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Rhyne Howard named finalist for nation’s top small forward award

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The awards just don’t stop for one of UK’s star sophomores. Rhyne Howard has been named as a finalist for the 2020 Cheryl Miller Award. The annual award honors the top small forwards in women’s NCAA college basketball. Howard is one of 10 players on the latest list.

“The players on this top-ten list are unquestionably some of the most gifted in basketball today and they should feel honored to be considered for the Cheryl Miller Award,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame said in a press release.

Howard is on nearly every national player of the year watch list this season. Most recently, she was tabbed to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30, John R. Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20 and Dawn Staley Award Midseason Watch List, establishing her as a top candidates for national player of the year.

Howard was leading the nation in total points with 441 and sat third in points per game at 23.2 before injuring her finger in January. She missed the following three games before returning last Sunday vs. Arkansas. Against the Razorbacks, Howard, who was playing with a padded and wrapped left hand, still managed to score 20 points. She’s been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week three times this season and was espnW National Player of the Week in December.

Howard is nearing 1,000 career points, and she’s on pace to become the second-fastest player in program history to join the 1,000 point club. Currently, Howard has 986 career points in 52 games. Even after missing three games, Howard ranks No. 12 nationally and No. 1 in the SEC in total points with 461, No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the league in points per game, and No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in the SEC in 3-point field-goals per game.

In March, the five remaining finalists will be presented to the award’s selection committee. New to the award this season is fan voting – the Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live Friday, Feb. 14 on hoophallawards.com. Assuming Howard makes the cut, we’ll be sure to tell you when you can start voting.

The winner of the 2020 Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, California on Friday, April 10.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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