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Green named to SEC’s All-Freshman Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference announced its 2019 women’s basketball postseason awards Tuesday and former Harlan County star Blair Green was included on the All-Freshman squad.

Green has had a strong season for Kentucky averaging 5.7 points per game and is one of only three players on the team to play in all 30 games this season. The guard is hitting 42.9 percent from the field this season and has really shot the ball well during league play at 47.9 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3.

She was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from long range at Auburn scoring 12 points with three rebounds, a block and an assist. Green played a season-high 33 minutes against Florida scoring eight points with five rebounds and two steals playing at the top of UK’s press while she scored 13 points in the season opener, which was tied for the seventh most points by a UK player in their varsity debut in program history.

Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan was named Player of the Year for the first time in her career and Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive time.

Missouri’s Cierra Porter was named 6th Woman of the Year while the Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard was named Freshmen of the Year. Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors went to the Wildcats’ Maci Morris.

For only the second time in SEC history, Co-Coaches of the Year were named. Kentucky’s Matthew Mitchell and Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer share the honor. It’s the second honor for Mitchell, while Schaefer has been honored three times.

First-team and second-team All-SEC honorees, All-Freshman team, All-Defensive team, along with Player, Coach and Freshman, Defensive Player, 6th Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year were chosen by the league’s 14 coaches.

The complete 2019 SEC Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards follow.

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First Team All-SEC

Caliya Robinson, Georgia

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky

Maci Morris, Kentucky

Ayana Mitchell, LSU

Anriel Howard, Mississippi State

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Sophie Cunningham, Missouri

Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

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Second Team All-SEC

Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas

Janiah McKay, Auburn

Crystal Allen, Ole Miss

Te’a Cooper, South Carolina

Tyasha Harris, South Carolina

Alexis Jennings, South Carolina

Rennia Davis, Tennessee

Mariella Fasoula, Vanderbilt

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All-Freshman

Robyn Benton, Auburn

Blair Green, Kentucky

Rhyne Howard, Kentucky

Akira Levy, Missouri

Destanni Henderson, South Carolina

Victaria Saxton, South Carolina

Zaay Green, Tennessee

Brinae Alexander, Vanderbilt

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All-Defensive

Janiah McKay, Auburn

Caliya Robinson , Georgia

Taylor Murray, Kentucky

Jazzmun Holmes, Mississippi State

Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

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Co-Coaches of the Year: Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky and Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State

Player of the Year: Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

Freshman of the Year: Rhyne Howard, Kentucky

Defensive Player of the Year: Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

6th Woman of the Year: Cierra Porter, Missouri

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Maci Morris, Kentucky