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Georgia forward Caliya Robinson (4) during the first half of a women's basketball game between the University of Georgia and the University of Mississippi in Athens, Ga., on Monday Feb. 18, 2019. (Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)

Georgia forward and former McEachern High School standout Caliya Robinson was named to both the Associated Press and coaches’ all-Southeastern Conference first teams, as well as the and the league’s all-defensive team.

It marked the second-straight season that Robinson had earned all-SEC accolades, after she was selected as a second-teamer in 2018. It was the third straight year she earned the defensive honor.

“What an honor for Caliya,” Georgia coach Joni Taylor said in a re-lease. “When you are considered one of the eight best players (by the coaches) in the Southeastern Conference, that is a huge accomplishment. Caliya is someone who stayed in state and made a commitment to the University of Georgia, and I am so glad she did. Her progress over the last four years both on the court and away from the game of basketball has been absolutely remarkable. I am so proud of the lady she has become, and I look forward to watching her play this postseason and at the next level.”

Heading into the SEC tournament, Robinson leads Georgia with 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 21 times and recorded nine double-doubles.

Robinson needs nine blocks to pass Tawana McDonald (297) for the team record in career blocks, and her 865 career rebounds ranks eighth. This season, she became the first Georgia player since former Marietta High School star Angel Robinson to record 200 or more rebounds in three consecutive sea-sons.

Robinson and the Lady Bulldogs will open play in the SEC tournament Thursday against Arkansas in Greenville, South Carolina.

Mississippi State center Teaira McCowan was chosen as the SEC player of the year, with coach Vic Schaefer earning the coaching award. Schaefer shared the coaching award with Kentucky’s Matthew Mitchell in the coaches’ voting.

Robinson and McCowan were joined on the AP first team by Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter, Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham and Mississippi State’s Anriel Howard. The coaches, who chose eight to the first time, also honored LSU’s Ayana Mitchell and Kentucky teammates Rhyne Howard and Maci Morris.

South Carolina’s Te’a Cooper, a former McEachern teammate of Robinson’s, was chosen to the second team by the coaches. Cooper, in her first season with the Gamecocks after transferring from Tennessee, is averaging a team-high 11.9 points per game.

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