Terps celebrate Sweet Sixteen season, seniors at annual banquet
Quotes prior to Maryland and Michigan State's NCAA Tournament Second Round Matchup
Thomas' triple-double leads Terps to 92-81 OT win over Wake
Terrapin rookie, junior make 15-member team
Freshmen duo earn votes by coaches, Blue Ribbon Panel
Maryland vs. Connecticut - AP Photos
Maryland women's basketball
Maryland v Quinnipiac
No. 12 Maryland vs. Quinnipiac - AP Photos
No. 10 Maryland vs. No. 15 North Carolina
Frese on Howard: "I started recruiting Malina when she was in ninth grade. Four years later, it took Malina about five seconds to be on our campus and make her presence felt as an incredibly special person. She's a perfectionist at everything she does. Driven and motivated only begin to describe her. She's a great student who elevates and cares about everyone around her. And she's the kind of player you only have to tell her something once and she gets it. She's already a core part and leader of our program."
International Experience: Helped lead U.S. Under-19 Team to gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Chile in 2011...averaged 6.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg as she started in all five games of Team USA's run...won gold with U.S. Under-18 team in summer 2010 in FIBA World Championships...as second-youngest player on the team, led team in FG percentage (.625).
As a freshman (2012-13): Named to coaches' All-ACC Freshmen Team...saw action in all 34 games...saw first career action as a Terp vs. the Mount and scored 12 points with seven boards, two steals and two blocks (Nov. 9)...had two blocks to go with six points and four boards at Loyola (Nov. 11)...scored career-high 17 points with a three-pointer, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks vs. American (Nov. 21)...pulled down five boards and dished three assists in Terps' win at #19 Nebraska (Nov. 28)...grabbed six rebounds, three in a key second half run, at #2 Connecticut (Dec. 3)...scored five points with three boards, an assist and a steal vs. Virginia (Dec. 6)...added 11 points, five rebounds and an assist vs. George Mason (Dec. 8)...scored nine points with eight boards, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 31 minutes at Towson (Dec. 11)...went 3-for-3 from the field with a block in 16 minutes at Delaware (Dec. 20)...pulled down seven boards with six points vs. Brown (Dec. 28)...scored eight points with three assists and two boards in 27 minutes vs. Hartford (Dec. 29)...notched four boards, two assists, a block and a steal vs. #19 Florida State (Jan. 6)...scored 10 points with six boards, an assist, a block and a steal vs. #24 Miami (Jan. 10)...hit a trey and two buckets, all in the second half, at Virginia Tech (Jan. 13)...scored seven points with a board and a block vs. NC State (Jan. 17)...scored seven points with six boards, an assist, a steal and a block in 27 minutes vs. #11 UNC (Jan. 24)...scored 16 points with five boards , three assists and a block in 33 minutes at Clemson (Jan. 27)...added 10 points in 26 minutes on the floor with two rebounds and a steal vs. Boston College (Feb. 3)...went 5-for-5 from the field for 12 points vs. Wake Forest (Feb. 8)...went 3-for-3 from the field for six points, seven rebounds and three assists and scored in Terps' run to take the lead in the second half at #5 Duke (Feb. 11)...pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds with seven points and four assists in 30 minutes vs. Clemson (Feb. 14)...went 4-for-4 at the line for 12 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks at Virginia (Feb. 17)...scored 11 points with two assists and three boards at Boston College (Feb. 21)...scored eight points with five rebounds, a block and an assist vs. No. 5 Duke (Feb. 24)...added 13 points with two threes in Terps' win over Wake Forest (March 3)...hit a clutch three with just over two minutes to play in Terps' OT win over Wake in the ACC Quarters (March 8)...scored eight points with four boards and a block vs. #15 UNC in ACC Semis (March 9)...picked up three steals in Terps' win over Michigan State in NCAA Second Round (March 25)...honored with the Rookie Impact Award and for making the Dean's List at the annual banquet...named to All-ACC Academic Team.
Before Maryland: Top-ranked post player coming out of 2012 class...No. 6 overall recruit on ESPN.com's Hoop Gurlz rankings with a scouts grade of 97...led high school team to back-to-back state titles in junior and senior seasons...ended her career averaging 18.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game in her four years...her 1,210 career rebounds make her No. 9 and 321 career blocks make her No. 14 in Ohio history...is high school's all-time scoring leader with 1,910 points in her four years...McDonald's All-American (2012)and a WNCA All-American (2012)...named to USA Today All-USA First Team, as well as All-Ohio Division I First Team, in 2011...Max Preps First Team All-American in 2011...Sporting News High School Second Team All-American in 2011 as well...named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year in her junior year ...named Miss Ohio Basketball in 2011 and was a finalist in 2009 and 2010... led high school team to an undefeated season and Division I state title in 2011...named Player of the Game in championship... Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Player of the Year and All-Northeast Inland Division I First Team as a junior...Northeast Inland Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore...as a sophomore, named ESPN Rise Underclass All-American (2010)...three-time AP All-Ohio First Team player (2009, 2010, 2011)... named the Tri-County Coaches' Association Underclassman of the Year and the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Hardcourt Hero in 2009...participated in U.S. Under-16 National Team trials in 2009...career highs are 39 points, 20 rebounds and nine blocks... played for Julie Solis at Twinsburg...also played for Tom Jenkins with Sports City U.
Personal: Malina Ann Howard...parents are Ronald Howard and Melodi DeLong-Howard...siblings are Dara DeLong, Danielle Smith and Marisa Howard...graduated in the top 12 of her high school class...lists Dwight Howard and former Terp great Marissa Coleman as her sports heroes...is superstitious and always puts her left shoe on first...chose Maryland for the staff and people, as well as the family environment...also considered Notre Dame, Tennessee, UConn, Florida State, Duke and Stanford among others...kinesiology major...wants to be a physical therapist or sports psychologist.
HOWARD'S CAREER HIGHS
|Points||17, vs. American (11/21/12)|
|Rebounds||10, vs. Clemson (2/14/13)|
|FGM||8, at Clemson (1/27/13)|
|FGA||12, 2X (last at Clemson, 1/27/13)|
|3FGM||1, 6X (last vs. #15 UNC, 3/9/13)|
|3FGA||3, 2X (last vs. Wake Forest, 3/3/13)|
|FTM||4, 2X (last at Virginia, 2/17/13)|
|FTA||5, 3X (last at Towson, 12/11/12)|
|Assists||4, vs. Clemson (2/14/13)|
|Blocks||2, 5X (last at Virginia, 2/17/13)|
|Steals||3, vs. Michigan State (3/25/13)|
|Minutes||33, 2X (last at Clemson, 1/27/13)|
|Games with 10+ Rebounds||1||1|
|Games with at least a block||20||20|