April 7, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The national honors continue to roll in for Florida State women’s basketball player Natasha Howard. The standout forward was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America Team as well as being honored as a Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American.
“It’s amazing how many awards Natasha has earned this season,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She has represented our program and our university in the right way. The WBCA honor solidifies her as one of the nation’s best players on the court. The Senior CLASS Award All-America honor is very special too because it shows that she is doing the right things away from the court, and that’s something we as a program take pride in. ‘Tash has made a huge mark on FSU Women’s Basketball and I can’t wait to see what goals she accomplishes next.”
The Toledo, Ohio, native already became Florida State’s 14th All-American last week when she was named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. The addition of the WBCA award makes Howard just the second Florida State women’s basketball student-athlete to earn multiple All-America awards in one season. The other is FSU’s all-time scoring leader Sue Galkantas, who was chosen as both a Kodak All-American and a Freshman All-American in 1982.
Howard’s WBCA honor solely was credited to her play on the court. She was one of the most dominant ACC players in her senior season, racking up 16 20-point games which included 11 in conference competition. Against five of the top ACC squads in Notre Dame, Duke, UNC, NC State and Maryland, Howard averaged 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 59.8 percent shooting from the floor. She also totaled 40 points against Syracuse, which finished fifth in the regular-season standings.
The aspiring WNBA product became the first Seminole to post five 30-point games in one season, with those big-time scoring efforts coming against Syracuse (40), Maryland (35), Georgia Tech (34), Virginia (33) and Miami (30). She also featured four games in which she made 14 field goals, with her most recent coming in a 29-point effort against undefeated Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament.
Howard also earned recognition from the Senior CLASS Award committee for her diligence as a player and role model in the community. During the holidays this past week, Howard was there with her teammates visiting the Ronald McDonald house on Thanksgiving and handing out presents at the Soul Santa event in December. Howard was also part of a life-changing trip over the summer where she was part of an FSU squad that visited orphanages in Senegal and made an impact on the overseas community.
Next up for Howard is the WNBA Draft on Monday, April 14, as she will look to become the first FSU player selected since Jacinta Monroe was chosen sixth overall by the Washington Mystics in 2010.
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