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Former Seminole Natasha Howard Named WNBA All-Star Starter


TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida State Women’s Basketball Alumna Natasha Howard (2010-14) earned a crowning achievement on Thursday, being named an AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 starter as selected by the league’s fans, current players and media.

It is Howard’s first all-star selection.

Howard is among 10 players selected to start in AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, which takes place Saturday, July 27, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.

“We’re so proud of Natasha,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She has become one of the fastest rising stars in the WNBA over the last few years. All her improvement is a credit to her commitment level, which we saw first-hand when she was a Seminole. She deserves this honor.”

The Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne and the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson will serve as the team captains after being the top two vote-getters.

In addition to Delle Donne, Wilson and Howard, the other starters include front-court players Liz Cambage of Las Vegas, the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and the Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones. The four starting guards are the Los Angeles Sparks’ Chelsea Gray, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride and the New York Liberty’s Kia Nurse.

The captains and starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 were revealed today on ESPN’s The Jump.

Howard was crowned as the WNBA’s Most Improved Player in 2018 while helping lead the Seattle Storm to a WNBA title. The Toledo, Ohio, native and two-time All-American at Florida State was also named the WNBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month for June. She has been a part of the last two WNBA Championships with the Seattle Storm (2018) and the Minnesota Lynx (2017).

Howard’s name is still all over the career record books at Florida State. She ranks in the Top 3 in points (third – 1,811), field goals made (third – 711), rebounds (first – 1,046), blocked shots (third – 186) and double-doubles (first – 41).

She is averaging 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in what has been a stat-stuffing season so far.

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