Athens, GA - Balloting of league coaches predicted the Georgia Lady
Bulldogs to finish fourth during the upcoming basketball season. The coaches also voted Porsha Phillips to the eight-player All-SEC first team and Jasmine James to the second team.
Tennessee was the pre-season favorite to win the SEC title, followed by
Kentucky, LSU, the Lady Bulldogs and Vanderbilt in a tie for fourth, Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, Arkansas and Mississippi State.
Phillips also was named to the the five-player All-SEC second team by a panel of national and conference media last week. The 6-2, senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., averaged a team-best 8.2 rebounds last season, while also contributing 8.7 point per game. Phillips averaged a league-high 8.8 boards versus SEC competition and led Georgia with seven double-doubles.
James, a 5-9, sophomore from Memphis, Tenn., was Georgia's second-leading scorer a year ago at 11.5 points per game and also ranked among SEC individual leaders in steals and minutes played. She was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Week a league-record five times and led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring in 14 outings.
Points for the team predictions were compiled on an 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. Ties were not broken and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players.
The Lady Bulldogs will open their 2010-11 season two weeks from this Sunday when they host Georgia Southern at Stegeman Coliseum at 2 p.m. Georgia returns three starters James, Phillips and Meredith Mitchell and five additional letterwinners from last year's team that finished 25-9 and advanced to the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Georgia has added three freshman to its roster who comprised a top-10 recruiting class.