FSU women

Natasha Howard will lead young FSU women’s team

 

FSU women’s season preview

Coach: Sue Semrau (17th season, 295-201).

Record: 23-10, fourth in ACC, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament to Baylor.

Projected starting lineup: Yashira “Cheetah” Delgado, Sr., G, 5-2; Brittany Brown, Fr., G, 5-8; Morgan Jones, So., G/F, 6-2; Natasha Howard, Sr., F, 6-3; Kai James, Fr., C, 6-5.


Miami Herald Writer

Coming off a season in which it went 23-10 and returned to the NCAA Tournament, the Florida State women’s basketball team enters the 2013-14 campaign with a slightly different look.

Four of the team’s five starters are gone — and gone with them are 46.9 points per game and 17.3 rebounds. In their place is the nation’s seventh-ranked recruiting class, which is loaded with potential but light on experience.

Natasha Howard, FSU’s senior captain, has a good shot to be an All-American. The 6-3 forward averaged 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds last season and was named Blue Ribbon First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference.

In addition to Howard, senior Yashira “Cheetah” Delgado — who averaged 4.7 points and a team-leading 4.5 assists per game off the bench last season — should help shoulder the leadership duties.

If they can get FSU’s talented group of newcomers to follow their lead, the Seminoles have the potential to go places this season. Led by 6-5 freshman center Kai James, there are three women over 6-2, and Morgan Jones — who averaged 13.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists at Wisconsin in 2011-12 — is eligible after sitting out last season.

FSU was picked to finish fifth in the ACC by the panel and sixth by the coaches.

Read more FSU stories from the Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category