Ciaja Harbison earns second-team All-SEC honors

The fifth-year senior capped off an incredible season by earning second team All-SEC honors on Tuesday afternoon.


Nikita Rohila

Ciaja Harbison during a game against LSU, as photographed on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Nikita Rohila)

Bryce Smith, Sports Editor

Ciaja Harbison was named second team All-SEC by the league office on Tuesday afternoon, capping off an incredible individual season. The transfer from St. Louis was spectacular during the regular season, finishing with averages of 19.8 points (2nd in the SEC), 4.5 assists (2nd in the SEC), 3 rebounds and 2.4 steals (1st in the SEC) per game in her first and only season on West End.

Perhaps no performance was greater than the 41-point outburst Harbison produced against Texas A&M on Jan. 28. In the win, Harbison tied Chantelle Anderson’s record for most single-game points in program history and became the only player in the SEC this season to break the 40-point barrier in a game.

“I knew I was capable of doing it. I’m excited about this performance, but I’m more excited about this win,” Harbison told The Hustler after the feat.

In addition to the record-breaking performance against Texas A&M, the fifth-year senior led the Commodores in points 16 times, assists 20 times and steals 15 times in 30 games this season. Harbison topped 25 points on six different occasions this season.

“[The coaching staff] could not be more excited about the individual performance of Ciaja Harbison,” head coach Shea Ralph said after the Texas A&M win. “We know that she is one of, if not the best, players in the league, and tonight she proved it.”

Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball will face off against the Texas A&M Aggies in the opening round of the SEC tournament on Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. CST.