Drafted: By Indiana, first round, 2014 WNBA Draft (5th overall)
Indiana’s top draft pick in 2014, Natasha Howard is perhaps the most athletically gifted post player ever drafted by the Fever…she fills a power forward slot beside Tamika Catchings, Erlana Larkins, Lynetta Kizer and fellow 2014 draft pick Natalie Achonwa…she debuted in 2014 with one of the best first games in franchise history, tallying 16 points, 10 rebounds and a Fever record-tying six blocks…it was the only double-double in a Fever rookie debut besides Tamika Catchings (2002) and the six blocks were the most ever by a WNBA player in her first career game…she netted 21 points while playing 41 minutes in a double-overtime loss only one night later.
PRO – WNBA
2014: Howard had nine double-digit scoring games in the first 18 games of the season, mostly without an injured Tamika Catchings and while making 15 starts…but once Catchings returned, Howard was relegated to more of a reserve role and posted one game in double figures…she finished with averages of 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game…she topped 20 points twice, including a season-best 21 points in a 2OT loss to Atlanta, 5/17…her season-high 10 rebounds came as part of a 16-point, 10-rebound effort in the season opener at Chicago, 5/16, that also included a rookie record six blocks.
2014: The Fever rookie appeared in 4 of 5 Indiana playoff outings, tallying one field goal, two free throws and four rebounds.
PRO – OVERSEAS
2014: In Israel with Elitzur Ramla, Howard averaged 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. She relocated to Turkey where she played with second-division TKB2L champ Gelistirenler, in Istanbul, and tallied 20 points and 22 rebounds in the championship game of the tournament.
Once regarded as the highest-ranked recruit in FSU history, she went on to become the Seminoles’ career double-double leader (41) and a starter for all but two games in her career…she finished as the school’s all-time leading rebounder (1,047), second in all-time scoring (1,811) and third in career blocks (186).
2013-14: Howard was named a WBCA honorable mention All-American, AP All-American and a Senior CLASS Second Team All-American…she finished the year averaging 20.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.1 steals per game…she finished the season with 675 total points, which is the second-most in a season at FSU…she was the only ACC player to rank in the Top 10 in the conference in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and blocked shots…she tallied five 30-point games, the most by a Seminole in a single-season…she scored a school record 40 points on 14-of-19 shooting, including 12-of-15 from the free throw line against Syracuse, 2/2/14…she became the first ACC player since 2008 to have a 20-20 performance as she registered 28 points and 22 rebounds against Duke, 1/2/14.
2012-13: Named to the first-team All-ACC list by league media and second-team all-conference by ACC coaches, Howard ranked third in the ACC in double-doubles (11)…she led FSU in rebounding (7.5) and blocks (1.5) for the second consecutive season…she reached double figures in scoring in 26 of 33 games, including a pair of 20-point contests…she recorded a season-high 18 rebounds to go along with 18 points and three blocks against Georgia Tech, 1/3/13.
2011-12: Howard captured third-team All-ACC honors while leading the conference in double-doubles (12)…she led the conference in rebounding (9.4) in ACC games…she was the only Seminole to start all 31 games…she averaged 12.2 points and a team-leading 9.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 48.7 percent from the field…she led the Seminoles in blocks (1.3) and steals (1.5) per game, becoming the first Seminole to accomplish that feat since current assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff in 1998-99… she ripped down a then career-high 17 rebounds and scored 22 points versus Miami, 1/15/12…she scored a season-best 24 points against Akron, 12/10/11.
2010-11: Howard was named third team Freshman All-American by Full Court Press…she captured ACC All-Freshman honors…she ranked fourth on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.6 rpg), 3-point percentage (.368), steals (36) and blocks (22)…she started all 32 games and averaged 25.5 minutes per game…she erupted for 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in her first college game, 11/12/10 against Alabama State…her season-best 21 points came against Arizona State at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, 11/27/10.
Natasha Howard is the daughter of Latasha Howard…she majored in social science while attending Florida State…a role model is Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant…R&B and hip-hop are her favorite forms of music…pasta is a favorite food…she was rated the No. 2 player overall in high school as part of the 2010 signing class by HoopGurlz as a senior at Morrison R. Waite High School in Toledo, Ohio…she was named 2010 Associated Press Ms. Basketball in Ohio…she was named a McDonald’s All-American and captured co-MVP honors in the annual all-star game featuring the nation’s top high school players…she led her high school to a state runner-up finish during her senior year, averaging 24.7 points, 11 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game…she was named a second team Division I All-State selection and first team Division I All-Northwest Ohio selection by the AP in 2008 and 2009…she was awarded Toledo Blade’s Girls Player of the Year as a sophomore…Howard also ran track at Waite by competing in the 100m, 400m, and 800m.
(1) Drafted by the Indiana Fever with the 5th overall pick, first round, in the 2014 WNBA Draft, 4/14/14.