Rising Florida State senior forward Natasha Howard (Waite) accepted an invitation to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team trials this Thursday through Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The 12-member roster is expected to be announced Sunday. Howard and Maryland center Alicia DeVaughn were added to the 33-player selection pool on Wednesday.
Howard is a three-year starter for the Seminoles who is coming off a an All-ACC First Team season in 2012-13 where she averaged 12.7 points and team-bests in rebounds (7.5) and blocks (1.5) while shooting 49 percent from the floor.
Howard has 26 career double-doubles, including an 18-point, 18-rebound game she tallied at Georgia Tech last season.
Howard was an All-ACC Third Team selection and an ACC All-Defensive Team member in 2011-12, in addition to earning ACC All-Freshman accolades in 2010-11.
The 2013 World University Games (WUGs) women’s basketball competition will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the WUGs is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born 01/01/89 through 12/31/95). The USA Basketball women’s team will be comprised of U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in college and have remaining eligibility.
Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale is the U.S. team’s head coach and her assistants are Brian Giorgis (Marist), Coquese Washington (Penn State), Matt Corkery (American), Bobbie Kelsey (Wisconsin) and Matilda Mossman (Tulsa).