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Mulkey snubbed for SEC Coach of the Year, Pointer earns 1st team status

3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Tuesday, March 01 2022 Mar 1, 2022 March 01, 2022 12:10 PM March 01, 2022 in Sports
Source: WBRZ-TV

Despite leading the LSU Women's Basketball team on a historic turnaround in the SEC, LSU head coach Kim Mulkey did not receive SEC Coach of the Year honors for the 2021-22 season as voted on by the leagues head coaches.

LSU guard Khayla Pointer was named to the first team All-SEC squad while fellow guard Alexis Morris made the second team.

Dawn Staley, the head coach of the top-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, won the Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time in her career.

Under Mulkey's guidance, the LSU Tigers improved their win total from nine regular season wins a year ago to 25 this year, and they are the second place team in the conference behind South Carolina heading into the start of the SEC Tournament in Nashville.

Coach – Dawn Staley

Player – Aliyah Boston

Defensive Player – Aliyah Boston

Freshman – Samara Spencer

Sixth-Woman – Angel Baker

Scholar-Athlete – Mikayla Coombs

First Team All-SEC

Kiara Smith - Florida                             

Jenna Staiti  - Georgia                          

Rhyne Howard - Kentucky                        

Khayla Pointer - LSU                                 

Shakira Austin - Ole Miss                         

Aliyah Boston - South Carolina               

Destanni Henderson - South Carolina 

Jordan Horston - Tennessee                      

 

Second Team All-SEC

Brittany Davis - Alabama                        

Amber Ramirez - Arkansas                        

Aicha Coulibaly - Auburn                           

Que Morrison - Georgia                          

Alexis Morris - LSU                                 

Anastasia Hayes - Mississippi St   

Aijha Blackwell - Missouri                         

Hayley Frank - Missouri                         

Zia Cooke - South Carolina              

Tamari Key - Tennessee                      

 

All-Freshman Team

Samara Spencer - Arkansas              

Jersey Wolfenbarger - Arkansas              

Alberte Rimdal - Florida  

Jada Walker - Kentucky              

Denae Carter - Mississippi State

Sara Puckett - Tennessee           

Sacha Washington - Vanderbilt

Iyana Moore - Vanderbilt           

 

All-Defensive Team

Kiara Smith -  Florida  

Que Morrison - Georgia

Aliyah Boston - South Carolina    

Tamari Key - Tennessee           

Jordyn Cambridge - Vanderbilt

 

More information can be seen below from a LSU sports release: 

Pointer and Morris are the only players from the same team to rank inside the Top-10 in the SEC in scoring, helping LSU score 74.1 points per game to rank second in the conference. The Tigers have their first 25-win regular season since 2007-08 and will enter the SEC Tournament as the No. 2 seed later this week. 

This marks the third year in a row that Pointer has earned All-SEC honors and the second straight season she has been on the First Team. The Marietta, Georgia native will go down as one of the best players in program history. Earlier this season she became the first players in LSU men’s or women’s history to put up 1,500 points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds in a career. She is also one of just five players in SEC history with multiple career triple-doubles, both coming this season, and she has dished out the second most assists in program history.

Averaging 18.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 rebounds, Pointer is on pace to set new career marks in each of those categories. She has scored 20+ points in 14 games and had a stretch of 16 straight games scoring in double figures. Pointer became the first LSU player since Seimone Augustus to score 35 points during the Tigers’ game at Florida. Including her two triple-doubles, Pointer has seven total double-doubles this year. 

Starting all 29 games, Pointer’s durability has been elite. She has played every minute of 12 games, including all 45 minutes of LSU’s overtime game against Missouri when she hit the game-winning layup with 5.7 second remaining. Pointer leads the SEC and is No. 2 in the nation averaging 36.8 minutes per game. 

In her first season at LSU, Morris has electrified the Tigers’ offense with 15.8 points per game. During SEC play she averaged 17.3 points per game. After transferring to LSU from Texas A&M, Morris scored in double-figures in her first 11 games wearing purple and gold. She helped LSU pick up its first ranked win over No. 14 Iowa State on December 2 with a new career high 25 points. In the game against the Cyclones the Beaumont, Texas native hit five triples. Soon enough she set a new career high with 30 points against her former team on January 2 versus Texas A&M. 

Morris has been a go-to player in late game situations for the Tigers. Her and Pointer both scored 16 second half point in LSU’s second matchup against Texas A&M in College Station to earn the road victory. In the following game at Mississippi State, Morris took over with 15 fourth quarter points that allowed LSU to close the game on a 17-3 run. She has clinched multiple games for the Tigers, sinking free throws down the stretch.

 

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