FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas junior C’eira Ricketts earned selection to the Southeastern Conference Preseason Coaches Second Team the league office announced today.
Ricketts, a Louisville, Ky., native, averaged 9.7 points-per-game last year and 5.0 rebounds-per-game. She led the team with 121 assists while scoring 290 points as a sophomore.
Ricketts was a preseason first-team selection by the coaches and second-team pick by the media prior to the start of last season. Expanded point guard duties and an injury to her thumb slowed her scoring but not her commitment to the game.
"I think C’eira would be the first to tell you she had an off year and fell short of the expectations she had for herself in 2009-10," head coach Tom Collen said. "We had no backup for her at all and when she tore a ligament in her hand early in the season, it was a setback for her. I think you will see her step up and play with a lot more consistency this year. She is no doubt she is one of the most explosive players in our conference and capable of dominating games in stretches."
The Razorbacks were selected to finish 11th in a vote by the league’s coaches in the Seventh Annual Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Razorbacks were selected eighth in a preseason vote by the league’s media members.
Arkansas received 35 points in the preseason poll.
"I can understand why we were picked 11th based on last year’s season but this team has more potential and vision for what we can accomplish this year," Collen said. "Our goal is to be an NCAA Tournament team and I’m confident we can be there.
"The best thing about a poll is that it is just a poll," Collen continued. "It doesn’t have anything to do with the success of our team."
Tennessee was selected as the coaches’ favorite to with the regular season title. The Lady Vols got 121 votes and return five starters from last year’s 32-3, 15-1 SEC team.
Points were compiled on an 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction, while each player received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote. Ties were not broken and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players.
The Razorbacks continue preseason hosting Missouri Southern in an exhibition game Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Bud Walton Arena. The season opens with Florida A&M Nov. 12, at 11:30 a.m.