Four Bulldogs recognized on All-SEC team

Martha Alwal

Martha Alwal

After guiding Mississippi State to a school-best 26-5 overall record and 11-5 mark inside the conference, Vic Schaefer was named the SEC Co-Coach of the Year as well as one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year.

Schaefer shared the SEC Coach of the Year billing with South Carolina’s Dawn Staley.

I have what I think is the best staff in the country and tremendous players who have given of themselves this year and allowed us to coach and teach them and reach new heights here at Mississippi State,” Schaefer said. “Being named SEC Co-Coach of the Year and a semifinalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year are tremendous honors and ones I definitely have to share with my staff and players. God continues

Victoria Vivians

Victoria Vivians

to bless our Mississippi State program and me. I’m very grateful to receive these honors.”

Schaefer was not the only Bulldog recognized by the league’s coaches on Tuesday. Senior center Martha Alwal earned second team All-SEC as well as a spot on the All-Defensive team. Victoria Vivians was also selected to the second team as well as claiming a spot on the All-Freshman team along with fellow guard Morgan William.

I’m very excited for Victoria, Martha and Morgan,” Schaefer said. “We have tremendous coaches in this league, and they recognize the skill set, quality and character of these young ladies. I appreciate their votes because these players have earned it throughout the course of the season.”

Morgan William

Morgan William

For Alwal, it was the third time she has received a nod on the All-Defensive team and was the Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season. The Worthington, Minn., native is now a two-time second team All-SEC selection and earned first team honors a year ago.

It’s an honor to make the second team,” Alwal said. “I’m glad that the coaches thought that much of me. I really didn’t think I was going to get anything because my stats have gone down quite a bit since last year but I’m happy that I made it.”

South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell was selected as the SEC Player of the Year for the second straight season while teammate A’ja Wilson won Freshman of the Year.

Jordan Jones of Texas A&M was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year while Kentucky’s Jennifer O’Neil earned 6th Player of the Year.

2015 SEC Postseason Awards

Coach of the Year: Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State / Dawn Staley, South Carolina
Player of the Year: Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Freshman of the Year: A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
6th Player of the Year: Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky
Scholar- Athlete of the Year: Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

First Team All-SEC
Makayla Epps, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Tia Faleru, Ole Miss
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Cierra Burdick, Tennessee
Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC
Jessica Jackson, Arkansas
Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky
Jordan Frericks, Missouri
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
Courtney Williams, Texas A&M

Haley Lorenzen, Florida
Mackenzie Engram, Georgia
Alexis Jennings, Kentucky
A’Queen Hayes, Ole Miss
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Morgan William, Mississippi State
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt

Linnae Harper, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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