2019 Player Review: Teaira McCowan

Height: 6-7

Position: Center

Age: 23

Years Pro: Rookie

College: Mississippi State

Acquired: Drafted in first round (No. 3 overall) in 2019

Stats: McCowan’s 305 rebounds broke the franchise record for rebounding in a season, and was the sixth-highest figure ever by a WNBA rookie. She was selected to the WNBA All-Rookie Team after a dominant second half of the season that featured a double-double average (11.8 points, 10.3 rebounds) since her first start on June 19. She finished the season with overall averages of 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.

Though her rookie debut in New York might have provided her most memorable moment, McCowan’s final two weeks of the season were historic while recording an Indiana-record five consecutive double-doubles and missing a sixth on the final day of the season by just one rebound. She opened the stretch with 22 points and 19 rebounds at Seattle, then 24 points and 17 boards against Las Vegas to become the first rookie in league history with back-to-back games of 20+ points and 15+ rebounds.

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Notable Performances:

May 24 at New York: McCowan was the Fever’s biggest star in her first pro game, hitting a reverse layup as time expired to give Indiana an 81-80 win at New York. She finished with 11 points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes of action, but the game-winning shot earned billing as SportsCenter’s No. 1 top play.

June 19 at Atlanta: McCowan made her first start with the Fever and promptly recorded the first of 11 double-doubles on the season. She had 14 points and 15 rebounds in a road defeat and managed 10 points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter.

August 20 vs. New York: McCowan registered a career scoring high with 24 points in an 82-76 home loss to the Liberty. She shot 7-of-13 from the floor and 10-of-14 from the foul stripe and added eight rebounds.

Aug. 25 & 27: McCowan turned dominant in back-to-back wins against the Storm and Aces. In Seattle, her 19 rebounds were the second-most in Fever history and her 22 points marked the second time in three games to score at least 20. Two nights later at home against Las Vegas, she matched career highs with 24 points and five blocked shots. She shot 8-of-14 from the field, was perfect on eight free throw attempts and added 17 boards to become the first rookie in league history with consecutive 20/15 games in points and rebounds.

Aug. 29 to Sept. 8: A fixture in the starting lineup by season’s end, McCowan continued her double-double assault. Against Los Angeles, she matched her scoring high with 24 points again, and added 10 rebounds. At Minnesota, she contributed 12 points and 11 boards in a win over the Lynx, and at New York she produced 14 points and 13 rebounds in another road win. In a season finale against Connecticut, she scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and her nine rebounds fell one carom shy of matching a record 12th double-double for the season.