I have officially lost count.
Rhyne Howard was tabbed to another Midseason Award Watchlist, this time as one of 10 players to make the cut for the Wade Trophy, handed out to the nation’s best player.
Howard has now been named to watchlists for the Wade Trophy, Cheryl Miller Award, Naismith Trophy, and John R. Wooden Award. She was also named co-SEC Player of the Week this past week and ESPNw nominated her as the National Player of the Week back in early January.
The WBCA Wade Trophy is considered the most prestigious individual award in women’s college basketball. Now in its 43rd year – the oldest of any award – the Wade Trophy is named after Lily Margaret Wade, a Hall of Fame coach who led Delta State University to three consecutive National Championships back in the mid-1970s. At one point during their stretch, the Lady Statesmen rattled off 51 wins in a row.
Since 2001, the award has been the staple trophy in naming the best player in women’s college basketball for that season. Past winners include legends such as Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Breanna Stweart and several other future Hall of Fame players. For Howard to even be mentioned is a significant achievement.
But she has a legitimate shot to win the award, especially if she continues on the pace she’s currently at. The superstar sophomore is averaging an SEC-most 23.2 points per game to go along with 6.2 boards. Howard leads Kentucky in several categories and recently hit the 1,000-point mark for her career in just 53 games.
Four finalists will be announced in mid-March with the winner recognized on April 2nd during the women’s Final Four down in New Orleans.
Howard even has her own website now, (RhyneHoward.com) which you should definitely check out. It truly puts into perspective how special she’s been this season.
The ladies have a game later on Thursday, too, and you can read the full preview for the matchup against Ole Miss by clicking here.