Elliott, Mahoney tabbed as All-SEC

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Seniors Sarah Elliott (McKee, Ky.) and Samantha Mahoney (Detroit) were named to the preseason All-SEC team as selected by league coaches and announced by the conference office Thursday. The league coaches also picked Kentucky to finish sixth in the standings.

Elliott is Kentucky’s leading returning scorer from last season. The 6-6 center averaged 13.5 points per game, including 14.0 ppg in league play. She also led the team in blocks with 50 and was second in rebounds with 7.0 rpg. She needs just 18 more blocks to break the school record for blocks in a career held by Valerie Still with 156.

Mahoney was second on the team and 16th in the SEC in scoring last season, averaging 12.4 ppg. The 5-10 guard scored in double-figures in each of the team’s WNIT games, averaging a squad-best 14.0 ppg mark during postseason play. This marks the third consecutive year Mahoney has been named to the All-SEC preseason squad.

Points were compiled on a 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction, while each player received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players. This is the fourth-annual preseason All-SEC team for women’s basketball. The Wildcats have placed a member on a preseason all-SEC team in each of the four years.

School (First-place votes) Points 2006-07 SEC Overall Record
Tennessee (9) 119 14-0 34-3
LSU (2) 112 10-4 30-8
Georgia 102 11-3 27-7
Vanderbilt 81 10-4 28-6
Auburn 77 6-8 21-13
Kentucky 73 6-8 20-14
Mississippi State 64 7-7 18-14
Ole Miss 41 9-5 24-11
Arkansas 43 3-11 18-13
South Carolina 37 6-8 18-15
Florida 28 2-12 9-22
Alabama 11 0-14 10-20

OVERALL CHAMPION: Tennessee (9); LSU (2)

First Team All-SEC School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown
Lauren Ervin Arkansas P 6-3 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
DeWanna Bonner Auburn G 6-4 Jr. Fairfield, Ala.
Tasha Humphrey Georgia# F 6-3 Sr. Gainesville, Ga.
Sylvia Fowles LSU# C 6-6 Sr. Miami, Fla.
Erica White LSU G 5-3 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Candace Parker Tennessee# F/C/G 6-4 Jr. Naperville, Ill.
Nicky Anosike Tennessee F/C 6-4 Sr. Staten Island, N.Y.
Alexis Hornbuckle Tennessee G 5-11 Sr. Charleston, W.V.
Christina Wirth Vanderbilt G/F 6-1 Jr. Mesa, Ariz.

Second Team All-SEC School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown
Sha Brooks Florida G 5-7 Jr. Jackson, Tenn.
Marshae Dotson Florida F 5-11 Jr. Columbus, Ohio
Ashley Houts Georgia G 5-6 So. Trenton, Ga.
Sarah Elliott Kentucky C 6-6 Sr. McKee, Ky.
Samantha Mahoney Kentucky G 5-10 Sr. Detroit, Mich.
Quianna Chaney LSU G 5-11 Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
Imesia Jackson Mississippi St. F 6-1 Sr. Crawford, Miss.
Shannon Bobbitt Tennessee G 5-4 Sr. New York, N.Y.
Liz Sherwood Vanderbilt C 6-4 Sr. Castle Rock, Colo.

Player of the Year: Candace Parker, UT (8); Sylvia Fowles, LSU (3); Tasha Humphrey, UG (1)

#-Unanimous Selection; Ties are not broken

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