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Mitchell Named To 2018-19 SEC Coaches' Preseason Team

Judy Willson
Judy Willson
Communications Associate

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference announced the 2018-19 Women’s Basketball Coaches’ poll and preseason team on Tuesday afternoon. LSU junior forward Ayana Mitchell was named to the Preseason All-SEC Second Team.

 

Mitchell is the Lady Tigers’ top returning scorer with 11.0 points per game last season. She also led the team in rebounding with 8.2 boards per game and field goal shooting at 55.6 percent.  Mitchell was third on the squad with 52 steals last season.

 

The Lady Tigers finished 19-10 overall last season and 11-5 in SEC play. LSU, under the direction of Nikki Fargas, returns three starters and eight letterwinners to the 2018-19 squad. In addition to Mitchell, the other returning starters are junior guard Jaelyn Richard-Harris and sophomore post player Faustine Aifuwa. Richard-Harris averaged 4.6 points per game and dished out 48 assists, while Aifuwa averaged 5.1 points and 5.0 reounds per game with a team-leading 44 blocked shots.

 

National runner-up Mississippi State topped the SEC coaches preseason polls, with LSU predicted to finish ninth in the ranking. The Lady Tigers were predicted to finish in the middle of the pack last season, but ended up with the No. 4 seed in the 2018 SEC Tournament.

 

LSU begins the 2018-19 season on Tuesday, Nov. 6 versus Sam Houston State. Game time at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center is set for 5:30 p.m. CT, the first half of a doubleheader with the men’s team, and will be broadcast on SEC Network Plus.

 

2018-19 SEC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

  1. Mississippi State
  2. South Carolina
  3. Georgia
  4. Tennessee
  5. Missouri
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Kentucky
  8. Auburn
  9. LSU
  10. Alabama
  11. Arkansas
  12. Florida
  13. Vanderbilt
  14. Ole Miss

 

Preseason Player of the Year

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

 

Preseason All-SEC First Team

Caliya Robinson, Georgia

Maci Morris, Kentucky

Anriel Howard, Mississippi State

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Tyasha Harris, South Carolina

Rennia Davis, Tennessee

Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

 

Preseason All-SEC Second Team

Ayana Mitchell, LSU

Malica Monk, Arkansas

Janiah McKay, Auburn

Unique Thompson, Auburn

Taylor Murray, Kentucky

Shandricka Sessom, Ole Miss

Amber Smith, Missouri

Alexis Jennings, South Carolina

Evina Westbrook, Tennessee

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