Kentucky didn’t make it as far as they would have liked, but that didn’t stop Rhyne Howard from making a significant impact on the 2020 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The SEC player of the Year was tabbed to the 2020 All-SEC Tournament thanks to two impressive performances from her squad’s weekend down in Greenville, SC.
In a win over the six-seeded Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the quarterfinals, Howard led her three-seeded Wildcats to a dominating 86-65 win in which she posted 24 points on an 8-15 shooting clip (5-8 from three) to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, one block, and three steals. In the semifinals matchup against the two-seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs, the sophomore guard went for 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block. Unfortunately, the ‘Cats could not pull off the win over MSU, falling 77-59.
For Howard to be honored as one of the Tournament’s top players in only two games is a testament to her incredible talent. She was the only member of the five players named that appeared in fewer than three games. Joining Howard were Destanni Henderson, Ty Harris, Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan – all three from South Carolina, who beat MSU in the Championship game 76-62 – and Rickea Jackson of Mississippi State. Herbert-Harrigan was named Tournament MVP.
On top of being named SEC Player of the Year and making the All-Tournament team, Howard’s individual recognitions haven’t stop there. In just this week, she has also been named to the All-SEC First Team, SEC All-Defensive Team, and one of 15 finalists on the John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation’s best overall player.
Not a bad way to spend the first week of the postseason.