Three South Carolina women’s players were named second team All-SEC on Wednesday, while Gamecocks joined the league’s All-Freshman and All-Defensive squads.
Guards La’Keisha Sutton, Markeshia Grant and Ieasia Walker from the nation’s 25th-ranked team all received second-team honors from the SEC coaches.
Sutton is the team’s leading scorer in SEC games with 11.8 points a game, which puts her 12th in the league. Grant is second at 10.6 points a game, good enough for 20th in the conference. Walker’s 3.7 assists in league games ranks fifth in the SEC.
Sutton, a senior from Trenton, N.J., also was named to the All-Defensive team. The Gamecocks led the league and is fourth in the nation in scoring defense, holding teams to under 50 points a game during the entire 2010-11 season.
Forward Aleighsa Welch was named to the All-Freshman team. The 6-footer from Goose Creek averages 8.3 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds in SEC games. She’s 12th in the league in rebounding.
Welch is expected to play in the SEC tournament starting Thursday after missing the final two regular-seasons games with a sprained knee.
The No. 6-seeded Gamecocks (21-8, 10-6) face No. 11 Alabama in the first round with the winner playing No. 3-seed Georgia, the nation’s 16th-ranked team.
A’dia Mathies of Kentucky won player of the year and Tom Collen of Arkansas was named coach of the year.
First Team All-SEC
C'eira Ricketts, Arkansas
Jennifer George, Florida
Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky
LaSondra Barrett, LSU
Glory Johnson, Tennessee
Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt
Second Team All-SEC
Sarah Watkins, Arkansas
Jasmine Hassell, Georgia
La'Keisha Sutton, South Carolina
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt
Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt
Ieasia Walker, South Carolina
Markeshia Grant, South Carolina
Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss
Diamber Johnson, Mississippi State