Birmingham, Ala.--Auburn senior guard Alli Smalley has been named to the All-SEC Women’s Basketball First Team chosen by the league’s coaches.
The former Arab High star finished the regular season averaging 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
“It is definitely a huge honor because the SEC is such a great conference and there are so many great players in the league,” Smalley says. “It was a goal coming into the season, but not something I thought about a lot. I would trade it for a few more wins, but it is a great honor, nonetheless.”
As a junior Smalley was a second team All-SEC selection.
Auburn coach Nell Fortner says, “I think it is awesome and a real tribute to Alli, how hard she has worked in this program and to finally be recognized as the great player she is.
“She is one of those players that is a consummate team player and competitor,” Fortner adds. “I am so proud of her and this honor for her.”
Smalley drives to the basket. As a sophomore she started on Auburn's SEC Championship team.
As four-year starter for the Tigers, she is ninth in Auburn history in points with 1,557. She has 218 three-pointers, which is a school record.
Shekinna Stricklen of Tennessee was named the SEC Player of the year and UT’s Pat Summitt was named SEC Coach of the Year while Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Kentucky’s Victoria Dunlap was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Joining Smalley, Stricklen and Dunlap on the All-SEC first team are LaSondra Barrett (LSU), Tierney Jenkins (Alabama), Porsha Phillips (Georgia) and Jence Rhoads (Vanderbilt).
Second team All-SEC selections include Jasmine Lister and Stephanie Holzer of Vanderbilt, Kaneisha Horn, (Alabama), Jaterra Bonds (Florida), Khaalidah Miller (Georgia), Bernisha Pinkett (Kentucky), Valencia Mcfarland (Ole Miss) and Meighan Simmons of Tennessee.
Smalley and the Tigers, who are 15-14 overall and 8-8 in the SEC, will play Mississippi State at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., in the opening round of the SEC Tournament. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.
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