Preseason SEC women's basketball predictions

By The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kentucky is favored to repeat as the Southeastern Conference women’s basketball champions.

The Wildcats received 376 points in voting by league and national media, released Tuesday.

Georgia received 352 points for second, followed by Vanderbilt (336) and Tennessee (316).

Kentucky has four starters back from a team that made the regional finals, including SEC player of the year A’dia Mathies and freshman of the year Bria Goss. Guard Jennifer O’Neill returns after sitting out last season with injury and transfer forward DeNesha Stallworth is eligible after transferring from California.

Mathies received 20 of 26 votes for player of the year.

Other All-SEC first-teamers are Florida’s Jennifer George, Georgia’s Anne Marie Armstrong, Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone and Vanderbilt’s Christina Foggie. Foggie, George and Armstrong received player of the year votes.

Preseason SEC women’s basketball predictions
The Associated Press

Preseason Southeastern Conference women’s basketball predictions and All-SEC teams as voted on by a panel of media members:

Predicted finish with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:

SEC Champion: Kentucky (20)

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

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 194

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