SEC Coaches Pick UK Hoops to Finish Fourth

Nov. 5, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Southeastern Conference's head coaches have selected the Kentucky women's basketball team to finish fourth in the preseason poll released today. Senior guard Jennifer O'Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) also was selected to the All-SEC First Team, while senior guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis) was named to the All-SEC Second Team.

O'Neill, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, was named the SEC Co-6th Woman of the Year last year after averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game off the bench. O'Neill scored in double figures in 23 games, including netting a school-record 43 points in UK's thrilling four-overtime win vs. No. 9 Baylor. Goss, a 5-10 senior guard, was the team's third-leading scorer with 10.2 points per game last season and she set a new UK single-season record when she hit 90.1 percent from the free throw line (127-of-141).

Like the preseason SEC media poll released in October, South Carolina was the favorite to win the title, followed by Tennessee (169), Texas A&M (144), Kentucky (135), Georgia (108), Vanderbilt (107), and LSU (94) rounding out the top half of the league. Mississippi State (87), Florida (86), Auburn (53), Missouri (48), Arkansas (40), Alabama (25) and Ole Miss (23) round out the bottom half.

The Wildcats open the 2014-15 campaign with an exhibition game against Pikeville on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live on SEC Network +. Events on SEC Network + are exclusively available on SECNetwork.com - and on WatchESPN via computers, smartphones and tablets.

Season tickets for UK's entire 15-game regular-season home schedule are on sale now for $65 at www.ukhoopstix.com although lower-level chair backs ($80) are sold out. Single-game tickets are also on sale through the UK Ticket Office or www.ticketmaster.com. Single-game reserved tickets are $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5. Children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area and UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free for all games with valid identification.

Single-game Baylor tickets in Rupp Arena are $9 for lower level reserved and $8 for upper level general admission. Youth (ages 6-18) and senior citizens (ages 65 and up) are only $5. Baylor tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Joe Craft Ticket Office. Office hours are 9 a.m. ET - 4:30 p.m. ET. Groups of 10 or more are $2 each in reserved and general admission areas and can ONLY be purchased by calling the UK ticket office directly.

Order of Finish

  1. South Carolina - 169
  2. Tennessee - 155
  3. Texas A&M - 144
  4. Kentucky - 135
  5. Georgia - 108
  6. Vanderbilt - 107
  7. LSU - 94
  8. Mississippi State - 87
  9. Florida - 86
  10. Auburn - 53
  11. Missouri - 48
  12. Arkansas - 40
  13. Alabama - 25
  14. Ole Miss - 23

Player of the Year

  • Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

First Team All-SEC

  • Jessica Jackson, Arkansas
  • Jennifer O'Neill, Kentucky
  • Danielle Ballard, LSU
  • Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
  • Alaina Coates, South Carolina
  • Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
  • Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
  • Bashaara Graves, Tennessee
  • Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee
  • Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

  • Kayla Lewis, Florida
  • Shacobie Barbee, Georgia
  • Bria Goss, Kentucky
  • Tia Faleru, Ole Miss
  • Morgan Eye, Missouri
  • Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
  • Courtney Williams, Texas A&M
  • Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt