Kentucky, Mathies picked No. 1 by SEC coaches

The Southeastern Conference coaches picked the Kentucky as the team to beat in a pre-season poll released by the league on Tuesday morning.

Kentucky was tabbed as the team to beat and star senior A’dia Mathies was selected as pre-season Player of the Year. Sophomore guard Bria Goss, last year’s SEC Freshman of the Year, and junior forward Samarie Walker were voted onto the second team.

The sixth-ranked Cats, who return 10 letter winners and four starters from last season’s regular-season SEC champions. UK advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to Connecticut last season.

The coaches’ projected order of finish: Kentucky, Georgia, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisiana State, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Alabama, Missouri and Ole Miss.

Players are listed below:

First Team All-SEC

Sarah Watkins, Arkansas

Jennifer George, Florida

Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia

Jasmine Hassell, Georgia

A’dia Mathies, Kentucky

Meighan Simmons, Tennessee

Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M

Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt

Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt

 Second Team All-SEC

Jasmine James, Georgia

Bria Goss, Kentucky

Samarie Walker, Kentucky

Adrienne Webb, LSU

Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss

Ieasia Walker, South Carolina

Ariel Massengale, Tennessee

Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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