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2 Razorbck Women named to preseason All-SEC Team

11/8/2011 10:26 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas senior C’eria Ricketts and junior Sarah Watkins were selected to the 2011 Southeastern Conference preseason All-SEC team, the league announced today.

            Tom Collen’s Razorback women’s basketball team was selected eighth in a vote by the SEC coaches as well.

            “We as a staff are excited for C’eria and Sarah to be recognized as two of the top players in the SEC by the league’s coaches,” Collen said.  “That is certainly a testament to all of the hard work and success they have had coming into this season.  C’eira and Sarah along with Ashley (Daniels) and Lyndsay (Harris) are our leaders and they will have to play well for us to be successful this season.

            “Of course our goal as a staff and as a team is to finish higher than our projected eighth place pick,” Collen continued.  “This is a starting place and we all know that the only thing that matters is the final poll and where we finish.  I think this will inspire us to reach even higher.”

            Arkansas enters the season with fifth-year head coach Tom Collen and all five returning starters, including Ricketts and Watkins, from last year’s 22-12 team.  The Razorbacks started the season with 12 consecutive wins, the second-longest winning streak in program history, defeated two top 15 teams at home, found themselves in the national polls for several weeks and advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT last year.

            Arkansas is scheduled to open the season this weekend facing Minnesota, Florida State and South Florida in back-to-back-to-back games as part of the WBI Tip-Off Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

            The Razorbacks open at home Nov. 16 hosing Texas-Arlington in an 11 a.m. game that welcomes area elementary students.

            Season tickets for Razorback women’s basketball games are on sale at the Razorback Ticket Center by calling 1-800-982-HOGS or by going on-line at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.  Ticket packages are $90 and include admission to 17 regular season games at Bud Walton Arena.

            For more information regarding Razorback women’s basketball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

 

 

 

2011 Southeastern Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll

 

 

School                                                                             POINTS

1.       Tennessee                                                                120

2.       Kentucky                                                                100

3.       Georgia                                                                   98

4.       LSU                                                                         96

5.       Florida                                                                    92

6.       Vanderbilt                                                              85

7.       South Carolina                                                      62

8.       ARKANSAS                                                            57

9.       Auburn                                                                   39

10.     Alabama                                                                 29

11.     Mississippi State                                                     25

12.     Ole Miss                                                                  16

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC      

Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee

LaSondra Barrett, LSU

A'dia Mathies, Kentucky

Glory Johnson, Tennessee

C’eira Ricketts, Arkansas

Stephanie Holzer, Vanderbilt

Meighan Simmons, Tennessee

Jasmine James, Georgia

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC

La'Keisha Sutton, South Carolina

Ieashia Walker, South Carolina

Adrienne Webb, LSU

Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss

Ericka Russell, Alabama

Jasmine Hassell, Georgia

Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt

Sarah Watkins, Arkansas

 

PLAYER?OF?THE?YEAR                                                 POINTS

Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee                                         6

Glory Johnson, Tennessee                                               3

Meighan Simmons, Tennessee                                        1

Lasondra Barrett, LSU                                                     1

A'dia Mathies, Kentucky                                                 1

 

 

 

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