BIRMINGHAM – Following the best regular-season of her career so far, Auburn junior Alli Smalley was named to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by a vote of the league's coaches Tuesday. Auburn point guard Morgan Toles also picked up a post-season honor as she was voted to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Smalley, a native of Arab, Ala., finished the season ranked sixth in the SEC with 15.4 points per game and third in SEC-only games with 15.9 points per game. She scored more than 20 points in six games this season, including a career-high 27 points against in-state rival Alabama.
"It is so well deserved, Alli has been our go-to player all year,"
said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "Not only did we ask her to score more this year, but she has also played a lot of minutes this year. She has elevated her game to a place where she can score in many ways, not just catch and shoot.
"She moves well without the ball, she constantly gets face-guarded against the toughest defender and she consistently scores for us. I am very proud of her."
Smalley led the Tigers in scoring while also posting 4.4 rebounds and
2.4 assists per game. She hit a team-high 51 3-pointers in the regular season at a 31.5 percent clip.
"It is a big honor because there are so many great players in our conference and so many players in the past from Auburn who have made it like DeWanna Bonner and Whitney Boddie," said Smalley. "It is an honor and I am very thankful to my coaches and teammates for all the hard work this season."
Toles, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., finished the regular season averaging 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and a team-high 4.4 assists per game.
She is the top-ranked freshman in the SEC in both assists (5th overall) and assist-to-turnover ratio (7th overall). Her 118 assists so far this season rank fifth all-time in the freshman class rankings.
"Morgan Toles has had an outstanding freshman year," said Fortner.
"She is such a hard worker and we asked her to do a lot as a freshman
- run the team, score, defend, she is in tremendous shape.
"She is a physically gifted athlete. She played a large amount of minutes for a freshman and has been one of our primary scorers on top of that. That is a tough role to play, but she has handled that nicely and I look forward to coaching her for the rest of her career."
Toles is also one of the top freshmen, nationally. She ranks 12th among freshmen in the NCAA, 90th overall, in assists and 11th among freshmen, 126th overall, in assist-to-turnover ratio.
"It is an honor to be on the All-Freshman Team and just to be a part of any recognizable team here in the SEC because it is such a tough league," said Toles. "I want to thank my coaches for pushing me through the whole season and also my team."
The Auburn women's basketball team (14-15, 5-11 SEC) will return to action at 1:30 p.m. CT, Thursday in the first round of the SEC Tournament against Florida (14-15, 7-9 SEC). The game will air live on Fox Sports Net from the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.