SEC names Gamecocks’ Wilson player of the year, Tigers’ Pingeton coach of the year

South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson repeated as SEC Player of the Year to headline the SEC’s postseason awards.

Photo by South Carolina Athletics.

The SEC released its postseason awards on Tuesday. Most notably, South Carolina junior A’ja Wilson was named Player of the Year for the second consecutive year and Missouri’s Robin Pingeton was named Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers (21-9, 11-5 SEC) to a third-place conference finish.

Wilson was third in the conference with 17.4 points per game. She had double-digit scoring outings in all but two games this season and had eight double-doubles. Wilson averaged 7.6 rebounds per game and had two or more blocks in 20 of the Gamecocks’ games this season.

Pingeton’s Coach of the Year award marks the first time since 1990 the award has gone to Missouri’s head coach. Pingeton has maintained or increased Missouri’s overall record every year since her first season in 2010. Missouri led the conference in 3-point field goals en route to an 11-5 conference record that included wins over then-ranked teams Texas A&M, Kentucky and South Carolina after being picked to finish seventh in the SEC preseason poll.

LSU’s Raigyne Moncrief was named Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference with 3.5 steals per game, becoming just the second Lady Tigers player to win the award.¬†Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan was voted as the 6th Woman of the Year.

All awards

Player of the Year: A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

Coach of the Year: Robin Pingeton, Missouri

Defensive Player of the Year: Raigyne Moncrief, LSU

6th Woman of the Year: Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Co-Freshmen of the Year: Delicia Washington, Florida; Amber Smith, Missouri

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Katie Frerking, Auburn

 

First Team All-SEC

Ronni Williams, Florida

Evelyn Akhator, Kentucky

Makayla Epps, Kentucky

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Alaina Coates, South Carolina

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

Diamond DeShields, Tennessee

 

Second Team All-SEC

Katie Frerking, Auburn

Pachis Roberts, Georgia

Raigyne Moncrief, LSU

Morgan William, Mississippi State

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Mercedes Russell, Tennessee

Khaalia Hillsman, Texas A&M

Curtyce Knox, Texas A&M

Danni Williams, Texas A&M

 

All-Freshman SEC Team

Ashley Knight, Alabama

Jordan Lewis, Alabama

Jailyn Mason, Arkansas

Delicia Washington, Florida

Amber Smith, Missouri

Tyasha Harris, South Carolina

Kayla Overbeck, Vanderbilt

Erin Whalen, Vanderbilt

 

All-Defensive SEC Team

Katie Frerking, Auburn

Caliya Robinson, Georgia

Raigyne Moncrief, LSU

Dominique Dillingham, Mississippi State

Alaina Coates, South Carolina

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

 

Edited by Quinn Pilkey

Featured image by South Carolina Athletics

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