Feb. 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State women’s basketball senior forward Natasha Howard has been added to the 2014 “Wade Watch” list, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today on behalf of the Wade Trophy Coalition.
Howard, who hails from Toledo, Ohio, was added with nine other student-athletes to the 25-player list of preseason Wade Watch hopefuls. The other additions include Tiffany Bias of Oklahoma State, Hallie Christofferson of Iowa State, Christina Foggie of Vanderbilt, Markeisha Gatling of N.C. State, Dearica Hamby of Wake Forest, Alexis Jones of Duke, Tricia Liston of Duke, Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina.
The Wade Trophy Coalition presents The Wade Trophy to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA® Division I women’s basketball player each year – one who not only excels athletically but also serves as a positive role model both on and off the court. The acclaimed Wade Watch list, from which The Wade Trophy recipient is chosen, consists of players selected on the basis of game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
This season, Howard has emerged as one of the most dominant players in the ACC. She joins only Hamby of Wake Forest as the two players in the conference ranking in the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and blocked shots.
In her senior year, Howard is averaging 18.2 points and nine rebounds per game. She is on pace to average the highest amount of points per game at FSU since Roneeka Hodges averaged 19.2 points in the 2004-05 season. Defensively, she is already seventh on the single-season blocks list at FSU with 62 this season.
Howard is coming off her 10th 20-point performance this season when she notched 26 points and 11 boards. Entering her final year, she had seven 20-point games in her first three seasons, and now has 17 for her career.
Howard owns one of the nation’s most impressive single-game performances this season. She recorded 28 points and 22 rebounds in an overtime loss to Duke on Jan. 23, just the third 20-20 game in school history and the first in the ACC since Jan. 20, 2008.
In ACC play, Howard is nearly averaging a double-double with 19.4 points and 9.6 rebounds.
The Wade Watch list will be trimmed to 12 finalists in mid-March. The Wade Trophy Coalition will officially announce The Wade Trophy winner at the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 7, which is part of the 2014 WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®, in Nashville.
The Wade Trophy, named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball. The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), now known as the Society of Health and Physical Educators, doing business as SHAPE America.
For the past 11 years the two have worked together to present The Wade Trophy player of the year award. A committee composed of coaches, administrators and media from across the U.S. selects the winner.
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