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Lady Vols rake in SEC's top honors

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WRCB/SEC) -- Regular season champion Tennessee captured some of the SEC's top individual honors Tuesday when the league announced its postseason awards.

Holly Warlick, in her debut season as head coach after following legendary Lady Vols' leader Pat Summitt, was named the SEC Coach of the Year. UT finished 14-2 in league play and stands 23-6 overall heading into this week's SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga.

Two of Warlick's stars took home major awards as well, with junior guard Meighan Simmons sharing Player of the Year honors with Kentucky's A'dia Mathies and forward Bashaara Graves being named Freshman of the Year.

The Southeastern Conference announced its 2013 women's basketball postseason awards Tuesday, highlighted by Kentucky's A'dia Mathies and Tennessee's Meighan Simmons being named Co-Players of the Year and Bashaara Graves named Freshman of the Year.

Simmons is the seventh Lady Vol in school history to be named SEC Player of the Year. A second-team all-league selection by the coaches and Associated Press in 2011, Simmons made the All-SEC First Team in 2013 for the first time in her career after leading the league in scoring at 17.7 points per game.

She also ranks in the SEC's top ten in free throw percentage, 3-point percentage, field goal percentage and minutes played.

 Graves is the top SEC freshman in scoring (14.3), rebounding (8.5) and field goal percentage (51.2), but also ranks in the top ten in the league scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. She is the eighth Lady Vol to win the freshman honor.

Georgia's Jasmine Hassell was also a first-team all-SEC selection, while teammate Jasmine James made the second-team roster. UGA's Shacobia Barbee doubled up on the postseason list, earning mention on both the all-defensive team and the all-freshman team.

2013 SEC Postseason Awards

Coach of the Year: Holly Warlick, Tennessee
Co-Players of the Year: A'dia Mathies, Kentucky/Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
Freshman of the Year: Bashaara Graves, Tennessee
Defensive Player of the Year: Ieasia Walker, South Carolina
Co-6th Woman of the Year: Sarah Watkins, Arkansas/Morgan Eye, Missouri
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Blanche Alverson, Auburn

All-SEC First Team
Jasmine Hassell, Georgia

A'dia Mathies, Kentucky
DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky
Theresa Plaisance, LSU
Ieasia Walker, South Carolina
Bashaara Graves, Tennessee
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee

Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M
Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt 

All-SEC Second Team
Hasina Muhammad, Auburn
Jennifer George, Florida
Jasmine James, Georgia
Samarie Walker, Kentucky
Adrienne Webb, LSU
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Bri Kulas, Missouri
Ashley Bruner, South Carolina
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
Adrienne Pratcher, Texas A&M
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt

All-Defensive Team
Jennifer George, Florida
Shacobia Barbee, Georgia
Samarie Walker, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Theresa Plaisance, LSU
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Ieasia Walker, South Carolina

All-Freshman Team
Sydney Moss, Florida
Shacobia Barbee, Georgia
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Lianna Doty, Missouri
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Bashaara Graves, Tennessee
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
Heather Bowe, Vanderbilt

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