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Rhyne Howard earns a national honor

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Howard is coming off the best week of her young career.

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After a monster week on the hardwood, Kentucky Wildcats sophomore guard Rhyne Howard has been named the espnW National Player of the Week.

However, who is now averaging 22.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, scored 28 points in a loss at South Carolina, followed by a career-best 37 points Sunday in UK’s home win over Tennessee. Those were the third and fourth straight 25+ scoring games for Howard, becoming the first player to accomplish that feat since All-American Valerie Still did it during the 1980-81 season.

In that 80-76 win over the Vols, the Tennessee native hit a school-record tying seven three-pointers while also leading UK in rebounds (9), assists (5), steals (3) and blocks (2). Those 37 points were the most scored by any SEC player this season and marked the most points scored by a UK player against the Vols in program history.

Howard, who is the first UK player since Epps in 2016-17 to have multiple 30+ point scoring games in the same season, leads the Wildcats with 46 triples made and 29 steals. She also ranks top-10 nationally and second in the SEC in field-goals made, three-point field-goals made, total points, and points per game.