Tuesday, April 01, 2014

AP Names Simmons, Harrison To Honorable Mention All-America Team

Tennessee women's basketball players Meighan Simmons and Isabelle Harrison were named to the All-America Honorable Mention Team by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Simmons, a 5-9 senior from Cibolo, Texas, picked up her third national accolade from AP. She was a third-team selection a year ago and honorable mention as a freshman. Harrison, a 6-3 junior from Nashville, Tenn., received the first national recognition of her career.

In her final season as a Lady Vol, Simmons averaged 16.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest in helping lead the Lady Vols to a 29-6 record, SEC Tournament title and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. She was named 2014 SEC Player of the Year by Associated Press after earning it from the coaches the year before and was chosen All-SEC First Team by both AP and the league's coaches for the second season in a row.

Simmons also added Louisville Regional All-Tournament accolades on Tuesday night. She scored 31 points in UT's contest vs. Maryland on Sunday afternoon.

Simmons shot 41.6% from the field, 36.0% from the three-point line and 83.2% from the free throw stripe. She scored 20 or more points on 10 occasions in 2013-14, 30 or more three times and has led Tennessee in scoring on 15 occasions. She finished fifth in career scoring at UT with 2,064 points.

Harrison averaged 13.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest and shot 57.7% from the field. The center recorded 18 double-doubles this season to rank first in the league, 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).

She set a UT record with seven consecutive games of posting double-doubles and also had another stretch with four in a row. Harrison scored in double figures in 31 of 35 games and had 20 contests with 10 or more rebounds. With her final 2013-14 numbers, she ranked ninth in single-season rebound average and her 326 rebounds ranked as the eighth-best single-season total in school history.

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