FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University sophomore guard Jennifer Howard has been selected to the Verizon Academic All-District III College Division women’s basketball team.
This awards program is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and District III includes Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North and South Carolina.
Howard was named to the five-player first-team All-District squad. She will now appear on the All-America ballot, with voting results to be announced in the near future. Fifteen players from 14 schools make up the first-, second-, and third-teams.
Howard, a native of Raleigh, N.C., is majoring in biology and chemistry and owns a perfect 4.00 grade point average. She is enrolled in the university’s Honors Program, has been on the President’s List each of her first three semesters, and serves as a math and science tutor. She was named to the 2002 Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll and has twice been named to the FMU Swamp Fox Honor Roll.
On the court, she is the second leading scorer on a young Patriot team that includes only one senior. She is averaging 8.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, and leads the squad with a 3.1 assists per game average. She is connecting on 35.9 percent of her field goal attempts, including 34.1 percent from behind the three-point arc, and 64.1 percent of her free throws. She is also second on the team with 30 steals.
The Patriots own a 9-17 mark heading into their regular-season finale on Saturday against Clayton College & State University.
Howard was a two-time All-State performer at the Ravenscroft School. She scored 1,724 career points and helped Ravenscroft to a 108-18 record and four appearances in the state championship game (winning the title in her sophomore year).