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SEC Coaches Select UK Hoops to Win League Crown

A’dia Mathies tabbed SEC player of the year, while Samarie Walker and Bria Goss are named to the All-SEC second team

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After being selected to repeat as Southeastern Conference champions by the media, the No. 6/7 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team also was picked by the league’s coaches as the preseason favorite to win the 2012-13 title the conference office announced Tuesday.

Senior guard A’dia Mathies, the 2012 SEC Player of the Year, was tabbed the preseason player of the year, while junior forward Samarie Walker and sophomore guard Bria Goss were recognized on the All-SEC second team.

Sixth-year head coach Matthew Mitchell’s squad received 167 voting points, topping Georgia who finished with the second most points of 149. The Wildcats enter the 2012-13 season as the SEC’s team to beat after recording a school-record 13 league wins and advancing to the Elite Eight a year ago.

Mathies, who was also was named the preseason player of the year by the media, garnered nine of the possible 13 player of the year votes. The 5-foot-9 guard returns for her senior campaign after leading the 2011-12 Cats in scoring (15.0 ppg), assists (2.7 apg), steals (2.6 spg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.378). The Louisville, Ky., native, ranks No. 12 on the school’s career scoring charts (1,435) and No. 6 on the career steals list (251). She is currently on the “Wade Watch” list for the nation’s top player.

Walker, a native of West Carrollton, Ohio, led the Wildcats in rebounds last season, corralling 7.2 boards per contest. The 2012 NCAA Tournament Kingston All-Region team member finished second on the squad in field goal percentage (.484) and blocks (22), and was third with 9.7 points per game.

The reigning SEC freshman of the year, Goss, started all 35 games last season, while finishing second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg). The Indianapolis native also ranked third on the squad in steals (1.43 spg), rebounds (4.0 rpg) and assists (1.49).

The Wildcats opened their 2012-13 season on Monday with an exhibition contest vs. Bellarmine University. UK dominated the Knights 113-33 as six players scored in double figures. Walker led with 19 points.

Kentucky tips off the regular season Saturday, Nov. 10 against Delaware State at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.

Season tickets are on sale for the entire home schedule for $65. Lower-level chair back seating ($80) is sold out.

Single-game reserved tickets are available at a cost of $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.

Group tickets for the “Pack the House” game vs. DePaul on Dec. 7 in Rupp Arena are also available. Purchase 20 or more for just $3 per ticket or purchase 50 or more for just $1 per ticket. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge in the general admission seating area.

All groups are welcome and will be given seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact [email protected] to purchase group tickets for the DePaul game.
Fans interested in season tickets can go to or call the UK ticket office at 1-800-928-CATS.

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1. Kentucky 167
2. Georgia 149
3. Texas A&M 145
4. Vanderbilt 143
5. Tennessee 117
6. South Carolina 102
7. LSU 96
8. Florida 92
9. Arkansas 72
10. Auburn 57
11. Mississippi State 51
t12. Alabama 33
t12. Missouri 33
14. Ole miss 17

Sarah Watkins, Arkansas
Jennifer George, Florida
Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia
Jasmine Hassell, Georgia
A’dia Mathies, Kentucky
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt

Jasmine James, Georgia
Bria Goss, Kentucky
Samarie Walker, Kentucky
Adrienne Webb, LSU
Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss
Ieasia Walker, South Carolina
Ariel Massengale, Tennessee
Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt

A’dia Mathies, Kentucky 9
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt 3
Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia 1

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