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Kentucky WBB star Rhyne Howard named to Coaches Preseason All-SEC First-Team

University of Kentucky sophomore guard Rhyne Howard is a consensus Preseason All-SEC First-Team honoree.

This afternoon, it was announced that Howard had earned First-Team honors by league coaches, just two weeks after the star guard was named to the All-SEC First-Team by the media.

The coaches also picked Kentucky to finish fourth in the SEC behind Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Mississippi State.

Howard, who received two votes for player of the year in the media poll, was also named last week to the 2020 Cheryl Miller Award Preseason Watch List, which annually honors the nation’s best small forward.

During her college debut season, Howard was named a unanimous national freshman of the year by espnW, USBWA and WBCA. These national honors were added to other major honors last season such as the SEC Freshman of the Year by league coaches and SEC Newcomer of the Year by the Associated Press. She was also named WBCA All-America honorable mention, first-team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman Team and second-team All-SEC by the AP.

In 2018-19, Howard was only the second freshman in Kentucky women’s basketball history to lead the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding as a rookie, joining UK All-American Valerie Still. The star freshman ended the season leading UK with 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while she ranked second on the team with 68 steals and 74 3-pointers made and third in assists and blocks. She scored in double figures in 26 games with 20 or more points in 10 games and five double-doubles while she was the only freshman in the country with 500+ points, 70+ 3s, 75+ assists and 65+ steals while she ranked third among freshmen nationally in points and points per game.

Here were all the voting results by league coaches:

SEC Preseason Poll by league coaches

Order of Finish

  1. Texas A&M
  2. South Carolina
  3. Mississippi State
  4. Kentucky
  5. Arkansas
  6. LSU
  7. Tennessee
  8. Auburn
  9. Missouri
  10. Georgia
  11. Alabama
  12. Vanderbilt
  13. Ole Miss
  14. Florida

Player of the Year

  • Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

First Team All-SEC

  • Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas
  • Rhyne Howard, Kentucky
  • Ayana Mitchell, LSU
  • Jordan Danberry, Mississippi State
  • Amber Smith, Missouri
  • Tyasha Harris, South Carolina
  • Rennia Davis, Tennessee
  • Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

  • Cierra Johnson, Alabama
  • Daisa Alexander, Auburn
  • Unique Thompson, Auburn
  • Gabby Connally, Georgia
  • Chloe Bibby, Mississippi State
  • Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, South Carolina
  • Ciera Johnson, Texas A&M
  • Kayla Wells, Texas A&M
  • Mariella Fasoula, Vanderbilt

(UK Athletics)


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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1 Comment for Kentucky WBB star Rhyne Howard named to Coaches Preseason All-SEC First-Team

  1. nocode96
    4:08 pm October 29, 2019 Permalink

    She’s a beast. UK women are going to have a really solid year.