Feb. 12, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State women’s basketball senior forward Natasha Howard has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, announced today by the Senior CLASS Award committee.
Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website (seniorclassaward.com) through March 24. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four®.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Howard has dented the Florida State career record books with her best season so far as a senior. The Toledo, Ohio, native is third in career rebounds (948) and blocks (172), fourth in points (1,555), sixth in rebound average (8.0) and 11th in steals (182).
In her senior year, Howard is averaging 18.2 points per game, nine rebounds and is shooting 59.6 percent from the field. She has a school-record 36 double-doubles in her career, including 10 this season, and recently cracked the ACC’s Top 25 list for career blocks.
Playing in one of the nation’s toughest conferences, Howard’s numbers have actually increased in ACC play. In 10 conference games, she is averaging 19.4 points and 9.6 boards, up from her 17.3 points and 8.6 rebounds in non-conference action.
The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in October.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.
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Women’s Basketball Finalists
Heather Butler, Tennessee-Martin
Natasha Howard, Florida State
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State
Maggie Lucas, Penn State
Jerica Coley, Florida International
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Haley Peters, Duke
Jordan Hooper, Nebraska
Odyssey Sims, Baylor