Lady Vols edge LSU for preseason top spot

LSU's women's basketball team, the defending Southeastern Conference regular season champions, was picked to finish second in the conference by the media for this upcoming season at Thursday's SEC Basketball Media Days.

Seimone Augustus, the 2004-05 National and SEC Player of the Year, was tabbed to repeat the title and joined teammate Sylvia Fowles on the preseason ALL-SEC first-team.  

 

LSU, winners of 16 straight SEC regular season games, including all 14 last season, received 11 first-place votes and 248 points by the 22 members of the media that voted. Tennessee, who finished a game behind LSU last season with a 13-1 mark, collected 10 first-place votes and 251 points to edge the Lady Tigers.

 

"Anytime you're mentioned amongst the top teams in this league it's a compliment to your program," LSU's second-year head coach Pokey Chatman said. "But it is only the preseason."

  

Georgia had the other first-place vote and finished third in the preseason voting.

  

Augustus collected 18 of the 22 votes to repeat as preseason Player of the Year, while Georgia's Tasha Humphrey (3 votes) and Tennessee's Shanna Zolman (1) received the other votes.

  

"What continues to impress about Seimone is not the accolades, but her attitude and ability to keep it all in prospective," Chatman added. "Yes, she's a talent, but she's more impressed with her team."

  

Fowles, a sophomore center, joined Augustus on the preseason first-team All-SEC. The Miami, Fla., native received 12 votes to place on the six member team. Augustus collected 21 votes to lead the team.

  

"Sylvia's selection is a compliment to not only her talent, but more importantly her work ethic and attitude," Chatman said.

 

 

LSU will begin the 2005-06 season with the first of two exhibition games on Nov. 2 against Everyone's Internet in the newly renovated Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The Lady Tigers open the regular season at Texas Tech on Nov. 13. 

 

 

 

PRESEASON PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (FIRST-PLACE VOTES)

 

Tennessee (10)              251

 

LSU (11)                    248

 

Georgia (1)                 224

 

Vanderbilt                  201

 

Ole Miss                    144

 

Auburn                      129

 

Florida                     114

 

Alabama                     104

 

Kentucky                     87

 

Arkansas                     76

 

Mississippi State            76

 

South Carolina               62

 

 

PRESEASON ALL-SEC

 

First-Team

 

Seimone Augustus, LSU        21

 

Tasha Humphrey, Georgia      20

 

Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt     17

 

Sylvia Fowles, LSU           12

 

Shanna Zolman, Tennessee     11

 

Armintie Price, Ole Miss     11

 

 

 

Second-Team

 

Sarah Pfeifer, Arkansas       3

 

Tye'sha Fluker, Tennessee     3

 

Dee Davis, Vanderbilt         3

 

Marita Payne, Auburn          2

 

Samantha Mahoney, Kentucky    2

 

Nicky Anosike, Tennessee      2

 

 

 

Player of the Year

 

Seimone Augustus, LSU        18

 

Tasha Humphrey, Georgia       3

 

Shanna Zolman, Tennessee      1

 


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