The No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats star freshman guard Rhyne Howard is probably going to need to upgrade her trophy case sometime soon. The SEC league office announced on Tuesday morning that Howard has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the third straight week. It is also the eighth time this season she has earned the award, extending her record for most by one freshman in a single season.
Howard passed Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham last week after she broke Cunningham’s 2015 record by winning her seventh overall award.
Last week, Howard scored 17 points to go along with four rebounds, two assists, and three steals in Kentucky’s win over No. 13 South Carolina. It was the first time that seniors Maci Morris and Taylor Murray have ever beaten the Gamecocks since they arrived in Lexington as freshmen. Howard then posted 12 points, five rebounds, and two steals in another Wildcats victory over the LSU Tigers on Senior Day at Memorial Coliseum.
Howard now moves up to the third spot on the all-time freshman scoring list at Kentucky. She is currently in the running to win several different “Player of the Year” awards, including the Cheryl Miller Award Top 10 List, given out to the nation’s top small forward.
Kentucky faces the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies in Memorial Coliseum this coming Thursday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+.