SEC honors UT's Simmons, Harrison, Carter

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WVLT/SUBMITTED) -- Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons and Isabelle Harrison were named to the All-Southeastern Conference First Team, and Andraya Carter was selected for the All-Freshman Team by the league’s coaches, conference officials announced on Tuesday.

Simmons earned All-SEC acclaim for the third time in her career, including first-team status for the second year in a row. Harrison and Carter, meanwhile, picked up their first league honors as Lady Vols.

A 5-foot-9 guard from Cibolo, Texas, Simmons ranks sixth in the league with a scoring average of 16.2 points per game, is eighth in the conference in field goal percentage at 44.5 and fifth in both three-point field goal percentage (37.6) and free throw percentage (80.2). She has scored 20 or more points on nine occasions in 2013-14, 30 or more twice and has led Tennessee in scoring on 12 occasions.

The senior has scored 471 points this season to run her four-year total to 1,958 and move into fifth on the school’s career scoring list, just 42 points from becoming only the fourth player in Lady Vol history to reach the 2,000-point plateau. The others in that exclusive club are Chamique Holdsclaw, Bridgette Gordon, Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings.

Harrison, a 6-3 center from Nashville, is averaging 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest to rank 18th and second, respectively, in the SEC this season. The junior’s field goal percentage of 58.4 leads the conference, and she ranks 15th in blocked shots at 1.1 per game. Harrison has recorded 15 double-doubles this season to rank second in the league, and that total places her No. 2 all-time among Lady Vol juniors just behind the 16 registered by Holdsclaw from 1995-99.

In league play, Harrison’s numbers are even higher. She’s is shooting 60 percent from the field and is averaging 14.2 per game to rank No. 1 and No. 14 in those categories. She is No. 2 in rebounding in 16 SEC games at 9.1 per contest.

A 5-9 guard, Carter came off the bench the first half of the season but has stepped into a starting role after junior point guard Ariel Massengale went down with an injury in the Florida game. She has done a remarkable job piloting the Lady Vols as a redshirt freshman, leading them to a 9-1 mark and closing the regular season with 14 points and zero turnovers in a 73-61 victory over #4/5 South Carolina on Sunday.

The native of Flowery Branch, Ga., Carter is averaging 6.9 points per game, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals while starting 15 of 29 games. Despite her youth, she has 69 assists compared to 35 turnovers and leads Tennessee with 45 steals. In the last 10 games, Carter is averaging 8.1 points per contest and shooting 49.1 from the field, 47.6 on threes and 71.4 from the charity stripe.

The decorated trio and their teammates will return to action on Friday, as they face the winner of the #10 LSU/#7 Alabama game at 6 p.m. in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. SportSouth will carry the game live from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.


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