Kentucky sweeps All-SEC for player and coach in women's basketball

Bjorklund, Cain named to first team

The SEC announced its women's basketball postseason awards Tuesday, highlighted by Kentucky's Victoria Dunlap being named Player of the Year and Matthew Mitchell being named Coach of the Year.

Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund and Kelley Cain were named to the first team. Mississippi State's Armelie Lumanu was named Defensive Player of the Year, Alyssia Brewer was named 6th Woman of the Year, while Kentucky's A'dia Mathies was given Freshman of the Year honors.

First-team and second-team All-SEC honorees, All-Freshman team, All-Defensive team, along with Player, Coach and Freshman, Defensive Player, 6th Woman and Scholar-Athlete of the Year were chosen by the league's 12 coaches.

SEC Women's Basketball awards

First Team All-SEC

Ashley Houts, UG

*Victoria Dunlap, UK

*Allison Hightower, LSU

Bianca Thomas, UM

Alexis Rack, MSU

*Angie Bjorklund, UT

Kelley Cain, UT

Jence Rhoads, VU

Second Team All-SEC

Alli Smalley, AU

A'dia Mathies, UK

Shekinna Stricklen, UT

LaSondra Barrett, LSU

Armelie Lumanu, MSU

Kelsey Bone, SC

Valerie Nainima, SC

Merideth Marsh, VU

All-Freshman Team

Jennifer George, UF

Jasmine Hassell, UG

*Jasmine James, UG

*A'dia Mathies, UK

*Kelsey Bone, SC

Elan Brown, VU

*Tiffany Clarke, VU

All-Defensive Team

Victoria Dunlap, UK

Allison Hightower, LSU

Armelie Lumanu, MSU

Chanel Mokango, MSU

Kelley Cain, UT

Coach of the Year

Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky

Player of the Year

Victoria Dunlap, Kentucky

Freshman of the Year

A'dia Mathies, Kentucky

Defensive Player of the Year

Armelie Lumanu, Mississippi State

6th Woman of the Year

Alyssia Brewer, Tennessee

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee

* - indicates unanimous choice

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hpardue#1374161 writes:

we cant let up now during tournament time the teams that hadnt won many will beat you let play hard and win i know we have a young team they are still learnng but we have the best coach to get them through this go vols

easleychuck writes:

Championships, it's all about championships.

SoddyVol writes:

Lady Vols, from here on out lets have good teamwork and be champions. That trophy is worth much more than an award or two although you did get that too. More will come I'm sure of that.

jopad writes:

How can you leave Taber Spani off the freshman team!!!

tonyvick#213307 writes:

Glory if you commit on every play you will be player of the year before long. We know your capability and we want the rest of the world to find out. Go out there and show'em.

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to jopad:

How can you leave Taber Spani off the freshman team!!!

I agree, she should at least been on one of them!!!

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

Shekinna Stricklen should have been on the first team All SEC!!! Why wasn't Taber Spani on the all freshman team, she is just as good as the ones they had picked!!!! GO LADY VOLS! LETS BRING HOME THE SEC TOURNEY CHAMPIONSHIP ALONG WITH THE REGULAR SEASON!!! PLAY HARD!!!

ontheopenroad writes:

Taber missed quite a few SEC games with her toe problem, and I don't think that her stats in the SEC games were that exceptional. That one I can understand.

I can't believe that Shekinna was not first team!

Glad to see Alyssia get some love!

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Well, like Sylvia Fowles getting the SEC MVP in 2007 and then Candace Parker beating LSU in SECCG this year I hope Pat Summitt puts KY out of the SEC tourney as kind of a 'take that'.

RLL59 writes:

I think the LV's did pretty well with 2 on the first team and one on the second, plus Brewer getting best sub. Strickland arguably deserved a first team selection, and if the coaches were choosing up sides, I'm sure she would have been there. But the Lady Vols don't promote their players very well, and the trashing of individual players in the press after the games doesn't exactly enhance player reputations with those making the selections. Hopefully, they weren't following all the negative comments on this Board about Strickland's play at the point.

Kentucky was picked for 11th in the preseason SEC poll and finished second. TN was picked 2nd and finished first. I'll bet that Coach Summitt was second in the poll, and that's neither surprising nor unfair.

AllforTenn writes:

When you have a team which doesn't rely on one or two players, but shares the scoring and defense, you do not have a "player of the year'" etc. I wouldn't swap one of the Lady Vols for any one of the award winners. Our freshmen or upper class women didn't have the opportunity for individual honors, though they might have garnered them on other teams.

Down_The_Field writes:

congrats to the lady vols.

the rest can go play in the traffic.

btw -we know who the "real" coach of the year is.

mgdchvol writes:

Go Lady Vols!!

dvhill100 writes:

Win all the way and beat Gino in the championship.

ps11824 writes:

These pics suit me fine. Voters noticed when Strick and Glory took games off. You just cannot do that and win individual awards. Those LVs not chosen influenced the vote by not laying it on the line 100% of the time.

The SEC a most exceptional conference this season. There have been better teams, but never more parity in my recollection. Any team on any given night could take a W. (unless you were playing the LVs) : )

Not to worry, The Lady Vols are a team, a top-seeded team holding the Conference Championship Title. That's a team honor. None of the others selected (except our very own LVs) can claim it. The entire program can claim it. Fans can even claim it. It's ours, baby. Now's our chance to claim the Tournament Championship. Win that and go for more, one game at a time.

Millisa writes:

I agree Stricklen should have been 1st team and Congrats to Angie, Kelly,and Alyssia

bmaples writes:

The Kentucky coach has done at Kentucky what Bruce Pearl has done at UT -- taken a program bordering on irrelevancy (third behind men's basketball and football) and made it both a winner and relevant to the everyday fan. The coaching job he has done this year has been amazing, and he will keep doing it. UK is going to be one of the Lady Vols main rivals, even more than now.

As for Player of the Year -- sorry, I haven't seen any of the Lady Vols that have shown me what the UK player has. Next year? Hope so. But for now, I'm happy that the UK folks got the recognition they deserve.

As for the Lady Vols -- an SEC tourney championship, a #1 seed, and either Elite Eight or Final Four would be, in my opinion, a _great_ year with this young team. Would I LOVE to see them win it all? Of course. But I also realize how far they have come.

Today, it's congrats to the UK folks. Next week, and in a month, let's have some congrats for the Lady Vols.

PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

Congratulations on all the selections! Now lets bring home the SEC tournament trophy and secure a number one seed and get to play in your home state. Go lady vols!

SoddyVol writes:

in response to RLL59:

I think the LV's did pretty well with 2 on the first team and one on the second, plus Brewer getting best sub. Strickland arguably deserved a first team selection, and if the coaches were choosing up sides, I'm sure she would have been there. But the Lady Vols don't promote their players very well, and the trashing of individual players in the press after the games doesn't exactly enhance player reputations with those making the selections. Hopefully, they weren't following all the negative comments on this Board about Strickland's play at the point.

Kentucky was picked for 11th in the preseason SEC poll and finished second. TN was picked 2nd and finished first. I'll bet that Coach Summitt was second in the poll, and that's neither surprising nor unfair.

I Consider it a compliment that we were predicted to finish 2nd looking at last years performance. That shows how much respect they have for Coach Summitt. It also means we are less likely to get Player & Coach of the Year.

jdcdjc writes:

We got a couple of awards, but I don't think we got the respect we deserved, let's go LV's and show them in the SEC tourney and carry it on thru to the NCAA.
Go Vols

ps11824 writes:

IMHO we got some nice props. I especially like that Lyssie was recognized for her clutch performance. The kid has come a long way from the days chewing on her mouthpiece and flinging the ball into the upper deck ad-nauseam. BJ has saved some games for us and Kelley has been a beast at times. Stricklen will get that accolade sooner than later. Congrats, LVs.

ladivolfan writes:

My guess is that of all of the Lady Vol awards, the one she is most proud of is Angie's Scholar Athlete of the Year.

RLL59 writes:

in response to SoddyVol:

I Consider it a compliment that we were predicted to finish 2nd looking at last years performance. That shows how much respect they have for Coach Summitt. It also means we are less likely to get Player & Coach of the Year.

Agreed. But what coach doesn't respect Pat Summitt? Their preseason pick was also due to them finishing an uncharacteristic 5th in 2009, and getting almost their entire team back, while the teams ahead of them were losing significant contributors.

I don't think it affects player of the year, but it means that Coach Summitt won't get as much credit for a turn-around as someone who's picked for eleventh and finishes second.

BigRMan writes:

Awards are nice, but wins and titles are better. The KY. coach Mitchell and Dawn Staley with South Carolina did much for their respective universities. Considering the plight of our Lady Vols last year, this year is like a breath of fresh air. The improvement in Cain and Stricklen especially. Brewer's valuable contributions in both starting and reserve roles. Do the Lady Vols have room for improvement? Of course, but if the amount of maturation evolves during the SEC Tourney and a deep run is made to the Elite 8 or Final Four, with Baugh, Dupree, and possibly Gray coming back next year and a key recruit or 2, Tennessee is once again among the elite teams in women's college hoops.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Kudoes to the Lady Kats.

rockytopron writes:

in response to ps11824:

These pics suit me fine. Voters noticed when Strick and Glory took games off. You just cannot do that and win individual awards. Those LVs not chosen influenced the vote by not laying it on the line 100% of the time.

The SEC a most exceptional conference this season. There have been better teams, but never more parity in my recollection. Any team on any given night could take a W. (unless you were playing the LVs) : )

Not to worry, The Lady Vols are a team, a top-seeded team holding the Conference Championship Title. That's a team honor. None of the others selected (except our very own LVs) can claim it. The entire program can claim it. Fans can even claim it. It's ours, baby. Now's our chance to claim the Tournament Championship. Win that and go for more, one game at a time.

Let me guess, you "lay it on the line 100% of the time" at your job... don't think so. Stop harping on that and appreciate that these girls are 19 & 20 years old & playing a game that in the grand scheme of things means very little. It's rare that any player plays like that, even Peyton Manning doesn't give 100% - 100% of the time, it's not humaningly possible.

johnlg00 writes:

The ACC women's tournament starts tomorrow here in Greensboro, and the local paper had a nice article on the front page of the sports section on Kellie Jolly Harper, praising her for saving the NC State program after the long decline and death of Kay Yow. The Lady Wolfpack finished only 17-12 overall and 7-7 in the league, good for a sixth seed in the tourney, but they were picked a good deal lower than that, and of course there was considerable controversy over Kellie getting the job over Stephanie Glance, Yow's choice as her successor and an assistant with the Lady Vols this year. One good sign for Kellie going forward is the fact that one of her players was ACC Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-ACC selection. Almost everybody seems to think that Kellie did an exceptional job, both in improving the team on the court and weathering the political firestorm over her hiring. I'll let everyone know how they do in the tournament. They are at best a bubble team for the NCAAs right now.

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