From LSU media relations
The LSU women were predicted to finish fourth in the 2012 SEC women's basketball standings in a voting of select media members on Tuesday.
Senior forward LaSondra Barrett was one of five players named to the All-SEC pre-season first team. Barrett finished third in a voting for SEC Pre-season Player of the Year behind Tennessee's Shekinna Stricklen.
Tennessee topped the order of finish with 264 points while Georgia (228), Kentucky (212), LSU (189), Vanderbilt (172) and Florida (151) round out the top half of the league. Arkansas (142), South Carolina (107), Auburn (94), Alabama (55), Mississippi State (54) and Ole Miss (48) are predicted to finish in the bottom half.
Joining Barrett on the All-SEC first team is Georgia's Jasmine James, Kentucky's A'dia Mathies and Tennessee's Glory Johnson and Stricklen. The second team includes Arkansas' C'eira Ricketts, Ole Miss' Valencia McFarland, Tennessee's Meighan Simmon and Vanderbilt's Stephanie Holzer.
First-year LSU coach Nikki Caldwell leads a team that returns five seniors and 10 letterwinners that finished tied for fifth place in the 2011 SEC standings. Caldwell, a former assistant coach and player at Tennessee, returns to her SEC roots after guiding UCLA to national prominence in three seasons.
Barrett, a native of Jackson, Miss., was a first-team All-SEC selection as a junior. She ranked second on the team in points per game with 12.2 and she led LSU with 6.3 rebounds per contest. Barrett heads into her senior season as the 23rd all-time leading scorer in Lady Tiger history with 1,118 points.
SEC Basketball Media Day will be held Thursday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. The SEC women's basketball coaches' poll will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Caldwell and senior forward Courtney Jones will represent the Lady Tigers on Thursday in Hoover.
2012 SEC Preseason Media Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
1. Tennessee 264, 2. Georgia 228, 3. Kentucky 212, 4. LSU 189, 5. Vanderbilt 172, 6. Florida 151, 7. Arkansas 142, 8. South Carolina 107, 9. Auburn 94, 10. Alabama 55, 11. Mississippi State 54, 12. Ole Miss 48
Jasmine James, Georgia
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky
LaSondra Barrett, LSU
Glory Johnson, Tennessee
Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee
C'eira Ricketts, Arkansas
Sarah Watkins, Arkansas
Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
Stephanie Holzer, Vanderbilt
Lady Tigers picked to finish 4th
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