Rhyne Howard is already breaking records and her freshman season at Kentucky hasn’t even finished conference play yet. Howard set an SEC record by winning her seventh Freshman of the Week award, passing Missouri Tigers guard Sophie Cunningham, who won the award six times in the 2015-16 season.
Howard was honored with the award after she led the Wildcats to a win over Arkansas in which she hit the game-winning shot with a little over one second left. Howard led Kentucky in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks against the Razorbacks by posting 18 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block in 35 minutes. It was her fifth double-double of the season.
Howard becomes the first Kentucky player – man or woman – to win the award seven times in one season.
In addition to breaking the record, Howard is also listed on multiple “player of the year” award lists, most notably being named to the Cheryl Miller Award Top 10 Watch List, given out to the best small forward in the country.
Howard currently ranks first in school history with the most three-pointers made by a freshman and is third in most points scored by a freshman.
If you’d like to witness the greatness that is Rhyne Howard for yourself, the Wildcats will visit the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.