Just days after being named the WBCA National Freshman of the Year, Kentucky’s star rookie has picked up yet another impressive award. Rhyne Howard has been dubbed the United States Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Year. She was presented with the award inside Amalie Arena prior to the start of Friday’s Final Four.
With Friday’s award, Howard is the nation’s unanimous freshman of the year. In addition to the WBCA and the USBWA, Howard was also named the espnW National Freshman of the Year back in March.
She’s the first player in Kentucky women’s basketball history to win a national freshman of the year honor and is just the sixth SEC player to earn the honor from the USBWA.
Howard ended the season leading UK with 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures in 26 games, including ten 20-points or more outings and five double-doubles.
It’s only the beginning for Rhyne Howard.
In other UK Hoops news, both Howard and senior Maci Morris have been named All-American Honorable Mentions by the WBCA.
It’s the first All-American honor for Morris during her UK career, while Howard becomes the second freshman in program history to earn the recognition. Howard and Morris are now the 22nd and 23rd All-American honored players for head coach Matthew Mitchell during his time at Kentucky.