Williams, Richardson make SEC all-freshman team

On the eve of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Alabama’s Ashley Williams and Breanna Richardson of Mississippi State were both honored by the league as all-freshmen selections Tuesday.

Williams had an outstanding first regular season for the Crimson Tide. In 29 games, the Alcovy graduate averaged 12.7 points and led the team in rebounding (6.5) and field goal percentage (50 percent). The 6-0 forward is the first Alabama player to make the all-freshman team since 2011.

Richardson, a Rockdale graduate, averaged 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds during 30 regular season games, including averaging 10.7 points and shooting 44 percent from the field during league play.

Mississippi State, the No. 13 seed plays 12th-seeded Missouri Wednesday in the first round of the conference tournament, while seventh-seeded Alabama takes on No. 10 LSU in a second-round game Thursday at 6:00 p.m.