Welch named preseason All-SEC; USC picked fifth

USC opens new season at home on Friday

From Staff ReportsNovember 5, 2013 

USC's Aleighsa Welch

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com

South Carolina junior forward Aleighsa Welch was named to the preseason All-SEC First Team by the league’s coaches on Tuesday. The coaches predict the Gamecocks will finish tied for fifth in the league with Texas A&M.

Welch was the team’s leading scorer this past season with 12 points per game to rank 22nd in the conference, and her 7.7 rebounds per game were eighth-best in the SEC.

The Gamecocks are coming off back-to-back, 25-win seasons, returning six letter winners, including two starters, from last year’s team. Freshman Alaina Coates, a McDonald’s and Parade All-American, leads four newcomers.

South Carolina opens the regular season on Friday against Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena.


1. Tennessee (167)

2. Kentucky (159)

3. LSU (134)

4. Vanderbilt (124)

T5. USC (121)

T5. Texas A&M (121)

7. Georgia (104)

8. Auburn (72)

9. Missouri (69)

10. Florida (60)

11. Miss. State (51)

12. Arkansas (42)

13. Ole Miss (25)

14. Alabama (24)


DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky

Theresa Plaisance, LSU

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

Meighan Simmons, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt

Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt


Meighan Simmons, Tennessee (7)

DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky (3)

Theresa Plaisance, LSU (3)

Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt (1)

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