Draft Watch: Natasha Howard and Maggie Lucas

The Chicago Sky enters the draft holding the No. 10 overall pick after a successful 2013 regular season where they posted a 24-10 record to lead the Eastern Conference. This year’s Draft delivers an abundance of talent, and with the NCAA Women’s Basketball season coming to a close, we can take a better look at 2014 Draft hopefuls.

This week’s notable players that we will focus on are Natasha Howard and Maggie Lucas.

Natasha Howard (Florida State)

Florida State’s forward Natasha Howard has really stepped up to the plate for her team this season. She has had an outstanding couple of weeks, and has proved her spot as a potential draft pick. The Seminoles win on Sunday against Clemson moved Howard into the position of Florida State’s second all-time leading scorer. She clinched that spot by delivering her 38th double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. It was also her 12th double-double of the year, which tied her with former player Laine Lasseter for the single-season record.

This season, Howard has played in all 27 of Florida State’s games, and is averaging 19.6 points per game with 9.1 rebounds. Even after tough losses to Notre Dame and Wake Forest, Howard was still able to put up double digits with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The Seminoles look for a win as they close out their regular season on March 3rd against Virginia.

Maggie Lucas (Penn State)

Penn State’s guard Maggie Lucas, an All-American candidate, has been a clear standout all season. With outstanding performances and many awards under her belt, Lucas is definitely in the running to be a 1st round draft pick. The Lady Lions lost in a tough battle against Nebraska on Monday, but Lucas supported her team with 17 points in the second half. In their previous game against Northwestern, Lucas posted 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists to move into a tie for fourth place on the Big Ten’s career scoring list.

This season, Lucas has averaged 21.6 points per game, 4 rebounds and 2.2 assists. She also just broke Penn State’s record for career free throws made with her 517th career tally against Northwestern. The Lady Lions look to close out their regular season strongly when they host Michigan on Saturday.

Check back next week as we continue to feature some of the talented 2014 WNBA Draft contenders.