Coaches tab Mississippi State as 2019 SEC Champion

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Mississippi State was predicted to win the 2019 Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship in a vote of the league's coaches.

The Bulldogs enter the 2018-19 campaign as the reigning SEC regular-season champion. MSU returns one starter in senior Teaira McCowan and seven letterwinners, including seniors Jordan Danberry and Jazzmun Holmes. Head coach Vic Schaefer also adds graduate transfer Anriel Howard.

Mississippi State tops the order of finish, with South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas A&M and Kentucky rounding out the top half the league. Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss round out the bottom half.

Mississippi State's McCowan was voted as SEC Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year. Missouri's Sophie Cunningham and Georgia's Caliya Robinson also received votes.

Joining McCowan, Cunningham and Robinson on the All-SEC Preseason First Team are Maci Morris, Kentucky; Anriel Howard, Mississippi State; Tyasha Harris, South Carolina; Rennia Davis, Tennessee and Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M.

The Preseason Second Team All-SEC is comprised of Malica Monk, Arkansas; Janiah McKay, Auburn; Unique Thompson, Auburn; Taylor Murray, Kentucky; Ayana Mitchell, LSU; Shandricka Sessom, Ole Miss; Amber Smith, Missouri; Alexis Jennings, South Carolina and Evina Westbrook, Tennessee.

Coaches cannot vote for their own team or players and ties are not broken, which led to a nine on the second team.

The 2019 season officially tips on Tuesday, November 6.

Preseason Coaches' Predictions Order of Finish

Mississippi State
South Carolina
Texas A&M
Ole Miss
Player of the Year
Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State

First Team All-SEC
Caliya Robinson, Georgia
Maci Morris, Kentucky
Anriel Howard, Mississippi State
Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State
Sophie Cunningham, Missouri
Tyasha Harris, South Carolina
Rennia Davis, Tennessee
Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M.

Second Team All-SEC
Malica Monk, Arkansas
Janiah McKay, Auburn
Unique Thompson, Auburn
Taylor Murray, Kentucky
Ayana Mitchell, LSU
Shandricka Sessom, Ole Miss
Amber Smith, Missouri
Alexis Jennings, South Carolina
Evina Westbrook, Tennessee