Georgia women’s basketball team picked second in SEC

Georgia was picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference while forwards Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine Hassell were named to the All-SEC preseason team, the league announced on Tuesday.

Georgia was the runaway choice to finish second in the league behind defending champions Kentucky in the preseason media poll. Kentucky was picked first with 376 points, followed by Georgia with 352, No. 3 Vanderbilt with 336, No. 4 Tennessee with 316 and No. 5 Texas A&M with 284.

Armstrong, a 6-foot-3 senior forward from Norcross, was named first-team preseason All-SEC. Hassell, a 6-2 senior forward from Lebanon, Tenn., was named a preseason second-team selection.

Armstrong was picked first-team all-SEC by the coaches and second-team All-SEC by The Associated Press as a junior last year. She averaged 11.5 points and 6.2 reboudns a game last year. Armstrong also ranked in the top 10 in nine of the SEC’s 13 statistical categories for SEC games only last year.

Hassell was named to the coaches and The Associated Press’ second-team All-SEC squad last year. She led Georgia in scoring at 13.0 points and
was ranked 10th nationally in field-goal percentage at 54.3 percent.

Georgia opens the regular season on Nov. 11 against Rutgers at Stegeman Coliseum.