Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan (15) grabs a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Mississippi State's McCowan, Schaefer earn SEC awards

March 05, 2019 - 10:38 am

Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan has been voted the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference player of the year and Vic Schaefer is the SEC coach of the year.

The 16-member media panel made McCowan a unanimous first-team all-SEC selection. She was joined on the squad by Mississippi State teammate Anriel Howard. Other first-team all-SEC picks included Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter, Missouri's Sophie Cunningham and Georgia's Caliya Robinson.

Fifth-ranked Mississippi State won the SEC regular-season title and is the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament starting Wednesday at Greenville, South Carolina.

Kentucky freshman Rhyne Howard was named the SEC newcomer of the year and also earned second-team all-SEC honors along with teammate Maci Morris. The second team also includes Tennessee's Rennia Davis, Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee and South Carolina's Tyasha Harris.

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