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Sydney Moss (left) and Jennifer George were honored by the SEC Coaches.

Tuesday March 5, 2013Jennifer George and Sydney Moss Honored by SEC WBK Coaches

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Sydney Moss (left) and Jennifer George were honored by the SEC Coaches.

The University of Florida’s Jennifer George (Fresno, Calif.) and Sydney Moss (Union, Ky.) were recognized by the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball coaches, who released their postseason awards teams on Tuesday.

 

George earned a spot on the All-SEC Second Team and on the All-SEC Defensive Team, while Moss was selected to the All-SEC Freshman Team.

 

George was hobbled with an injury since the second conference game of the year, dislocating her shoulder during the January 6 win against LSU and again in the first half of the January 13 overtime loss to Tennessee. Despite the injury, the 6-foot senior forward has been the Gator leader for rebounding (8.1 rpg), blocked shots (45), steals (53) and double-doubles (9), while ranking second for scoring (11.9 ppg) and field goal percentage (48.9 percent).

 

During the season, George, who is Florida’s lone senior, topped the 1,200-scoring plateau for her career, while jumping into the Gator’s top-10 all-time leaders for rebounds with 877, while ranking fourth in program history for blocked shots (180). Entering the team’s opening round game in the SEC Tournament, George has played in 128 games, one shy of the all-time school record.

 

“Jennifer has passed a lot of significant milestones during her career, but especially this year,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “She passed DeLisha Milton for fourth place in blocks all-time and that’s amazing. DeLisha Milton is the best player who ever played here and is still one of the best players in the world. Jennifer has to take pride and be energized by that. It has to make her confident to hear those things because you can’t argue with those numbers. She’s making history and that’s big time.”

 

George is Florida’s first-ever player named to the All-SEC Defensive Team, which began in 2008. She was a 2012 First Team honoree by the league’s coaches and a 2012 Second Team recipient by the media, as well as earned a spot on the 2010 All-SEC Freshman Team.

 

Moss has had a stellar rookie season, leading the Gators in assists (3.9 apg), and ranking second on the team for rebounding (6.5 rpg) and steals (1.4 pg), and third for scoring (10.2 ppg). She has totaled three double-doubles and flirted with a triple-double five times. Among SEC freshmen entering the SEC Tournament, Moss ranks second for assists, third for rebounding and fourth for scoring. Moss has been the Gator’s game leader for assists 15 times, for rebounding eight times and scoring six times.

 

“Sydney has always been the focus of attention, even in high school but I think at this level where the talent is so high, the defensive is so good, and it’s so different from anything she’s ever experienced and she’s really adjusted to that,” Butler praised. “How she’s improved and how she’s understanding how to be her best with what she’s facing right now is remarkable. She’s playing her best basketball right now and it’s no coincidence that it’s coinciding where she’s at in terms of her confidence level.”

 

With her fourth of nine assists on February 24 at Alabama, Moss dished her 100th assist of the season, marking just the 18th time in program history a Gator has charted as many and the first time since 2010-11 when Lanita Bartley had 119. Moss is the fifth freshman in Gator history to dish at least 100 assists in a season and the first since Brandi McCain in 1998-99).

 

Moss is the fourth different player in six years under head coach Amanda Butler to earn a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Team.

 

Florida is the ninth-seed in the SEC Tournament that gets underway on Wednesday. The Gators earned a first-round bye and will play eighth-seeded Arkansas on Thursday at Noon, ET, at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

 

 

All-SEC First Team

Jasmine Hassell, Georgia

A’dia Mathies, Kentucky

DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky

Theresa Plaisance, LSU

Ieasia Walker, South Carolina

Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

Meighan Simmons, Tennessee

Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M

Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt

 

All-SEC Second Team

Hasina Muhammad, Auburn

Jennifer George, Florida

Jasmine James, Georgia

Samarie Walker, Kentucky

Adrienne Webb, LSU

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Bri Kulas, Missouri

Ashley Bruner, South Carolina

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Adrienne Pratcher, Texas A&M

Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt

 

All-Defensive Team

Jennifer George, Florida

Shacobia Barbee, Georgia

Samarie Walker, Kentucky

Danielle Ballard, LSU

Theresa Plaisance, LSU

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Ieasia Walker, South Carolina

 

All-Freshman Team

Sydney Moss, Florida

Shacobia Barbee, Georgia

Danielle Ballard, LSU

Lianna Doty, Missouri

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

Heather Bowe, Vanderbilt

 

Coach of the Year: Holly Warlick, Tennessee

Co-Players of the Year: A’dia Mathies, Kentucky and Meighan Simmons, Tennessee

Freshman of the Year: Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

Defensive Player of the Year: Ieasia Walker, South Carolina

Co-6th Woman of the Year: Sarah Watkins, Arkansas and Morgan Eye, Missouri

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Blanche Alverson, Auburn

 

 

 

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