State's McCowan stands at top of WNBA mock draft by AP


Teaira McCowan

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DANNY P. SMITH
Sports Editor

Teaira McCowan is keeping her spot at the top of the draft board.

Mississippi State 6-7 center remains the most likely No. 1 pick in this year’s Women’s National Basketball Association Draft.

The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. The latest results were announced Thursday and had McCowan, Asia Durr of Louisville and Kalani Brown of Baylor as the top three picks.

Panelists focused on seniors in college and eligible foreign players. They could not pick for their own team.

McCowan has built quite a resume over the last couple of years that gets the attention of professional scouts. She has scored in double digits in 19 of her last 20 games for the Bulldogs and prior to Thursday night’s game against Georgia was averaging 16.4 points and 13 rebounds per game this season.

During Thursday night's 80-71 victory over Georgia, McCowan got her 52nd career double-double with 18 points and 21 rebounds.

The Las Vegas Aces have the No. 1 pick in this year’s WNBA Draft for the third-straight year. They took South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson at the top of last year’s draft.

With the 12th and final pick in the first round, the panel also predicted MSU’s Anriel Howard to be taken by Seattle.

Howard, a senior graduate transfer from Texas A&M, averaged 15.9 points and 8.2 boards prior to the Georgia game.

Doug Feinberg of The Associated Press wrote “(Howard) has been a solid contributor on both ends of the court for coach Vic Schaefer. Great rebounder for her size at 5-foot-11.”

McCowan and Howard are the only pair of teammates in the Southeastern Conference to be among the top 10 in the league in both scoring and rebounding average.

Senior pair keep winning

With the win over Georgia, State seniors McCowan and Jazzmun Holmes won their 114th career game on Thursday.

That total is now second in the nation since 2015-16. Their 86 wins since 2016-17 lead the nation in that span.

Closing the gap

MSU closed the all-time series with Georgia.

The Bulldogs from the Peach State still lead 28-18, but Mississippi State now has a 12-10 advantage in games played in Starkville.

Home win streak extended

MSU has now won 29-straight games inside Humphrey Coliseum and has the third longest active home winning streak in NCAA Division I.

UConn and Lamar are ahead of the Bulldogs in that category.

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