Andrea Gardner, Howard – Gardner was a standout student-athlete at Howard from 1999-2002. She was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000, and went on to earn the MEAC Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. During the 2001 season, Gardner led the entire nation in rebounding, averaging 14.2 boards. She also led the Lady Bison to the NCAA Tournament that season.
Gardner scored over 1,000 points and grabbed over 1,000 rebounds during her three-year career. She was invited to the USA Junior National Team camp and became the highest drafted player from an HBCU in WNBA history in the second round by the Utah Starzz (now the San Antonio Silver Stars). Gardner went on to play for the Washington Mystics and later internationally in 10 different counties, including Greece, Spain, France and Italy. Gardner currently serves as a math instructor and women’s basketball coach at the Woodland Job Corps center in Laurel, Md.