McCowan named to WNBA All-Rookie team


Ben Portnoy



STARKVILLE -- Teaira McCowan is no stranger to success.


A first-team All-American and 2019 SEC Player of the Year, McCowan earned the first of her major professional honors when she was unanimously selected to the WNBA's 2019 All-Rookie Team per a news release.


McCowan, the No. 3 overall pick by the Indiana Fever in this past April's draft, finished her inaugural campaign averaging 10 points, nine rebounds and 1.29 blocks per game.



The Bryan, Texas native also set a Fever record with five-straight double-doubles this season.


Joining McCowan on the All-Rookie team were Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier, Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner, Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale and Las Vegas Aces guard Jackie Young.


Ogunbowale, Young and Turner all played collegiately at Notre Dame and were a part of the 2018 team that defeated MSU in the national championship game. Ogunbowale notably nailed a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining to deliver the Fighting Irish the title.


Collier, who played her college ball at UCONN, was named the WNBA's overall Rookie of the Year.



Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.


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