April 2, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Senior forward Natasha Howard of the Florida State women's basketball team added to her impressive four-year résumé by being named to the Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America Team, announced by the AP.
Howard's national honor puts her in elite company at Florida State - she is the 14th Seminole to garner All-America honors. The Toledo, Ohio, native is the first FSU player to be named an All-American since former center Cierra Bravard was a State Farm/WBCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2011.
Howard is the fourth Seminole to be named an All-American under head coach Sue Semrau, joining current assistant coach and second-team All-American Brooke Wyckoff (2001), Roneeka Hodges (2005) and Bravard.
Other former Seminoles who are part of the exclusive club include Lisa Foglio (1982), Sue Galkantas (1982, 1983), Lorraine Rimson (Freshman All-American in 1984), Bev Burnett (1988), Wanda Burns (1991), Chris Davis (1991), Tia Paschal (1993), Danielle Ryan (1993), Christy Derlak (1993) and Allison Peercy (1993).
Howard proved to be one of the nation's best all-around players in her final year as a Seminole. She earned 10 different honors through the course of the season, including being named a Wade Trophy finalist recently. She was also named to the All-ACC First Team by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league coaches, and earned a spot on the All-ACC Defensive Team for the second time in her career.
She finished fourth in single-season scoring at FSU when she averaged 20.5 points in the 2013-14 year. Her overall game spiked when she entered ACC play against some of the best teams in the country, averaging 23.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 59.4 percent shooting.
Howard became the first Seminole to make over 200 field goals in a season since 2004-05. Her 266 field goals made as a senior are the second-most at FSU. She also established both the career and single-season record for double-doubles by a Seminole, finishing with 41 and 15 respectively.
Howard is part of 12 players from the ACC who were honored as AP All-Americans. Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) and Kayla McBride (Notre Dame) were named to the first team, while Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame) was on the second team. Elizabeth Williams and Tricia Liston of Duke joined Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame) on the third team.
Joining Howard on the honorable mention squad are Chelsea Gray of Duke, Tyaunna Marshall of Georgia Tech, Diamond DeShields of North Carolina, Markeisha Gatling of NC State and Dearica Hamby of Wake Forest.
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