FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University junior guard Jennifer Howard has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s Basketball Team for the college division.
Howard was named to the five-player second-team. This awards program is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America, and includes first, second, and third teams at both the university (NCAA Division I) and college (non-Division I) levels.
Howard was a first-team All-District selection each of the past two years.
A native of Raleigh, N.C., Howard 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.
Five of the 15 student-athletes selected to the college division squads have a perfect 4.00 grade point average, while the overall national team GPA average is 3.95. “This is possibly the highest team GPA average in the program’s history for women’s basketball,” according to AAA chairperson, Dick Lipe of Bentley College. “Every one of these student-athletes are excellent role models for today’s youth.”
On the court this past season, Howard was FMU’s second leading scorer at 10.6 points per game. She started 26 of 27 games this season, led the team in assists (72), was second in steals (47), and averaged 3.8 rebounds per game. She connected on 38.4 percent of her field goal attempts, including 31.3 percent from behind the three-point arc, and 77.1 percent of her free throws.
She scored in double figures 13 times, including three 20-point games, and helped lead the Patriot women to a 14-13 record. Picked to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the pre-season Peach Belt Conference coaches’ poll, FMU finished third in the PBC’s North Division. Four of the team’s conference losses were by five points or less.
In her three seasons at Francis Marion, Howard has amassed 625 points, 199 assists, and 207 rebounds in 84 career games.
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).