Top seeded Lady Vols look set to begin SEC Tournament run

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 24, 2013: guard Meighan Simmons #10 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at the Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics

Knoxville, Tenn-- (, With their 17th SEC regular season title, the Lady Vols head to Duluth, Ga., as the No. 1 seed in the 2013 SEC Tournament. En route to the Peach State, the Lady Vols swept the league yearly honors as head coach Holly Warlick was recognized as SEC Coach of the Year, junior Meighan Simmons earned SEC Co-Player of the Year, and rookie Bashaara Graves picked up SEC Freshman of the Year accolades. Both Simmons and Graves were named the All-SEC First Team, while Graves also headlined the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Tennessee has won the last three tournament titles and carries a nine-game league tournament win-streak heading into this year's event. Through the years, UT has amassed a 69-17 record in postseason league play while claiming 16 conference tournament crowns.

See what media had to say about the Lady Vols' yearly honors and this weekend's conference tournament.

DULUTH, Ga. (AP/WVLT-TV) -- The top seeded Lady Vols will face number 8 seed Florida in quarterfinal round action on Friday.
Jaterra Bonds scored 17 points, including a jumper with 51 seconds remaining that gave Florida the lead, and the Gators charged back after trailing by 11 points to beat Arkansas 64-59 on Thursday in the SEC tournament.

Bonds' jumper gave Florida (18-13) a 60-59 lead. She added two free throws with 30 seconds remaining as the Gators scored the final six points. Bonds made 10 of 12 free throws.

January Miller had 14 points and Sydney Moss had 13 for Florida, which will play No. 1 seed Tennessee in Friday's first quarterfinal game. Tennessee fans arrived early and made up about half of the crowd.

Dominique Wilson led Arkansas (18-12) with 14 points. Keira Peak and Quistelle Williams each had 12.

Arkansas led 33-30 at halftime and pushed the advantage to 41-30 by scoring the first eight points of the second half.
It's the Lady Vols and Lady Gators at Noon Friday at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth. SportSouth will have the TV broadcast.

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