Meighan Simmons named third-team All-American

Lady Vols guard Meighan Simmons (10) makes a pass during practice at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Saturday, March 30, 2013. The Lady Vols will play the Oklahoma Sooners at 4:30pm EST Sunday, March 31. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Lady Vols guard Meighan Simmons (10) makes a pass during practice at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Saturday, March 30, 2013. The Lady Vols will play the Oklahoma Sooners at 4:30pm EST Sunday, March 31. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Meighan Simmons was honored last month as one of the top women’s basketball players in the SEC.

On Tuesday, Tennessee’s junior guard was recognized as one of the nation’s best. She was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.

Simmons was named co-conference player of the year, as voted by the league coaches. She shared the award with Kentucky guard A’dia Mathies, who made AP’s second-team All-America squad.

Simmons is Tennessee’s leading scorer, averaging 17 points per game heading into Tuesday’s Elite Eight game against Louisville at the Oklahoma City regional. She was second on the team in steals with 49.

A shooting slump has diminished Simmons’ scoring in the NCAA tournament. For the first three games, she was averaging 11 points per game and shooting 28.2 percent from the floor (11 for 39).

Simmons shot 1 for 15 against Oklahoma on Sunday. UT head coach Holly Warlick said, “that’s obviously unusual for her” but also added, “what I loved about Meighan and what she did, she didn’t let her offense affect her defense.”

Simmons was joined on AP’s third team by Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone, Duke’s Elizabeth Williams, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Kayla McBride of Notre Dame.

Baylor stars Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims made the first team along with Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne.

Mathies was joined on the second team by Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Penn State’s Maggie Lucas and Duke’s Chelsea Gray.

Not Traveling: Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt did not join a UT traveling party for Tuesday’s game.

The evening tipoff and late return time factored into the decision.

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Comments » 8

vol98champ writes:

We have one of the top 15 in the country. Louisville has none. Our top 15 is a no show so far. I said we had to match 3 with 3. If we were it would be a good game.

vol98champ writes:

I also said we have to control the lanes and the boards. How is that going so far?

Volinflan writes:

They all played horrible during the first half. I mean, did anyone have a good 20 min?

RashaadSalabeb writes:

I was worried about Louisville. They've gotten hot at the right time. I love my Vols and Lady Vols though no matter what. Fight on Ladies! You are Tennessee....act like it!

Go Big Orange!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Too bad Simmons is a junior and not a senior. Because I'm honestly ready to see her go. She thinks she's hot stuff.

tomkats3242 writes:

Who cares what team she is on. She did not help UT in the dance but pouted. UT needs to recruit some big girls who can play defense and who can hustle and someone that can shoot free throws. The girls were out played and lacked the UT spirit that we are use too. WHO IS COACHING DEFENSE. It was certain no one at UT is. Poor effort, they must be reading adams articles about themselves in the KNS.

Volinflan writes:

in response to tomkats3242:

Who cares what team she is on. She did not help UT in the dance but pouted. UT needs to recruit some big girls who can play defense and who can hustle and someone that can shoot free throws. The girls were out played and lacked the UT spirit that we are use too. WHO IS COACHING DEFENSE. It was certain no one at UT is. Poor effort, they must be reading adams articles about themselves in the KNS.

It wasn't Simmons that ended their season it was Massengale. Good teams have a Schimmel or a Diggens, we have a ______?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Volinflan:

It wasn't Simmons that ended their season it was Massengale. Good teams have a Schimmel or a Diggens, we have a ______?

Clearly, the whole perimeter contingent shoulders most of the blame for this loss. They weren't hitting outside, they weren't defending Louisville's guards, and they weren't feeding the posts where the LVs had a decided edge. Both the men and the women need to do a LOT of work in the offseason on feeding the posts, since that is where the main strength of both teams lies. The post players also need a LOT of work on getting good position to receive passes and a repertoire of decisive moves to score once they get it. The LV posts get WAY too many shots blocked by smaller defenders; at least Stokes had the excuse of often NOT being taller than the players guarding him.

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