TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Legendary Florida State Women’s Basketball player Natasha Howard (2010-14) is one of 11 professional players chosen to the 2016 USA Women’s Select Team, announced by USA Basketball.
The USA Select Team, comprised of young USA National Team members and future USA National Team hopefuls, will train alongside the 2016 USA Women’s National Team July 23-24 in Los Angeles before tipping-off the USA Basketball Showcase presented by Verizon in an exhibition game July 25 at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center.
Howard is among a distinguished group of WNBA players on the USA Select Team. They include Kelsey Bone (Phoenix Mercury); Kahleah Copper (Washington Mystics); Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics); Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm); Tiffany Mitchell (Indiana Fever); Aerial Powers (Dallas Wings); Sugar Rodgers (New York Liberty); Odyssey Sims (Dallas Wings); Kiah Stokes (New York Liberty); and Elizabeth Williams (Atlanta Dream).
Howard, a Toledo, Ohio, native, currently suits up for the Minnesota Lynx after spending her first two seasons with the Indiana Fever. This season she is averaging a career-best 7.6 points while shooting 63.3 percent (62-of-98) from the floor. She has helped Minnesota to a 16-4 record, the second-best mark in the league behind only the Los Angeles Sparks.
In her four-year career with the Seminoles, Howard achieved numerous benchmarks while leaving as one of the top players in program history. She established a school-record 41 career double-doubles and finished as the school’s all-time leader in rebounds with 1,047. She is also second at FSU with 1,811 career points and third with 186 career blocks.
She became the second Seminole to earn multiple All-America accolades, which included WBCA, Associated Press and Senior CLASS Award honors in her senior season. In that season she averaged 20.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.1 steals, and set a school-record with five 30-point games.