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Tennessee's Simmons Is SEC Women's Player Of Year

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Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) and injured teammate guard Ariel Massengale, right, celebrate after defeating Kentucky 71-70 in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the SEC women's basketball tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP) Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) and injured teammate guard Ariel Massengale, right, celebrate after defeating Kentucky 71-70 in an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the SEC women's basketball tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP)

ATLANTA (AP) - Meighan Simmons of Tennessee has been selected as player on the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference women's basketball team, while South Carolina's Dawn Staley was a unanimous choice for the coaching honor.

The awards announced Tuesday also included the top newcomer, which went to South Carolina freshman Alaina Coates.

Simmons, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, averaged 16.2 points a game to lead the Lady Vols (27-5), who finished second in the SEC during the regular season and won the conference tournament to claim a top seed in the NCAA tournament.

Staley was rewarded for guiding South Carolina (27-4) to its first SEC championship with a 14-2 mark. The Gamecocks also landed a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs, despite losing to Kentucky in the semifinals of the league tournament.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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