LSU women’s basketball picked seventh in SEC _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU Women's Basketball coach Nikki Caldwell answers media questions during LSU Basketball Media Day Wednesday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The LSU women’s basketball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference this season by a select media panel from around the league and nation.

The results of the poll were announced Tuesday as the SEC Tipoff ’15 got underway. The women took center stage Tuesday with the men to follow on Wednesday.

LSU, which has reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA women’s tournament the past two seasons under coach Nikki Caldwell, who enters her fourth season with the program, was picked to finish right in the middle of the 14-team conference race.

The Lady Tigers totaled 122 points, putting them behind preseason favorite South Carolina (210), Tennessee (191), Texas A&M (179), Kentucky (154), Vanderbilt (150) and Georgia (132).

The second half of the conference has Mississippi State (108), Florida (96), Auburn (83), Arkansas and Missouri (77), Alabama (74) and Ole Miss (21).

Points were awarded on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis from each ballot received.

South Carolina, which returns all five starters from a 29-5 season a year ago and had the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class, is led by preseason SEC player of the year Tiffany Mitchell.

Joining Mitchell on the preseason all-conference team are teammate Aleighsa Welch and Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison, who both received player of the year votes, as well as Mississippi State’s Martha Atwal and Texas A&M’s Courtney Walker.

The SEC preseason coaches poll will be released the week before the start of the regular season.

The men’s poll and preseason all-conference team will be announced Wednesday.


1. South Carolina, 210 points

2. Tennessee, 191

3. Texas A&M, 179

4. Kentucky, 154

5. Vanderbilt, 150

6. Georgia, 132

7. LSU, 122

8. Mississippi St., 108

9. Florida, 96

10. Auburn, 83

t11. Arkansas, 77

t11. Missouri, 77

13. Alabama, 74

14. Ole Miss, 21


Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina


Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Martha Atwal, Mississippi State

Alighsa Welch, South Carolina

Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

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