George, Allen earn postseason honors

Two Gators were honored Wednesday when the 2012 Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Awards were announced.

Florida’s Jennifer George was voted First Team All-SEC and Deana Allen received Co-6th Woman of the Year.

George leads the Gators in scoring (12.8 points per game) and rebounding (9 rebounds per game). Her 14 double-doubles on the season are most in the conference and 11th in the nation.

“We’ve been so proud of Jennifer’s level of consistency and that’s what this award is about,” said head coach Amanda Butler. “It’s not about being a great player, it’s being an impactful player each week. It’s a player who opponents have to worry about and George has positioned herself to fit into that category.”

George is the first member of the UF program to be voted onto the SEC’s First Team since 2009 when Sha Brooks and Marshae Dotson both were honored.

Her recognition marks the 22nd time overall that a Gator has been voted onto the SEC’s First Team.

Allen has been a spark plug for the Gators all season. She started seven games for the Gators during the season but really found a niche as first off the bench.

She finished the season fifth on the team in scoring (7.8 points per game) and third in rebounding (4.9 per game). She was also third on the team in steal (1.5 per game).

“The 6th Woman of the Year award is really unique because, clearly if you’re good enough to earn this award, you’re good enough to be a starter,” Butler said. “Deana never once said, ‘I want to be a starter coach.’ She always says she wants to do whatever she can to help the team win. When we told her that it would be to come off the bench than she said she wanted to come off the bench. Her attitude is as much a part of her success in that role as is her athletic ability or her ability to score or her basketball skills.”

Allen is just the second Gator to earn the SEC 6th Woman of the Year honor. UF’s Bernice Mosby won the award in 2004, the first time the SEC presented the honor.

Here is a complete list of the 2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Awards:

First Team All-SEC:

C’eira Ricketts, Arkansas

Jennifer George, Florida

Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia

A’dia Mathies, Kentucky

LaSondra Barrett, LSU

Glory Johnson, Tennessee

Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee

Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC:

Sarah Watkins, Arkansas

Jasmine Hassell, Georgia

La’Keisha Sutton, South Carolina

Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt

Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt

Ieasia Walker, South Carolina

Markeshia Grant, South Carolina

Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss

Diamber Johnson, Mississippi State

All-Freshman Team:

Calli Berna, Arkansas

Hasina Muhammad, Auburn

Erika Ford, Georgia

Bria Goss, Kentucky

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Ariel Massengale, Tennessee

Kady Schrann, Vanderbilt

All-Defensive Team:

Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia

Porsha Porter, Mississippi State

Glory Johnson, Tennessee

A’dia Mathies, Kentucky

La’Keisha Sutton, South Carolina

Coach of the Year:

Tom Collen, Arkansas

Player of the Year:

A’dia Mathies, Kentucky

Freshman of the Year:

Bria Goss, Kentucky

Defensive Player of the Year:

Glory Johnson, Tennessee

6th Woman of the Year:

Deana Allen, Florida

Keyla Snowden, Kentucky

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Blanche Alverson, Auburn