April 11, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State women's basketball senior forward Natasha Howard is one of 12 college prospects selected to attend the WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm, which is held on Monday, April 14, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.
ESPN2 will provide first-round coverage at 8 p.m., while second and third round coverage goes from 9-10:30 p.m. on ESPNU. This year's telecast will also be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
Howard is looking to become the second first-round WNBA Draft pick in program history, trying to follow in the footsteps of former player Jacinta Monroe when she was chosen sixth by the Washington Mystics in the first round of the 2010 WNBA Draft. On Monday evening, Howard will be joined by her parents as well as FSU head coach Sue Semrau to commemorate what is expected to be a special evening.
"Monday will be an exciting night," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "Natasha is someone who has helped change the culture of FSU Women's Basketball. There will always be a piece of her here that is woven into the fabric of this program. I'm so proud of everything she has done in her career, and I'm looking forward to spending the evening with her and her family at the draft."
Howard wrapped up a phenomenal career that was highlighted by an extraordinary senior season. The native of Toledo, Ohio, registered 20.5 points per game, 9.3 rebounds, 59.4 percent shooting, 2.3 blocks and 2.1 steals per game. She earned honorable mention All-America accolades following her senior year from the Associated Press and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, and also was chosen as a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American.
This past season, Howard set a single-season school record with 15 double-doubles and established the career record with 41 double-doubles. She is one of just two players in school history to earn multiple All-America accolades, joining former player and FSU all-time leading scorer Sue Galkantas.
Howard is set to become the ninth Seminole drafted, as well as the first since Monroe made history with her first-round selection back in 2010. Current FSU assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff was chosen with the 26th pick in the second round in 2001.
The other 11 invitees to Monday's WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm include Baylor's Odyssey Sims, Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride, Duke's Chelsea Gray, Louisville's Shoni Schimmel, Tennessee's Meighan Simmons, Maryland's Alyssa Thomas and NC State's Markeisha Gatling.
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