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UK Junior Taylor Murray Selected Preseason All-SEC Second Team


LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior guard Taylor Murray (pictured) has been tabbed to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by league coaches, it was announced Wednesday, Nov. 1. League coaches tabbed the Wildcats to finish sixth overall in the conference.


Murray earned the honor due to her impressive sophomore season where she started all 30 games she played and averaged 12.2 points per game while leading the Wildcats with 3.9 assists per game. The 5-foot-6 guard ranked second on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game with a team-best 61 steals. During the season, Murray set or tied individual single-game highs in points (29), field-goals made (9), field-goals attempted (15), free-throws made (10), free-throws attempted (10), 3-point field goals made (2), 3-point field goals attempted (6), offensive rebounds (8), defensive rebounds (11), total rebounds (13), assists (11), blocks (1), steals (6) and minutes (44).

The native of Odenton, Md., scored 10 or more points 18 times last season with 15 or more points 11 times and three 20-plus scoring games. The guard had two point-rebound double-doubles last year with 11 points and 13 rebounds at LSU before 18 points and 13 rebounds at Missouri. Arguably her best game came against South Carolina where she scored a career-high 29 points with four rebounds and five assists. Murray flirted with a triple-double on multiple occasions with 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds against Vanderbilt before 16 points, six steals, five assists and eight rebounds against Arkansas.

All 14 SEC head coaches ranked all 14 teams in predicted order of finish and voted for eight first-team players and eight second-team players. Coaches cannot vote for their own players.

2017-18 SEC Preseason Coaches’ Predictions

Order of Finish

1. South Carolina

2. Mississippi State

3. Missouri

4. Texas A&M

5. Tennessee

6. Kentucky

7. LSU

8. Georgia

9. Alabama

10. Vanderbilt

11. Auburn

12. Ole Miss

13. Florida

14. Arkansas

Player of the Year

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

First Team All-SEC

Raigyne Moncrief, LSU

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

Morgan William, Mississippi State

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

Jaime Nared, Tennessee

Mercedes Russell, Tennessee

Khaalia Hillsman, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

Caliya Robinson, Georgia

Taylor Murray, Kentucky

Shandricka Sessom, Ole Miss

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Cierra Porter, Missouri

Jordan Frericks, Missouri

Tyasha Harris, South Carolina

Anriel Howard, Texas A&M

Danni Williams, Texas A&M


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