chennedy carter

Texas A&M sophomore Chennedy Carter, right, tries to drive around South Carolina’s Destanni Henderson during the Aggies’ 60-57 loss on Jan. 3 at Reed Arena.

Texas A&M junior guard Chennedy Carter was voted the Southeastern Conference’s preseason women’s basketball player of the year by the media, which also picked the Aggies to finish second behind South Carolina in the SEC this season.

Carter, who averaged 23.3 points per game last season, received 14 of 17 votes to become the first Aggie to win the award since A&M joined the SEC for the 2012-13 season.

A&M, which finished third in the SEC last season, was picked as the runner-up to South Carolina, which finished second last season to Mississippi State. It’s the highest A&M has been voted in the preseason poll — last year the Aggies were picked sixth. Mississippi State was picked third followed by Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

A&M went 26-8 overall last season and 12-4 in the SEC to finish third.

Joining Carter on the preseason All-Conference team are Arkansas junior guard Chelsea Dungee, Kentucky sophomore guard Rhyne Howard, LSU senior forward Ayana Mitchell, and South Carolina senior guard Tyasha Harris.

A&M junior center Ciera Johnson, who averaged 12 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season, made the second team along with Auburn junior forward Unique Thompson, South Carolina senior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, Tennessee junior guard/forward Rennia Davis, Vanderbilt senior forward Mariella Fasoula.

A&M will host Oklahoma City at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 in an exhibition then open the regular season against Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Reed Arena. The Aggies also will host the U.S. national team in an exhibition at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.

A&M’s SEC opener is set for 8 p.m. Jan. 2 at Arkansas.

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