SEC Coaches Pick UK Hoops to Finish Fourth

Jennifer O’Neill and Bria Goss named preseason All-SEC

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Southeastern Conference’s head coaches have selected the Kentucky women’s basketball team to finish fourth in the preseason poll released today. Senior guard Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) also was selected to the All-SEC First Team, while senior guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis) was named to the All-SEC Second Team.

 

O’Neill, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, was named the SEC Co-6th Woman of the Year last year after averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game off the bench. O’Neill scored in double figures in 23 games, including netting a school-record 43 points in UK’s thrilling four-overtime win vs. No. 9 Baylor. Goss, a 5-10 senior guard, was the team’s third-leading scorer with 10.2 points per game last season and she set a new UK single-season record when she hit 90.1 percent from the free throw line (127-of-141).

 

Like the preseason SEC media poll released in October, South Carolina was the favorite to win the title, followed by Tennessee (169), Texas A&M (144), Kentucky (135), Georgia (108), Vanderbilt (107), and LSU (94) rounding out the top half of the league. Mississippi State (87), Florida (86), Auburn (53), Missouri (48), Arkansas (40), Alabama (25) and Ole Miss (23) round out the bottom half.

 

The Wildcats open the 2014-15 campaign with an exhibition game against Pikeville on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live on SEC Network +. Events on SEC Network + are exclusively available on SECNetwork.com  and on WatchESPN via computers, smartphones and tablets.

 

Season tickets for UK’s entire 15-game regular-season home schedule are on sale now for $65 at www.ukhoopstix.com although lower-level chair backs ($80) are sold out. Single-game tickets are also on sale through the UK Ticket Office or www.Ticketmaster.com. Single-game reserved tickets are $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5. Children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area and UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free for all games with valid identification.

Single-game Baylor tickets in Rupp Arena are $9 for lower level reserved and $8 for upper level general admission. Youth (ages 6-18) and senior citizens (ages 65 and up) are only $5. Baylor tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Joe Craft Ticket Office. Office hours are 9 a.m. ET – 4:30 p.m. ET. Groups of 10 or more are $2 each in reserved and general admission areas and can ONLY be purchased by calling the UK ticket office directly.

Order of Finish

  1. South Carolina           169
  2. Tennessee                155
  3. Texas A&M               144
  4. Kentucky                  135
  5. Georgia                     108
  6. Vanderbilt                  107
  7. LSU                          94
  8. Mississippi State       87
  9. Florida                       86
  10. Auburn                    53
  11. Missouri                  48
  12. Arkansas                 40
  13. Alabama                  25
  14. Ole Miss                  23

 

Player of the Year

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

 

First Team All-SEC

Jessica Jackson, Arkansas

Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky

Danielle Ballard, LSU

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Alaina Coates, South Carolina

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

 

Second Team All-SEC

Kayla Lewis, Florida

Shacobie Barbee, Georgia

Bria Goss, Kentucky

Tia Faleru, Ole Miss

Morgan Eye, Missouri

Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

Courtney Williams, Texas A&M

Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt

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