LaSondra Barrett earns All-SEC nod

Lady Tiger seniors has keyed late-season push to cap her career.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second consecutive season, LSU senior forward LaSondra Barrett has been named to the All-SEC first team as selected by the league's 12 coaches, it was announced on Wednesday by the SEC office.

Barrett, a native of Jackson, Miss., was one of eight players named to the first team that includes: Arkansas' C'eira Ricketts, Florida's Jennifer George, Georgia's Anne Marie Armstrong, Kentucky's A'dia Mathies, Tennessee's Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen and Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie. It represents the ninth straight season that LSU has placed a player on the first team.

"She has been unbelievable for us because there are not too many players in the women's game that can play 1-5," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "She can play every position on the floor and she can defend every position on the floor. As the season has gone on, she has become more aggressive and put the team on her back. She's also made her teammates better. Her ability to distribute the basketball has made us better."

Barrett has enjoyed the finest season of her career, leading LSU to a 20-9 overall record, a 10-6 mark in SEC play and a likely NCAA Tournament berth when the field of 64 is unveiled on March 12. Overall, Barrett ranks 10th in the SEC in scoring (12.7 ppg), fifth in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and sixth in free-throw percentage (72.4). In SEC play, Barrett put up 13.1 points and 8.1 rebounds, which ranked seventh and second in the SEC, respectively.

She produced six double-doubles in SEC play and made (140) and attempted (189) more free throws than any player in the conference. Of LSU's 29 games this season, Barrett scored in double-figures in 23 of those. In her last seven games where LSU owns a 6-1 record, the All-SEC star is averaging 14.9 points and 8.1 boards per contest.

Barrett is one of three players in school history to register 1,400 points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in a career at LSU, joining Seimone Augustus and Cornelia Gayden. Barrett ranks second in LSU career free throws made (460), 13th in points (1,486) and 11th in rebounds (780).

In addition, Barrett was also recognized on the SEC Community Service Team for her outstanding efforts in the classroom and community. A 2011 graduate of LSU in sports administration, Barrett has maintained a 3.4 grade-point average. She's assisted in the Lady Tigers' community service efforts at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.

Barrett and the Lady Tigers arrived in Nashville on Wednesday for the SEC Tournament. LSU, the No. 4 seed, will take on the winner of Arkansas-Ole Miss, in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday live on Fox Sports Net and ESPN3.com.

First Team All-SEC
C'eira Ricketts, Arkansas
Jennifer George, Florida
Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky
LaSondra Barrett, LSU
Glory Johnson, Tennessee
Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC
Sarah Watkins, Arkansas
Jasmine Hassell, Georgia
La'Keisha Sutton, South Carolina
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt
Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt
Ieasia Walker, South Carolina
Markeshia Grant, South Carolina
Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss
Diamber Johnson, Mississippi State

All-Freshman Team
Calli Berna, Arkansas
Hasina Muhammad, Auburn
Erika Ford, Georgia
Bria Goss, Kentucky
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
Ariel Massengale, Tennessee
Kady Schrann, Vanderbilt

All-Defensive Team
Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia
Porsha Porter, Mississippi State
Glory Johnson, Tennessee
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky
La'Keisha Sutton, South Carolina

Coach of the Year
Tom Collen, Arkansas

Player of the Year
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky

Freshman of the Year
Bria Goss, Kentucky

Defensive Player of the Year
Glory Johnson, Tennessee

6th Woman of the Year
Deana Allen, Florida
Keyla Snowden, Kentucky

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Blanche Alverson, Auburn

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