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Vivians, McCowan earn WBCA All-American honors

The co-Most Outstanding Players of the NCAA Kansas City Regional have been one of the top-scoring duos in the country, combining to average 37.7 ppg.

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 5:45 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2018 7:57 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - All-American honors continue to pile up for Mississippi State.

On Thursday, Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan both earned All-America accolades from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

Wednesday night during a welcome celebration for the Final Four teams, Jordan Danberry was named the winner of the Elite 90 award for having the highest grade-point average among the four teams. The junior guard has compiled a 3.86 GPA in business economics at MSU.

The co-Most Outstanding Players of the NCAA Kansas City Regional have been one of the top-scoring duos in the country, combining to average 37.7 ppg in leading Mississippi State to a 36-1 record, the program’s first SEC regular-season championship and a second-straight Final Four appearance.

Vivians has led MSU in scoring at 19.6 ppg in a senior season that has seen her post the best shooting numbers of her career, knocking down 48.5 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free-throw line.

She has scored a career-best 727 points this season, fourth-most in school history behind only former Bulldog All-American LaToya Thomas. Her 276 made field goals also rate fourth in program annals. Vivians passed another MSU All-American, Tan White, for second at State in career scoring with 2,481 points.

Last Sunday’s 24-point performance against UCLA in the Elite Eight put her averaging 21.7 ppg against ranked opponents this season, 18.2 ppg for her career.

McCowan had a record-setting two games in Kansas City, averaging 23.5 ppg and 18.0 rpg while shooting 69.2 percent from the floor and 84.6 percent from the line. In a 24-point, 15-rebound effort against NC State in the region semifinal, McCowan made all 11 of her field goal attempts, setting an NCAA Regional round record and tying the NCAA Tournament record. She tallied 23 points and 21 rebounds against UCLA in the Elite Eight, her fourth 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season. The 21 rebounds were the most ever in an NCAA Regional round.

In addition to averaging 18.1 ppg this season, McCowan has pulled down 13.6 rebounds per game, second-most in the country. She averages 6.0 offensive rebounds per game, tops in the Division I ranks. Her 502 rebounds are the second-most in SEC single-season history but the most by a league player since NCAA records began with the 1981-82 season.

The Brenham, Texas, native has also corralled 27 double-doubles, third-most in the nation. McCowan has scored double figures 30 times, including 14 20-point outings, five 30-point efforts and a 41-point showing. She has also collected 10-plus rebounds in 33 of the Bulldogs’ 37 games.

Mississippi State takes on fellow No. 1 seed Louisville in Friday’s national semifinal from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN2, the MSU Radio Network and Westwood One Radio (SiriusXM channel 84 and radio stations across the country).

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