March 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State women’s basketball senior forward Natasha Howard earned more all-conference accolades when it was announced she earned both Head Coaches’ All-ACC First Team honors as well as a selection to the ACC All-Defensive Team, announced Monday by the conference.
An All-ACC First Team, Second Team, Freshman Team and Defensive Team were voted on by the league’s 15 head coaches. The All-ACC First Team and Freshman Teams mirror that of the Blue Ribbon Panel All-ACC selections, which were announced on March 4.
“These are two more awards that are indicative of how special of a season Natasha has had,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “What she has done for our team this year, both offensive and defensively, puts this season among the best for an individual in school history. We have leaned on her all season and she continues to come through for us. She is someone who put in hours and hours of work in the offseason and now she is enjoying the fruits of her labor.”
Howard has enjoyed a senior season for the ages, averaging 21.2 points, 9.3 rebounds while shooting 60.3 percent. According to the latest NCAA statistics, Howard is one of just six players in the nation shooting above 60 percent from the floor.
The Toledo, Ohio, native recently earned a spot on the ACC Women’s Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team. In FSU’s second-round matchup against Miami, she recorded her 40th career double-double with 30 points and 16 rebounds in an important 72-67 overtime victory. She followed that up with 29 points on 14-of-22 shooting facing constant double teams against No. 1 seed Notre Dame.
Howard’s 21.2 points per game average puts her in a spot to possibly finish with the highest single-season scoring average in school history. She is currently third behind FSU Athletics Hall of Famers Bev Burnett (21.3 ppg) and Sue Galkantas (21.6 ppg).
In ACC play, Howard raised her numbers by averaging 23.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and shooting 58.6 percent from the floor. Her All-America caliber season has been highlighted by her versatility, sitting in the Top five in the ACC in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals per game (2.1), blocked shots per game (2.3) and offensive rebounds per game (3.7).
Howard’s selection to the ACC All-Defensive Team marks the second of her career. She joins an elite list of multiple all-defensive team honorees at FSU in Brooke Wyckoff (2000-01), Alicia Gladden (2005-07) and Jacinta Monroe (2009-10). Gladden is the only Seminole to earn three selections to the ACC All-Defensive Team.
Howard leads Florida State with 74 blocked shots this year, currently the fifth-most in a season at FSU. Her 65 steals are also the 16th-most by a Seminole in a single season. For her career, Howard is only three rebounds away from becoming the all-time leader at FSU. With her 1,027 career boards, she is on the verge of passing Seminole legend Sue Galkantas (1980-84) and her 1,029 rebounds.
2014 ACC Champion Notre Dame and ACC Tournament runner-up Duke led the way with three total selections each. The Fighting Irish’s guard tandem of sophomore Jewell Loyd and senior Kayla McBride earned first team honors, while senior forward Natalie Achonwa earned second team accolades. Blue Devils’ senior guard Tricia Liston and junior center/forward Elizabeth Williams were selected to the first team, while sophomore guard Alexis Jones earned second team honors.
Three first-team players from last season are repeat selections this year in Alyssa Thomas of Maryland, Duke’s Williams and Georgia Tech senior Tyaunna Marshall. Duke’s Liston and Florida State’s Howard, both second-team selections on the coaches team in 2013, were named to this year’s All-ACC First Team.
Rounding out the 10-member first team are North Carolina freshman Diamond DeShields, NC State senior Markeisha Gatling and Wake Forest junior Dearica Hamby.
Joining Notre Dame’s Achonwa and Duke’s Jones on the second team are Georgia Tech freshman Kaela Davis, Syracuse sophomore Brittney Sykes and Virginia Tech senior Uju Ugoka.
Florida State awaits its NCAA Tournament fate with the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
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Head Coaches Honors - All-ACC Team
First Team All-ACC
Second Team All-ACC
Head Coaches Honors - All-Defensive Team