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Warlick not surprised by Lady Vols pre-season ranking

7:33 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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The Lady Vols under first year head coach Holly Warlick may be battling for some respect this season.

They have been predicted to finish fourth in the SEC, as predicted by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

Warlick said Wednesday she wasn't surprised by the pick.

"When you lose 5 starters, you're not going to be picked number one, or two, or three.  It just tells us how hard we need to work and how far we have to go.  We're hunting now, not the hunted," said Warlick.

Kentucky was predicted to win the 2013 SEC women's basketball championship.

Here's how the rest of the voting rounded out, with first place votes in parentheses:

1. Kentucky (20)
2. Georgia (1) 
3. Vanderbilt (2) 
4. Tennessee (2) 
5. Texas A&M (1) 
6. LSU 
7. South Carolina
8. Arkansas 
9. Florida
10. Auburn
11. Mississippi State 
12. Ole Miss 
13. Missouri
14. Alabama  

Kentucky, last year's regular season champions, returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from last season's NCAA Elite Eight squad, including SEC Player of the Year A'dia Mathies, SEC Freshman of the Year Bria Goss and NCAA Tournament Kingston All-Region team member Samarie Walker.

Mathies was the overwhelming choice of the media for SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Year with 20 votes, the remaining votes were for Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie, Florida's Jennifer George and Georgia's Anne Marie Armstrong.

Joining Mathies on the All-SEC First Team are Jennifer George, Florida; Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia; Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M; and Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt.

The Lady Vols won the SEC tournament last season in Nashville, and went on to the Sweet 16, losing to eventual NCAA champions, Baylor. 

Lady Vol head coach Pat Summitt stepped down earlier this year because of her ongoing battle with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.  She remains a big part of the team as head coach emeritus.  Her long-time assistant, Holly Warlick, took over as head coach.

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