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Media tabs South Carolina to win SEC women's basketball title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTVA/SEC) — South Carolina was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship in a voting of a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

As the reigning SEC regular season champions, South Carolina returns all five starters from last season's title team and lost just two letter winners from a squad that went 29-5 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Headlining the experienced lineup will be SEC Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell, whose international experience over the summer has added depth and leadership to her game.

Two-time All-SEC selection Aleighsa Welch looks to close out her career with another great season, and SEC All-Defensive Team selection Elem Ibiam is ready for a final assault on the blocked shots record book.

Center Alaina Coates will be back to patrol the paint. Staley and her staff also added the nation's No. 2 signing class to this season's already stacked roster. The group includes a pair of top-10 signees in No. 1 A'ja Wilson and No. 7 Jatarie White.

South Carolina tops the order of finish with 210 points, with Tennessee (191), Texas A&M (179), Kentucky (154), Vanderbilt (150), Georgia (132) and LSU (122) rounding out the top half the league. Mississippi State (108), Florida (96), Auburn (83), Arkansas (77), Missouri (77), Alabama (74) and Ole Miss (21) round out the bottom half.

South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell was the overwhelming choice for SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Year with 11 votes, Mitchell's teammate Aleighsa Welch and Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison also received votes.

Joining Mitchell, Welch and Harrison on the All-SEC Team are Martha Alwal, Mississippi State and Courtney Walker, Texas A&M.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team and the Preseason SEC Player of the Year.

The SEC Women's Basketball Coaches Poll will be released the week prior to the season.

SEC Champion

South Carolina

Order of Finish

1. South Carolina (210)

2. Tennessee (191)

3. Texas A&M (179)

4. Kentucky (154)

5. Vanderbilt (150)

6. Georgia (132)

7. LSU (122)

8. Mississippi State (108)

9. Florida (96)

10. Auburn (83)

T11. Arkansas (77)

T11. Missouri (77)

13. Alabama (74)

14. Ole Miss (21)

Player of the Year

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Preseason All-SEC

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M






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