FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior guard Jennifer Howard and junior forward Michelle Ghere have been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III College Division women’s basketball team.
This awards program is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America, and District III includes Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North and South Carolina.
Both Patriot players were named to the five-player first-team All-District squad, and both will now appear on the All-America ballot, with voting results to be announced in the near future. Howard was also a first-team All-District selection as a sophomore.
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 five semesters, and serves as a math and science tutor. She is a Francis Marion scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll in 2002 and 2003 and to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
On the court, she is the second leading scorer on the Patriot squad at 10.5 points per game. She has started all 23 games this season, is averaging 3.8 rebounds per game, shares the team lead in assists (60), and is third in steals (38). She is connecting on 39.1 percent of her field goal attempts, including 33.7 percent from behind the three-point arc, and 77.2 percent of her free throws.
Ghere, a native of Long Beach, Miss., owns a 3.96 grade point average while majoring in physics with a minor in mathematics. She has also been named to the President’s List all five semesters and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll twice and the FMU Swamp Fox Honor Roll three times, and this past summer she completed an internship with NASA.
Ghere has started 21 of 23 contests this season and is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.3 ppg. She is third in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and shares the team lead in assists with Howard. She is shooting 42.4 percent from the floor, including 30.3 percent on three-point attempts, and 69.4 percent from the free throw line.
The Patriot women own a 12-11 mark heading into the final week of the regular season. FMU plays at UNC Pembroke on Wednesday, before playing host to Augusta State University on Saturday for Homecoming 2004 and Senior Day.
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).
Ghere was a two-time All-District and All-Coast selection at St. John High School in Gulfport, Miss. She was named her district’s Player of the Year after a senior season that saw her average 21.6 ppg and 11.1 rpg. She helped lead St. John to the Class 2A state title as a junior.