Waite (Toledo, Ohio)
| 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
| September 2, 1991 (age 24)
Toledo, Ohio (1991-09-02) |
2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Florida State Seminoles women's basketball
Natasha Howard (basketball) Wikipedia
Natasha Howard (born September 2, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted in 2014 by the Indiana Fever. Born in Toledo, Ohio, she played college basketball for Florida State University, where she finished sixth in the NCAA for field goal percentage.
Howard was selected 5th overall by the Indiana Fever in the 2014 WNBA Draft. Howard started off the 2014 season hot scoring 16 points and 21 points in her first two games as a professional. The 21 point performance was a career high in points. After her rookie season in Indiana, Howard averaged 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds.
During her second season with Indiana, Howard regressed in both points and rebounding, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds. The only times that Howard scored in double figures were an August 4 loss to the Chicago Sky, when she scored 13 points, and on a September 1 win against the Connecticut Sun, when she scored 10 points. During her second season, the Fever reached the WNBA Finals, where they faced off against the Minnesota Lynx. The Fever ultimately lost the series 3-2, but Howard didn't miss a single shot throughout the entire Finals, going 8 for 8 from the floor in five games.
On February 2, 2016, the Fever traded Howard to the Minnesota Lynx in a sign-and-trade deal to acquire Devereaux Peters.
During her first season with Minnesota, Howard was part of the post rotation that included Sylvia Fowles, Rebekkah Brunson, and Janel McCarville. She became a key contributor off the bench for the Lynx the entire season. In her first game against Indiana since the trade, Howard scored 11 points, on 5-5 shooting, and grabbed 3 rebounds. She matched her career high of 21 points in a July 2 win against the San Antonio Stars. Howard, once again, reached the WNBA Finals for the 2nd consecutive season, although she fell short once again falling to the Los Angeles Sparks 3-2.