STARKVILLE, MS (WLBT) - The Senior CLASS Award named Teaira McCowan a First Team All-American on Thursday after she was a finalist for the award in February.
McCowan led Mississippi State in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this season while shooting 66.2 percent from the field. Her percentage ranked fourth in the nation this year and is a new MSU single-season record.
The Brenham, Texas, native scored in double figures in 33 of 36 games and tallied 20-plus points in 17 of those.
She posted 31 double-doubles, breaking her own MSU single-season record, which was third nationally. McCowan finished the year with 662 points which was 23rd in the nation and tied for ninth in school history.
The Brenham, Texas, native led the SEC in blocks (87) and rebounds (487). She is the NCAA Tournament’s all-time leading rebounder with 240 career boards in the postseason.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
McCowan has volunteered with special needs children and is on track to graduate in May with a degree in human development and family studies.
The Bulldog center has now been named a First Team All-American by five different outlets for her efforts on the court this year.
Senior CLASS Award Winner: Megan Gustafson, Iowa
First Team All-Americans
Kalani Brown, Baylor
Bridget Carleton, Iowa State
Megan Gustafson, Iowa
Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State
Brianna Turner, Notre Dame
Second Team All-Americans
Kristine Anigwe, California
Allazia Blockton, Marquette
Asia Durr, Louisville
Jessica Kovatch, Saint Francis
Alanna Smith, Stanford