Tallahassee, FL - Former Florida State women’s basketball player Natasha Howard made school history on Monday night, being selected fifth by the Indiana Fever in the first round of the WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm.
Howard’s pro selection makes her the highest WNBA Draft pick in FSU Women’s Basketball history, surpassing former player Jacinta Monroe’s sixth overall selection by the Washington Mystics in the first round of the 2010 WNBA Draft. Howard, a Toledo, Ohio, native, is the ninth Seminole to earn a selection in the WNBA Draft.
Howard is the first FSU player to be selected by the Indiana Fever. She is projected to be a multi-dimensional force who can continue to expand her game. As a Seminole, Howard has shown her ability to have good range from the floor, knocking down 25 3-pointers before she suited her game in the low post in her junior and senior years. She has earned praise for her overall versatility, finishing smoothly around the rim and having a consistent touch from mid-range.
Playing for the Indiana Fever, which won the 2012 WNBA title, Howard will be merely 3 ½ hours from her hometown of Toledo.
Coming off an outstanding senior season that was one of the best in FSU history, Howard became just the second Seminole to earn multiple All-America honors. She was named a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and a Senior CLASS Second Team All-American. She wrapped up her career with 41 double-doubles, a school record.
Overall, the ACC produced seven of the 12 WNBA First Round Draft selections. Kayla McBride (Notre Dame) was chosen third by the San Antonio Stars, Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) went fourth to the New York Liberty and Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame) also went to the Indiana Fever at ninth.
Rounding out the ACC picks were NC State’s Markeisha Gatling going 10th to the Chicago Sky and Duke’s Chelsea Gray and Tricia Liston going 11th and 12th to the Connecticut Sun and Minnesota Lynx, respectively.
Howard is set to make her WNBA debut for the Indiana Fever in a preseason game against the Washington Mystics on May 5 at noon. Her first regular-season contest will be at the Chicago Sky on Friday, May 16, at 8:30 p.m.
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