Kentucky’s star freshman Rhyne Howard just pulled in another nomination for another national award. Howard has been added to the watchlist for the 2019 Cheryl Miller Award. She’s one of just 10 finalists. The annual award is in its second year and recognizes the top small forward in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
Howard’s freshman season has been special since the very beginning, when she became the first player in the Matthew Mitchell era to score at least 10 points in each of her first 10 games. Now, she’s averaging 16.8 points per game to go along with 6.6 rebounds – she leads the team in both of those categories. She’s second in successful 3-pointers (60) and second in steals (53). She has four double-doubles so far this season. These stats put her at the top of the conference – she leads all SEC freshman in points per game by nearly six points and rebounds per game by two boards. She also leads league rookies in steals, while placing second in assists and 3-point shot percentage.
Today’s news comes just a day after Howard was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the sixth time this season. She’s only the second player in league history to do that and the second Kentucky basketball player ever to win that award at least six times. The other? Brandon Knight.
Now that Howard has been named to the top-10 list for the Miller award, she just has a few more obstacles in her way en route to the trophy. Five finalists will be announced in March, and the winner will be revealed during the Women’s Final Four in Tampa.