Hasina Muhammad Named Preseason All-SEC Second Team

Nov. 5, 2013

AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn junior Hasina Muhammad was selected to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by a vote of the league's coaches, the SEC announced Tuesday. The Tigers were also picked to finish eighth in the SEC in the preseason poll.

Muhammad, a native of Memphis, Tenn., earned second-team honors after averaging 14.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last year. She scored in double figures in 26 games as a junior, scoring 20 or more in eight games, and led Auburn in scoring in a team-high 14 games.

Auburn, under the direction of second-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, was picked to finish eighth in the SEC in the coaches' vote. Points were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction with coaches not able to vote on their own team. Tennessee was predicted to win the 2014 SEC title with 167 points and 11 of the 14 first-place votes.

Kentucky followed Tennessee with 159 points, with LSU (134), Vanderbilt (124), South Carolina (121), Texas A&M (121) and Georgia (104) rounding out the top half of the league. Auburn (72), Missouri (69), Florida (60), Mississippi State (51), Arkansas (42), Ole Miss (25) and Alabama (24) round out the bottom half.

Tennessee's Meighan Simmons was the coaches' choice for SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Year with seven votes. The remaining votes were for Kentucky's DeNesha Stallworth, LSU's Theresa Plaisance and Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie.

Joining the quartet on the Preseason All-SEC First Team were Aleighsha Welch (South Carolina), Bashaara Graves (Tennessee), Courtney Walker (Texas A&M) and Jasmine Lister (Vanderbilt).

Muhammad was on the All-SEC Second Team, along with Jaterra Bonds (Florida), Shacobie Barbee (Georgia), Samarie Walker (Kentucky), Jennifer O'Neil (Kentucky), Danielle Ballard (LSU), Valencia McFarland (Ole Miss) and Martha Alwal (Mississippi State).

The Tigers return three starters and five letterwinners from last season's team that went 19-15 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women's NIT in Williams-Flournoy's first season as head coach. Auburn welcomes eight newcomers for the 2013-14 season.

The Tigers will open the season on Saturday, Nov. 9 as Auburn hosts Georgia Southern at 6 p.m. CT, at Auburn Arena. The Tigers will play a 14-game home schedule this year with games against Tulane, St. John's, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Georgia and in-state rival Alabama.

Season tickets are on sale now with packages starting as low as $50. New for the season, fans can purchase the Auburn Women's Basketball Flex Pack. The Flex Pack offers fans the opportunity to purchase six games of their choice for $24. Flex Packs went on sale on Oct. 21 and single-game tickets will go on sale on Nov. 4. For more information on tickets, go to AUBTix.com or call 1-855-282-2010.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
SEC Champion: Tennessee (11); Kentucky (3)
Player of the Year: Meighan Simmons, Tennessee (7); DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky (3); Theresa Plaisance, LSU (3); Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt (1)

Order of Finish
1. Tennessee (11) - 167
2. Kentucky (3) - 159
3. LSU - 134
4. Vanderbilt - 124
T5. South Carolina - 121
T5. Texas A&M - 121
7. Georgia - 104
8. Auburn - 72
9. Missouri - 69
10. Florida - 60
11. Mississippi State - 51
12. Arkansas - 42
13. Ole Miss - 25
14. Alabama - 24

Preseason All-SEC First Team
DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky
Theresa Plaisance, LSU
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
Bashaara Graves, Tennessee
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt

Preseason All-SEC Second Team
Hasina Muhammad, Auburn
Jaterra Bonds, Florida
Shacobie Barbee, Georgia
Samarie Walker, Kentucky
Jennifer O'Neil, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State