October 24th , 2012 9:15 am Leave a comment

SEC women: ’Cats favored, UT picked 3rd

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — 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.

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