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Natasha Howard's Bio

About Natasha Howard

CAREER TRANSCATIONS: Drafted 5th overall by the Indiana Fever in 2014…Traded to the Minnesota Lynx on February 2, 2016…Traded to the Seattle Storm on February 7, 2018…Cored by the Seattle Storm on January 14, 2021..Acquired by the New York Liberty via sign-and-trade on February 10, 2021 in exchange for the 2020 No.1 overall pick.

2021: Appeared in 13 games, all of which were starts, in her first season with the New York Liberty… Missed 15 games due to a knee injury suffered on May 24… Totaled 11 games of double figure scoring , including four double-doubles… Tallied a season-high 30 points against Minnesota on August 15 in her first game returning from injury… Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on September 20, 2021… Finished with a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game… Averaged 16.2 points, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 27.5 minutes per game while shooting 49.4% from the floor and 33.3% from three.

2020: 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…Swiped 200th career steal on July 20 at New York…Secured 1,000th career rebound in win over Chicago on September 3…Had two consecutive 12-point, 11-rebound double-doubles against New York and Indiana…Recorded a season-high 15 rebounds, one short of her career-high, along with 17 points for a double-double on August 29 vs. Chicago…Scored a season-high 19 points on September 6 to lead the Storm in a 103-88 victory over Minnesota…Scored in double digits in 11 of the 12 final games of the regular season.

2019: Named 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 July 17 at Minnesota, becoming the eighth player in franchise history with a 30-point game…Swiped a career-high 6 steals on August 8 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 August 14 at Washington… Finished season with 32 made 3PT FG, a career-high…Dished out a 6 assists in first-round single-elimination game on September 11 vs. Minnesota…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 July 19 vs. Las Vegas…On August 25 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: Recorded her second WNBA Championship…Named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player and to the 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 July 8.

2017: Howard won her first WNBA Championship with the Minnesota Lynx…Concluded her second season in Minnesota and fourth in the WNBA by playing in all 34 games off the bench…Averaged 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game, shooting 48.4% from the floor and 73.3% from the FT line…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…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.

2016: Appeared in all 34 games…Averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game, 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 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

2015: Played in 30 games for the Fever, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game 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

2014: 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 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game, 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; averaged 10.7 points (43.8%) and 4.1 rebounds per game as a starter.

PLAYOFFS

2021: In the Liberty’s First Round matchup against the Phoenix Mercury, Howard finished the contest with a 16-point, team-high 10-rebound double-double on 43.8% (7-16) shooting from the field. She also added two assists, one block and one steal.

2020: Won WNBA Championship

2019: 

2018: Won WNBA Championship

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 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.

OVERSEAS

  • 2020-2021: Venezia, Italy
  • 2019-2020: Inner M., China
  • 2019: Dynamo K, Russia
  • 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

COLLEGE: Regarded as the highest-ranked recruit in FSU history, Howard went on to become the Seminoles’ career double-double leader (41) and a starter for all but two games in her career…Finished as the school’s all-time leading rebounder (1,047), second in all-time scoring (1,811) and third in career blocks (186)…As a senior, Howard was named a WBCA honorable mention All-American, AP All-American and a Senior CLASS Second Team All-American…Finished the year averaging 20.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.1 steals per game…Recorded 675 total points in her senior season, 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…Tallied five 30-point games, the most by a Seminole in a single-season…Scored a school record 40 points on 14-of-19 shooting against Syracuse, Feb. 2, 2014…As a junior, was 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…Reached double figures in scoring in 26 of 33 games…During her sophomore campaign, Howard captured third-team All-ACC honors while leading the conference in double-doubles (12)…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…As a freshman, Howard was named third team Freshman All-American by Full Court Press and captured ACC All-Freshman honors.

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 Brooklyn Nets 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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