Congratulations to Kentucky sophomore guard Rhyne Howard, who was named espnW National Player of the Week for her performances vs. South Carolina and Tennessee.
The reigning unanimous national freshman of the year scored 28 points with six rebounds and two assists at No. 4 South Carolina on Thursday and followed that up with a career-high 37 points, including a school-record tying seven 3-pointers, in Kentucky’s win over Tennessee yesterday. She led the Cats in points, rebounds (9), assists (5), steals (3) and blocks (2) vs. the Lady Vols.
Thursday and Sunday marked Howard’s third and fourth straight 25+ scoring games, making her the first Kentucky women’s basketball player to accomplish that feat since All-American Valerie Still in the 1980-81 season. Howard’s 37 points were the most scored by any SEC player this season and marked the most points scored by a UK player against Tennessee in program history. She is now the fifth UK player ever to score 37 or more points in the game and the first since Makayla Epps had 42 against Mississippi State on Feb. 12, 2015.
This season, Howard is averaging 22.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while leading the team with 46 3s made and 29 steals. She ranks top-10 nationally and second in the SEC in field-goals made, 3-point field-goals made, total points and points per game. Almost midway through her sophomore year, Howard needs only 159 more points to join Kentucky’s 1,000-point club. She’ll get there.
Kentucky (12-2, 1-1 SEC) is currently ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 and will return to action Thursday at Alabama at 8 p.m. ET on SEC Network+ before traveling to Florida on Sunday for a Noon ET tip on ESPNU.