Smith on Sports: McCowan continues to put up eye-popping numbers at MSU

Danny P. Smith

Sports Editor

Mississippi State has the best center in women's college basketball.

There is really no debating that fact.

With the way Teaira McCowan's season has begun and the career she has already put together with the sixth-ranked Bulldogs, there are not any players in the country that can dominate like she can in the paint.
McCowan was awarded her second Southeastern Conference Player of the Week of the season on Tuesday and continues to put up eye-popping numbers that keep getting her recognition.

On the heels of two more double-double performances in road wins over Arkansas-Little Rock 98-63 and Texas 67-49, McCowan maintains a double-double for the season at 18 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per outing. She has six double-doubles in eight games.

McCowan had 27 total rebounds against Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas. She set the school record in that category by reaching 1,109 career boards.

At 6-7, there are not many nights where McCowan is not the tallest and biggest player on the court. Sometimes it doesn't even seem fair to opponents.

McCowan uses her strength and power to pull down rebounds with ease and can be difficult to defend when she gets the basketball underneath the goal.

MSU has a very good team, but McCowan makes it great.

The win over Texas by the Bulldogs was very impressive and they are presented another opportunity against a ranked team on Thursday when No. 18 Marquette comes to Starkville. This will be another chance for MSU to make a pretty emphatic statement.

Going into the season, I knew the Bulldogs were going to be a good team with McCowan down low. Without the guard quartet of Roshunda Johnson, Blair Schaefer, Victoria Vivians and Blair Schaefer, I just wasn't sure how good they could be. So far, MSU appears to be playing even better than it did last year at this time.

Adding transfers Anriel Howard and Andi Espinoza-Hunter to the mix has definitely made a difference, but the Bulldogs have a solid point guard in Jazzmun Holmes and another senior guard in Jordan Danberry that can provide veteran leadership.

If for some reason you haven't gone out to Humphrey Coliseum to see McCowan and her teammates play, you are missing a treat.

Women's basketball continues to be quite the show at MSU.

Danny P. Smith is sports editor and columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.