite’s nod.

Texas A&M (138 points) is projected by the coaches to finish third, followed by Mississippi State (134), Kentucky (125), Missouri (94) and Ole Miss (81) rounding out the top half. Teams eight through 14 include Arkansas (77), Georgia (75), LSU (64), Vanderbilt (61), Florida (54), Auburn (29) and Alabama (16).

Redshirt sophomore guard Diamond DeShields and senior forward Bashaara Graves were among nine players chosen to the preseason All-SEC First Team. Redshirt sophomore center Mercedes Russell was on the eight-member second team.

Points for order of finish were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each coach also voted for an eight-player All-SEC first team, an eight-player All-SEC second team and the Player of the Year. Coaches cannot vote for their own team or players and ties are not broken.


Order of Finish

  • South Carolina 168
  • Tennessee 158
  • Texas A&M 138
  • Mississippi State 134
  • Kentucky 125
  • Missouri 94
  • Ole Miss 81
  • Arkansas 77
  • Georgia 75
  • LSU 64
  • Vanderbilt 61
  • Florida 54
  • Auburn 29
  • Alabama 16

Player of the Year

  • Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

First Team All-SEC

  • Makayla Epps, Kentucky
  • Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
  • A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
  • Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
  • Alaina Coates, South Carolina
  • Diamond DeShields, Tennessee
  • Bashaara Graves, Tennessee
  • Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
  • Courtney Williams, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

  • Jessica Jackson, Arkansas
  • Ronni Williams, Florida
  • Shacobia Barbee, Georgia
  • Raigyne Moncrief, LSU
  • Jordan Frericks, Missouri
  • Mercedes Russell, Tennessee
  • Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt



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