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Lady Vols gets WBCA recognition

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  -- The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the All-Region nominees for the 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team on Tuesday, and #3/3 Tennessee has a pair of players on that list.

The selection committee will select the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team from the group of 52 candidates.

Lady Vol senior Meighan Simmons and junior Isabelle Harrison are among seven players representing Region 3. Simmons made the cut for the second year in a row after eventually garnering WBCA Honorable Mention All-America accolades in 2013.

A 5-foot-9 guard from Cibolo, Texas, Simmons leads Tennessee in scoring at 16.1 points per game and has scored in double figures in 29 of 33 games this season including the last 17 in a row. She is shooting 41.6% from the field, 35.4% from the three-point arc and 82.6% from the free throw line.

Previously, Simmons was chosen SEC Player of the Year by Associated Press and All-SEC First-Team by both AP and the league’s coaches. College Sports Madness named her to its All-America Third Team.

The senior has scored 546 points this season to run her four-year total to 2,033 and move into fifth on the school’s career scoring list. She is only the fifth player in Lady Vol history to reach the 2,000-point plateau. The others in that exclusive club are Chamique Holdsclaw, Bridgette Gordon, Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings.

Harrison, a 6-3 center from Nashville, is averaging 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest and is shooting 58.2% from the field. Also a presence on the defensive end, she has blocked 36 shots and has 32 steals to her credit.

Harrison has recorded 18 double-doubles this season to rank first in the SEC, and that total places her No. 1 all-time among Lady Vol juniors and No. 2 among all Lady Vols in any class behind Candace Parker (21 as sophomore).

Harrison set a UT record with seven consecutive games of posting double-doubles and also had another stretch with four in a row. Harrison has scored in double figures in 30 of 33 games and has 19 contests with 10 or more rebounds.

Simmons and Harrison have helped Tennessee fashion a No. 3 national ranking, 29-5 record and SEC Tournament championship this season.  They are preparing to lead the Lady Vols into the program’s 32nd berth in the NCAA Sweet 16, where their squad is the No. 1 seed in the Louisville Regional and will play on Sunday.

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