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.