South Carolina Gamecocks guard Ieasia Walker (3) drives against Tennessee Lady Vols guard Briana Bass (1) during the semifinal round of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Lady Vols beat the Gamecocks 74-58. (image credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Ieasia Walker, a USC senior playing guard for the Gamecocks Women's Basketball team, has been given preseason honors by the SEC.
Walker has earned a Second-Team All-SEC honor, voted for by members of the SEC media. Following a tie for fourth in the 2011-2012 season and a trip to the Sweet 16, the Lady Gamecocks were picked to finish seventh in the league.
A two-time All-SEC selection, the 5-foot-8 Walker led the team and was among the SEC's top 20 scorers as a sophomore, posting 12.2 points per game last year. As a junior, the point guard allowed others to assume their more natural scoring roles, and Walker was among the SEC's top 10 in assists and steals.
In league games, she was even better, providing 3.7 assists per game with a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio, placing her fifth and fourth, respectively, in the conference. Walker continued to be a steady scorer at 7.9 points per game and contributed on the glass as well with 4.3 rebounds per outing for the season.
The full SEC Preseason Media Poll:
5. Texas A&M
7. South Carolina
11. Mississippi State
12. Ole Miss
Preseason Player of the Year
Preseason All-SEC First Team
Jennifer George, Florida
Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky
Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt
Preseason All-SEC Second Team
Sarah Watkins, Arkansas
Jasmie Hassell, Georgia
Samarie Walker, Kentucky
Ieasia Walker, South Carolina
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
South Carolina hosts Anderson in an exhibition game on Sun., Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena, with free admission.
The regular season tips off on Fri., Nov. 9, against Elon at 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena.
Season tickets for women's basketball are on sale now at www.GamecocksOnline.com or by calling 1-800-4SC-FANS.
Prices start at $50 for general admission, or a Family Four-Pack of tickets is available for $100.