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Lady Tigers Picked Sixth in SEC by Media
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Published: October 23, 2012, 02:14 PM (CT)
by Bill Martin (@LSUBillMartin), Associate SID

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The LSU Lady Tigers were predicted to finish sixth in the 2013 Southeastern Conference women's basketball standings in a voting of select SEC and national media members on Tuesday.

Kentucky topped the order of finish with 376 points with Georgia (352), Vanderbilt (336), Tennessee (316), Texas A&M (284), LSU (251) and South Carolina (194) rounding out the top half of the league. Arkansas (168), Florida (144), Auburn (124), Mississippi State (116), Ole Miss (47), Missouri (39) and Alabama (36) rounded out the bottom half.

The Lady Tigers, which finished in a fourth-place tie last season, return six letterwinners and three starters from a squad that reached the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. LSU is coming off a 23-11 campaign and a 10-6 mark in conference play in head coach Nikki Caldwell's first season. Caldwell became just the second coach in SEC history to lead a team to the SEC Tournament championship game in her first season.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.  Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team and the Preseason SEC Player of the Year.

The 2012-13 SEC Media Preseason Poll tips off SEC Basketball Media Days to be held Oct. 25 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. Caldwell will be joining new men's head coach Johnny Jones at the event when LSU takes its turn from 1-3 p.m. Thursday. The SEC Women's Basketball Coaches Poll will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The Lady Tigers host Xavier of Louisiana in a free admission exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Maravich Center. The season officially begins against Wichita State on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the PMAC.

Season tickets for the 2012-13 LSU women's season are now on sale at www.LSUtix.net. Mini-ticket plans are also available.

For more information follow the Lady Tigers on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LSUwbkb.

2012-13 SEC Women's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

SEC Champion: Kentucky (20)

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

Order of Finish
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 -- 94
8. Arkansas -- 168
9. Florida -- 144
10. Auburn -- 124        
11. Mississippi State -- 116        
12. Ole Miss -- 47
13. Missouri -- 39
14. Alabama -- 36

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

 

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