After snagging her school-record fifth SEC Freshman of the Week award just a few days ago, Kentucky freshman guard Rhyne Howard just can’t stay away from from the spotlight, as she was recently named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25.
The Wooden Award is given to the student-athlete perceived as the most outstanding player in the country and Howard is the only freshman to make the cut at the halfway points of the season.
We won’t find out until the NCAA Tournament begins if Howard will make it to the next round and the winner of the award will be announced on April 12, 2019, during the ESPN College Basketball Awards.
Howard is averaging 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, leading the Wildcats in both categories. She has recorded 45 assists, 38 steals, and 18 blocks through 16 games and has connected on 41.3 percent of her three-point attempts this season.
The Cleveland, Tennessee native has topped double-digit scoring numbers in 14 of her 16 games, including three double-doubles.
In the 15 years that the award has been handed out to women, only eight schools have produced a player worthy enough to win – five times going to a member of the Connecticut Huskies. A freshman has never won the award while a sophomore (Maya Moore in 2009) has won it only once. Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is the only Wildcat to have ever won the award.