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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The LSU women’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the Southeastern Conference standings in a voting of select SEC and national media members on Tuesday.
Senior forward LaSondra Barrett was one of five players named to the All-SEC preseason first team. A 2011 State Farm honorable mention All-American, Barrett finished third in a voting for SEC Preseason Player of the Year with two votes. Tennessee’s Shekinna Stricklen earned the honor with 16 votes.
Tennessee tops the preseason with 264 points. Georgia (228), Kentucky (212), LSU (189), Vanderbilt (172) and Florida (151) round out the top six.
The voted preceded the SEC Basketball Media Day set for Thursday in Hoover, Ala. Barrett, senior forward Courtney Jones and first-year LSU coach Nikki Caldwell will represent the Lady Tigers.
Joining Barrett on the All-SEC first team are Georgia’s Jasmine James, Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies and Tennessee’s Glory Johnson and Stricklen. The second team includes Arkansas’ C’eira Ricketts and Sarah Watkins, Ole Miss’ Valencia McFarland, Tennessee’s Meighan Simmon and Vanderbilt’s Stephanie Holzer.
Points were compiled on a 12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for one team as an overall conference champion and a five-player All-SEC team.
Caldwell leads a team that returns five seniors and 10 letterwinners that finished in a tie for fifth in 2011. Caldwell, a former assistant coach and player at Tennessee, returns to her SEC roots after guiding UCLA to national prominence in three seasons as coach.
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 led LSU with 6.3 rebounds per contest. She is the Lady Tigers’ No. 23 all-time leading scorer with 1,118 points.
The Lady Tigers host Xavier of New Orleans in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 before traveling to face Wichita State in the season opener on Nov. 14.