2010 - Senior
ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Five Team ... All-Big Ten First Team ... Big Ten Player of the Week (5/17) ... Sportsmanship Award Honoree ... Saw time in and started 52 contests on the season ... Second among Illini with a .411 batting average ... Tied for team lead with Meredith Hackett in doubles (11) ... Totaled 74 hits and 51 runs scored ... Also second among Illini in total bases (110) and slugging percentage (.611) ... Accumulated 24 hits in 18 games against Big Ten opponents, including four doubles and two home runs ... Third in batting average among Big Ten athletes who stepped to the plate at least 150 times over the season ... Went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs against Kent State on Feb. 14 ... Was a perfect 4-for-4 with one walk against Sacramento State on Feb. 19, scoring two runs and batting in one more ... Followed with a 2-for-3, one run scored and one RBI performance against UC Riverside on Feb. 20 ... Earned three hits in four at-bats, scoring three runs and driving in another against Nevada on Feb. 21 ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored against Florida Gulf Coast ... Was perfect at the plate against Dartmouth, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs ... Knocked in two runs and scored two more with a 2-for-3 performance against Eastern Illinois on April 15 ... Was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored against Penn State on April 18 ... Scored three runs and knocked in two RBIs with three hits against Michigan State on May 1 ... Closed out the regular season with a 3-for-3 performance against Minnesota on May 15, driving in four runs and scoring two more ... Went 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBIs in the Illini's 9-1 victory over DePaul during NCAA Regional play.
2009 - Junior
Second team All-Big Ten for the third consecutive year ... Was third on the team with a .324 batting average, hitting .354 in Big Ten play ... Also had a slugging percentage of .504 ... Had 45 hits, scored 33 runs and drove in 31 RBIs ... Played in 43 games, starting 42 in right field ... Had five multi-hit games in Big Ten play, including batting 4-for-7 in the sweep over Indiana on April 15 ... Had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 13-22 and a seven-game hitting streak from March 6-24 ... Hit a three-run walk-off homer against Loyola-Chicago on March 24 ... Was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs and a home run against Illinois State on March 17 ... Had two hits, two RBIs and two runs against No. 18 Houston on Feb. 20 ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Second Team Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine ... Earned team Spirit Award.
2008 - Sophomore
Second team All-Big Ten for the second straight year, batting .313 with 55 hits, 22 RBIs and 11 doubles ... Started all 62 games in the outfield ... All three home runs of season came in Big Ten play ... Finished the season with 10 multi-hit games ... Recorded a career-high four hits against Indiana on April 26, driving in three runs and scoring three runs ... Also was 4-for 4 with three RBIs against BYU on March 8 ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2007 - Freshman
Named second team All-Big Ten after batting .421 in conference play ... For the season, batted .308 with an on-base percentage of .429 ... Started all 55 games, 50 in right field and five in center ... Had nine multi-hit games on the season ... Had three hits against Penn State (April 22) and Michigan (April 15) ... Had a career-high four RBIs against Pittsburgh on March 17 ... Hit first career homer against Georgia Southern on March 16 ... Went 5-for-5 with three runs and a triple in the games against Syracuse and Texas A&M on March 3.
Garnered all-state, all-region and all-county accolades for four years, playing for head coach Marlene Snow ... As a senior, batted .525 with a .635 on-base percentage ... Maintained a batting average of .500 or higher each season and was named Best Offensive Player each year ... Named Most Valuable Player in her junior year and was named Gatorade Player of the Year ... Member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society.
Born Sept. 28, 1987 ... Daughter of Jim and Gwen Howell ... Has one sister, Heather, and two brothers, Timothy and Joe ... Majoring in journalism with a Spanish minor.
GETTING TO KNOW HOPE
Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter ... Favorite pro sports team: Atlanta Braves ... Favorite restaurant on campus: Coldstone ... Favorite musical artist: Gavin DeGraw ... Dream job: DJ for a huge station ... How I started playing softball: "My brother signed up for tee-ball, so automatically I had to do it, too. Turned out, I was good." ... What I've learned from Coach Sullivan: "God never performs his greatest feats in our yesterdays," "To have perfect faith in our skills and instincts," and "The infinite possibilities from BELIEF."
HOWELL'S CAREER STATISTICS
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