MTSU's Ebony Rowe earned another distinction on Wednesday, as College Sports Madness tabbed Rowe the High-Major Player of the Year and first team High Major All-America selection.
Rowe led No. 20/22 MTSU to a 69-59 victory over UAB in the C-USA Championship quarterfinal round on Wednesday. The senior forward scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the victorious occasion. The top-seeded Blue Raiders take on FIU in the Conference USA Championship Semifinals on Friday. That game will be televised at 10 a.m. CT on the CBS Sports Network.
Rowe, a unanimous All-Conference USA first team selection and All-Defensive team honoree, garnered her first league Player of the Year award earlier this week. She led MTSU in points, rebounds, field goals, field goal percentage blocks and minutes played this season. She ranked fifth in the NCAA with 24 double-doubles, 13th with 11.7 rebounds per game, 19th with 669 final points and 25th with 21.6 points per game.
The Lexington, Ky., native led Conference USA in the regular season with 128 offensive rebounds, while ranking second in points, rebounds, defensive rebounds, double-doubles and minutes played. Her 212 defensive rebounds this season is a school record. Rowe currently holds 13 school records, including becoming Middle Tennessee's all-time leading scorer and rebounder this season.
She is one of nine active NCAA players with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds and was a four-time Conference USA Player of the Week selection this year. On Dec. 3, Rowe earned NCAA National Player of the Week honors for her MVP performance at the Gulf Coast Showcase. Academically, Rowe earned Capital One Academic All-America second team and C-USA All-Academic team honors.
Rowe is the first Blue Raider to ever win the High Major Player of the Year award from College Sports Madness.