March 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State women’s basketball senior forward Natasha Howard has been named an all-region nominee for the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Team, announced today by the WBCA.
Howard is among 52 candidates across Division I women’s basketball who are now eligible for selection to the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team that will be announced on Saturday, April 5, during the NCAA Women’s Final Four Super Saturday festivities in Nashville, Tenn.
The Toledo, Ohio, native is one of seven candidates from Region 2, joining Duke’s Tricia Liston, Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas, NC State’s Markeisha Gatling, Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd and Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby.
Howard is trying to become the 14th All-American at Florida State, with the last being former player Cierra Bravard who was honored as a 2011 State Farm/WBCA Honorable Mention All-American.
Howard’s senior season was one of the best in program history. She became the third player at Florida State to average over 20 points, finishing the 2013-14 season averaging 20.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and shooting 59.4 percent from the floor. Her 675 total points this year is the second-most at FSU, only behind legendary player Sue Galkantas’ 710 points scored in 1981-82.
Highlighting Howard’s super year was her performances against arguably the nation’s top conference in the ACC. She averaged 23.9 points and 9.7 rebounds in 18 games against ACC competition, posting five 30-point games including a school-record 40 points at Syracuse on Feb. 13. No one in school history had posted as many 30-point performances in a season.
She established a school-record 15 double-doubles in 2013-14, and holds the FSU mark with 41 for her career. Howard also recorded 14 made field goals in four ACC games against Syracuse, Duke, Virginia and Miami – that is the most of any player in conference play and she owns the top four marks.
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