Malina Howard, Sophomore, Center, #5
Collegiate Stats: 6.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg
High School: Twinsburg High School
Hometown: Twinsburg, OH
High School Highlights:
How'd She Get to College Park
Malina was the top ranked post player in the 2012 class and ranked as the number 6 overall recruit by ESPN's HoopGurlz.com. In her junior and senior years, she helped lead Twinsburg to back to back state championships including an undefeated season in her junior year. Malina was a 2012 McDonald's All-American. Malina epitomizes the term "student athlete" graduating in the top twelve of her high school class. She chose Maryland over Notre Dame, Tennessee, UConn, Florida State, Duke and Stanford.
Scored 12 points in her first game as a collegian against Mount St. Mary's and followed that with her career high of 17 against American three games later. Reached double digits in rebounds for the first time in her career in the Terrapins rout of Clemson in February
Malina builds off her strong freshman campaign and earns a starting job, becoming a go-to player offensively in the post and forming one of the most formidable post presences in the ACC alongside Alicia DeVaughn.
Malina will likely be one of the first players off the bench in Coach Frese's rotation and will spend plenty of time on the court sharing time in the post with senior Alicia DeVaughn. Malina can be a real defensive presence on the inside recording two blocks in a game on five different occasions as a freshman. She has a surprisingly soft touch from the outside and can spot up for the occasional three pointer. Spent the summer working on improving her moves in the low post.
Molly Geary contributed to this report