A hard-nosed, athletic forward who gives the Aztecs much-needed rebounding help in the post ... runs the floor well ... came to SDSU as one of the top front-court players in the California community college ranks in 2000-01... will once again vie for playing time at power forward.
As A Junior (2001-2002)
Appeared in 27 games, including seven as a starter ? ranked fourth on the team with 3.9 rpg ? led the Aztecs on the boards in six games? averaged 3.8 ppg in her first season on the Mesa ... got off to a slow start offensively and did not score in double digits until game No. 8 versus Sacramento State ? finished with a season-high 12 points versus the Hornets ? also scored in double figures against Radford with 10 points ? pulled down double-digit rebounds in two games ? opened her Division I career with 10 boards against Cal Poly ? closed out SDSU's pre-conference schedule with 11 rebounds versus Portland State ? equaled a season-high with 12 points at Wyoming ... also scored in double digits against Air Force, finishing with 11 points ... had eight points off the bench at New Mexico ... played 14 minutes in the MWC tournament game with the Lobos, going 3-for-3 with eight points ... one of five Aztecs named to the Mountain West All-Academic team.
Contra Costa CC (2000-2001)
A 2001 first-team all-Bay Valley Conference selection ... also earned all-academic team honors ... averaged a double-double during the 2001 season with 13.6 points and 11.0 rebounds ... in all had 20 double-doubles ... shot 42.1 percent from the floor ... named to the all-tournament teams at the Team Sports Classic, Comet Classic and De Anza Classic ... helped Contra Costa reach the 2001 state community college championship game ... averaged 14.0 rpg during the 2001 state tournament ... scored a season- and career-high 27 points versus Gavilan College ... hauled down a career-best 14 boards versus Butte College ... was teammates with classmate Ashonda Williams at Contra Costa.
A 1999 graduate of De Anza High School in Richmond, Calif ... named first-team all-league as a junior after averaging 14.0 points ... did not play basketball as a senior ... also played volleyball and competed in track and field ... was an all-league high jumper.
Valencia Shant? Howard was born Oct. 23, 1981, in Richmond, Calif. ... daughter of Sammy and Rosalind Howard ... major is psychology.
Points 12, two times
Rebounds 11 vs. Portland State (01-05-02)
Assists 1, four times
Steals 1, seven times
Blocks 2, two times
Field Goals 5, two times
Field Goal Attempts 9 vs. Air Force (01-26-02)
3-Point Field Goals none
3-Point Field Goal Attempts none
Free Throws 4 vs. Sacramento State (12-16-01)
Free Throw Attempts 5, two times
Double-Figure Scoring Games 3
Double-Figure Rebounding Games 3
Howard's Career Statistics