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Natasha Howard's Bio

About Natasha Howard

HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 165 BIRTHDATE: Sept. 2, 1991 BIRTHPLACE: Toledo, OH HOMETOWN: Toledo, OH COLLEGE: Florida State HIGH SCHOOL: Morrison R. Waite High School (OH) WNBA EXPERIENCE: 7 seasons HOW ACQUIRED: Traded for a second round pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft TWITTER: @nhoward1033 INSTAGRAM: natashahoward_06


  • Three-time WNBA Champion (2017, 2018, 2020)… reached WNBA Finals in four consecutive seasons (2015 Indiana, 2016-17 Minnesota, 2018 Seattle)
  • 2019 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2019 All-WNBA First Team
  • Starter for Team Wilson at WNBA All-Star 2019
  • 2018 WNBA Most Improved Player
  • 2-time All-Defense First Team selection (2018 and 2019)
  • Selected by Indiana in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 2014 WNBA Draft on Apr. 4, 2014… Acquired by Minnesota on Feb. 2, 2016 in a sign-and-trade deal with Indiana, sending restricted free agent Devereaux Peters to the Fever.
  • Graduated from FSU as the program’s all-time rebounds leader with 1,047 and second-leading scorer with 1,811 career points


  • Swiped 200th career steal on 7/25/20 @ NYL
  • Secured 1,000th career rebound in win over CHI on 9/3/20
  • Helped lead the Storm to her third WNBA Championship, contributing 21 points on 9-for-10 shooting, along with eight rebounds, in Game 2 of the Finals vs. Las Vegas
  • Had two consecutive 12-point, 11-rebound double-doubles (vs. NYL 8/18/20, @ Indiana 8/20/20)
  • Recorded a season-high 15 rebounds, one short of her career-high, along with 17 points for a double-double on 8/29/20 vs. Chicago
  • Scored a season-high 19 points on 9/6/20 to lead the Storm in a 103-88 victory over Minnesota
  • After a slow start to the season, scored in double digits in 11 of the 12 final games of the regular season


  • 2019 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2019 All-WNBA First Team
  • 2019 All-Defensive First Team… her second such honor
  • Collected 14 points (6-10 FG) and 6 rebounds as a starter for Team Wilson in her All-Star Game debut
  • Named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month for June
  • Tallied career-high 33 points on 7/17/19 at Minnesota…becoming the eighth player in franchise history with a 30-point game
  • Swiped a career-high 6 steals on 8/8/19 vs. Dallas and led the WNBA with 74 steals (the most in a single season in franchise history)
  • Career-high 4 made 3-pt FG on 8/14/19 at Washington… finished season with 32 made 3-pt FG, a career high
  • Dished out 6 assists in first-round single-elimination game on 9/11/19 vs. Minnesota… a career high in reg. season and playoffs
  • Appeared in all 34 regular-season contests, averaging career highs in minutes (31.3), points (18.1), rebounds (8.2), assists (2.1) and steals (2.18) per game
  • Matched career-high with 6 blocks on 7/19/19 vs. Las Vegas
  • On 8/25/19 vs. Indiana, became the second player in WNBA history to lead her team outright in points (14), rebounds (9), assists (5), steals (3), and blocks (3) in a single game, joining Candace Parker


  • 2018 WNBA Most Improved Player
  • 2018 WNBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds on Jun. 10 vs. Atlanta
  • Tallied 25 points going 7-of-7 from the line on Jun. 15 vs Connecticut
  • Recorded her sixth career double-double at New York on Aug. 6
  • Scored 21 points at 9-of-10 FGM and 2-of-2 3FGM on Aug. 12 at Minnesota
  • Scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Sept. 12 at Washington in championship-clinching Game 3 of WNBA Finals
  • Accounted for 67 blocks averaging 2.0 BPG (2nd in 2018)
  • Started all but one game the 2018 season
  • Surpassed 1,000 career points vs. Washington on 7/8/18


  • Concluded her second season in Minnesota and fourth in the WNBA by playing in all 34 games off the bench
  • Averaged 4.3 ppg and 2.4 rpg in 11.7 mpg, shooting 48.4% from the floor and 73.3% from the FT line; she also ranked 20th in the league (2nd on the Lynx) in blocks at 0.62 bpg
  • Boosted those figures to 6.7 ppg (52.2%) and 4.2 rpg, adding 1.22 spg, over the final nine contests (17.1 mpg)
  • Hauled in a season-high nine rebounds (in a season-best 26:30) Aug. 25 at San Antonio; the 11 points in that game marked her 25th career double-digit scoring night (third this year)
  • Scored a season-high 12 points with eight rebounds Aug. 22 vs. Phoenix… Snagged a game-high seven rebounds Aug. 18 vs. Indiana, and collected a season-high three blocks June 25 vs. San Antonio.


  • Appeared in all 34 games
  • Averaged 6.7 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 14.6 mpg, shooting a career-best 57.4% from the floor and 67.7% from the FT line
  • Made her lone start in the Sept. 17 finale vs. Atlanta, totaling 11 points and a team- and season-high nine rebounds while logging a season-best 25:53
  • Dished a career-high four assists and pulled down nine rebounds Aug. 28 vs. Seattle
  • Tallied a career-high 21 points July 2 vs. San Antonio, the top scoring total by a Lynx reserve since Candice Wiggins netted 25 at Tulsa on July 10, 2012
  • Finished with 16 points (on 7-for-7 shooting) June 19 at Seattle, one of nine double-digit nights
  • Netted 13 points June 10 in Atlanta while becoming the eighth player in Lynx history to block 5+ shots in a game
  • Sank the first three-pointer of her career May 27 vs. Indiana, and swiped a career-high-tying three steals May 31 at New York.


  • Played in 30 games for the Fever, averaging 4.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 11.4 mpg while shooting 37.9% from the field and 72.1% from the line
  • Scored a season-high 13 points Aug. 4 at Chicago
  • Pulled in a career-best 11 rebounds in the July 15 win vs. Tulsa, and tied her career high with three steals Aug. 11 at Washington
  • Started the first two games, grabbing eight rebounds June 5 at Chicago and logging a season-high 27:18 June 6 vs. Minnesota


  • Played in all 34 games and made 15 starts (including 12 in a row to begin the season) during her rookie year with Indiana
  • Averaged 7.0 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 16.9 mpg, shooting 44.3% from the floor and 59.4% from the line
  • Tied the WNBA record for most blocked shots in a debut with six at Chicago on May 16; that game also marked her lone career double-double to date (16 points, 10 rebounds)
  • Followed one night later by ringing up career highs in points (21), assists (three) and minutes (40:36) vs. Atlanta, shooting 10-for-13 from the field
  • Reached double figures 11 times in total, including a 20-point effort July 2 at Washington; she averaged 10.7 ppg (43.8%) and 4.1 rpg as a starter.


  • 2017: Appeared in seven playoff games, totaling eight points and six rebounds in 39 minutes, en route to winning her first WNBA championship
  • 2016: Averaged playoff career-bests with 5.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 0.6 apg while appearing in all eight playoff games for Minnesota
  • 2015: Saw action in nine postseason contests for Indiana, chipping in 2.8 ppg in 7.1 mpg… Shot 11-for-12 in the playoffs, sinking all eight of her attempts in the Finals vs. Minnesota
  • 2014: Appeared in four of five Indiana playoff outings, tallying one field goal, two free throws and four rebounds.


  • 2016: Scored a game-high 24 points for the USA Select Team in the July 25 exhibition vs. Team USA in Los Angeles.


  • 2018-2019: Zhejiang, China
  • 2017-18: Zhejiang, China
  • 2016-17: Samsung Blue Minx, South Korea
  • 2016-2017: Famila Schio, Italy
  • 2015-16: KB Stars, South Korea
  • 2014-15: Elitzur Ramla, Israel


  • 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, Feb. 2, 2014…she became the first ACC player since 2008 to have a 20-20 performance as she registered 28 points and 22 rebounds against Duke, Jan. 1, 2014
  • 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, Jan. 3, 2013
  • 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, Jan. 15, 2012…she scored a season-best 24 points against Akron, Dec. 10, 2011
  • 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, Nov. 12, 2010 against Alabama State…her season-best 21 points came against Arizona State at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, Nov. 12, 2011.

PERSONAL Born Sept. 2, 1991 in Toledo, Ohio… Daughter of Latasha Howard…she majored in social science while attending Florida State…a role model is Golden State 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.

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