FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University senior guard Jennifer Howard and senior forward Michelle Ghere have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine® Academic All-District III (College Division) women's basketball team for the second straight year.
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 in 2003 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 seven semesters, and has served as a math and science tutor. She is a Francis Marion scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Beta Beta, Chi Alpha Sigma, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies, and was named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll in 2002, 2003, and 2004 and to the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll each of her four years. After graduation she plans to attend medical school.
On the court, she is the third leading scorer on the Patriot squad at 10.2 points per game. She has played in all 26 games this season, is averaging 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, and is third on the team in steals (40). She is connecting on 34.6 percent of her field goal attempts, including 32.3 percent from behind the three-point arc, and 65.5 percent of her free throws. The 5-7 perimeter player is 26th on the FMU career scoring list with 890 points and 14th on the Patriot assists list with 244.
Ghere, a native of Long Beach, Miss., owns a 3.972 grade point average while majoring in physics and mathematics. She has also been named to the President’s List seven times and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Chi Alpha Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Kappa Mu Epsilon honor societies. She been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll three times and the FMU Swamp Fox Honor Roll four times, and each of the past two summers has completed internships with NASA.
Ghere missed three contests this season with an injury, but is averaging 5.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. She has also compiled 21 steals and five blocked shots. She is shooting 34.7 percent from the floor and 81.0 percent from the free throw line.
The Patriot women own a 10-16 mark heading into Saturday’s season finale at Augusta 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).
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.