Senior guard Meighan Simmons and junior center Isabelle Harrison were honored on Tuesday by the coaches of the SEC, being named to the All-SEC first team.
Simmons averaged 16.2 points per game this season – good for sixth best in the SEC – and scored 20 or more points in nine different games for the Lady Vols on her way to her second-consecutive first-team recognition, and third time being named as an All-SEC player.
Harrison averaged 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and led the conference in field goal percentage at 58.4 percent. She also registered 15 double-doubles this season, which is the second-most in conference.
The selection is Harrison's first ALL-SEC honor.
"I'm proud of them," head coach Holly Warlick said. "I was excited for Meighan, and really excited for Izzy just because she put in the time this summer to get healthy and work hard and I think you are seeing the results of her putting in a lot of time.
Simmons and Harrison weren't the only Lady Vols to be honored as All-conference players, however, as Andraya Carter was named to the All-SEC Freshman team.
The redshirt freshman guard had surgery to repair a torn labrum in her right shoulder last year and redshirted after playing in only seven games.
Carter bounced back to average 6.9 points and 2.4 assists per game this season and started 15 games in the absence of junior guard Ariel Massengale, who suffered a face injury on Jan. 2.
"I'm happy for (Andraya)," Warlick said. "she's been injury-free too.
"It's good to see that they were rewarded for a lot of hard work."
While the SEC tournament begins today, the No. 6 Lady Vols – who will be the No. 2 seed in the tournament – won't begin play until the Friday, having clinched a double bye.
With a tough slate of opponents looming, and the possibility of playing three games in three nights, the Lady Vols are honed in on themselves as they prepare for their trip down south to Deluth, Ga.
"This is the perfect time to focus on us – and I think it will really take us to see how we handle adversity when the games do come – but right now I think we really need to focus on us," Simmons said. "(We need) to figure out what we need to do and be mentally prepared for any team that we play.
"I think it's just one of those things where we have to prepare ourselves now in order for the future to be great."
Simmons chasing history
As her time as Lady Vol winds down, Simmons is searching for one last championship run.
The senior guard has two SEC Tournament titles in her four years, winning one in her freshman and sophomore years.
Simmons is also only 42 points away from eclipsing the 2,000-point mark for her career, which would make her the fifth player in Lady Vols' history to reach the plateau.
But even with such a prestigious accolade on the horizon, Simmons' main focus is on an SEC crown, and in the long-run, building momentum to what could be her first Final Four appearance.
"I really want us to finish with an SEC championship," Simmons said. "As a senior, it's something you always want to end your legacy on and I really think winning the SEC would help, and possibly getting on to the NCAAs and finishing with a Final Four would be great."
A touch of 'Smokey Gray'
Before the Lady Vols began practice on Tuesday, the team unveiled its new "Smokey Gray" uniforms.
If they were to make it to the SEC Tournament final, Tennessee would debut the uniforms in the title game.