March 27, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior forward Natasha Howard received another dose of good recognition on Thursday when she was named a Wade Trophy finalist, announced by the Wade Trophy Committee along with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and SHAPE America.
The Toledo, Ohio, native is one of 12 finalists for the trophy given to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA Division I women’s basketball player. The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members consisting of leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators. The committee will select the winner of The Wade Trophy from among those 12 finalists who also are named to the 10-member WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team when it is chosen in April.
The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. CT Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.
“The Wade Trophy is one of the most exciting awards to be a part of, because these 12 finalists are the games’ most elite players and are truly exciting to watch,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “This trophy is the equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, which is given out annually in collegiate football. These finalists play immense roles as members of their respective institutions’ women’s basketball programs and one of them will be honored with our sport’s most prestigious award.”
Joining Howard as part of the Wade Trophy finalists are Connecticut’s Stephanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart, Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper, Notre Dame’s Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd, Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas, Baylor’s Odyssey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell and Penn State’s Maggie Lucas.
“This is quite an honor for Natasha,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She proved this season that she is among the nation’s best players and the career she had at Florida State was extraordinary. The numbers she put up this season, especially against exceptional ACC competition, were mind-boggling. ‘Tasha is a team-first player who made our program better, and I’m very happy she is receiving this deserving recognition.”
The Wade Trophy, now in its 37th year, is named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. This most prestigious award, regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball”, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball.
According to the latest NCAA statistics, Howard is sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (59.4 percent), 24th in total points (675), 31st in double-doubles (15) and blocked shots per game (2.3) and 34th in points per game (20.5). She is the only ACC player to rank in the Top 10 in the conference in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and blocked shots.
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The Wade Trophy Finalists are as follows: