The preseason honors continue to roll in.
A day after the USA Today/coaches’ poll made South Carolina the consensus No. 2 team in the country, The Associated Press tabbed Gamecocks junior guard Tiffany Mitchell as a preseason All-American on Tuesday. Senior forward Aleighsa Welch received votes.
Mitchell, the reigning SEC Player of the Year, was named a WBCA All-American last year and made the third-team AP All-American squad. She was first-team All-SEC and a member of the all-SEC defensive unit after leading the Gamecocks with 15.5 points per game and ranking seventh in the SEC with 1.8 steals per game.
Mitchell was named preseason SEC Player of the Year by the media and is attempting to become just the seventh player in league history to repeat the honor. She received 33 of a possible 35 votes for All-America.
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Welch was an honorable mention AP All-American last year as well as a first-team All-SEC member. She was named to the preseason first-team All-SEC squad after averaging 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last year.
The Gamecocks begin their season at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 by hosting Southern Cal.
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PRESEASON AP ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, 5-10, junior, 35 votes (18.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 51.7 fg pct, 39.8 3-pt fg pct, 80.8 ft pct, 1.6 steals)
Breanna Stewart, UConn, 6-4, junior, 35 (19.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.8 blocks, 1.6 steals)
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina, 5-9, junior, 33 (15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 54.1 3-pt fg pct, 1.8 steals)
Elizabeth Williams, Duke, 6-3, senior, 24 (13.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 52.6 fg pct, 3.1 blocks, 1.3 steals)
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn, 5-11, senior, 17 (13.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 41.3 3-pt fg pct, 90.9 ft pct)
Others receiving votes (alphabetical): Jillian Alleyne, Oregon; Rachel Banham, Minnesota; Nina Davis, Baylor; Nneka Enemkpali, Texas; Reshanda Gray, California; Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee; Bria Holmes, West Virginia; Brittany Hrynko, DePaul; Amber Orrange, Stanford; Courtney Walker, Texas A&M; Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina; Kayla Woodward, Wyoming