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Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson Continues to Impress in Basketball: Named First Team All-SEC and Top 5 Small Forward

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 7, 2024
Jackson earns back-to-back USA TODAY Sports All-SEC Honors

Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson has been recognized for her outstanding play once again, being named to the USA TODAY Sports Network All-SEC First Team for the second consecutive year. The 6-foot-2 forward for the Lady Vol basketball team received this honor after making the Coaches All-SEC First Team the day before and being named as a top-five finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award for Small Forwards.

Originally from Detroit, Jackson has had an impressive season at Tennessee, leading the team in scoring with an average of 19.7 points per game (19.9 in SEC play) and grabbing a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game, along with 2.2 assists per outing. Despite missing eight games early in the season due to injury, she has shown remarkable shooting accuracy with a field goal percentage of 46.7% and free throw percentage of 76.1%. Jackson has also shown her defensive capabilities by taking five charges, tying for the team lead.

Throughout the current season, Jackson has achieved three double-doubles and scored 20 or more points in nine games. Her total of 25 games with 20+ points in her two-year tenure at Tennessee places her among the program’s elite scorers, behind only legendary players like Chamique Holdsclaw, Bridgette Gordon, Candace Parker, and Tamika Catchings.

In games against ranked opponents, Jackson has stepped up her performance even further, averaging 23.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game over five games last week that included matchups against top-ranked teams like South Carolina and LSU. With a career scoring total of 1,065 points in just 55 games at Tennessee, Jackson ranks at No. 46 on the program’s all-time list. Her total points in 122 career games place her sixth overall at UT, surpassing former standout players like Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker while trailing only Cindy Brogdon

By Samantha Johnson

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