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Former UK offensive line coach John Schlarman named Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year

Former University of Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman was named the 40th annual Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year, announced by the Lexington Herald-Leader. He was named the winner after a vote of 163 current and former media members around the Commonwealth, receiving 76 first-place votes. His 435-point margin over the runner-up in voting, UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard,...

Howard records double-double, 15th-ranked UK women rally for 61-55 win over Missouri on Sunday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Rhyne Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the 15th-ranked University of Kentucky women’s basketball team held off Missouri 61-55 on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky (13-4 overall, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) got 10 points and nine rebounds from Dre’una Edwards and seven points apiece from Robyn Benton and Chasity Patterson. The...

Jamie Vaught: UK women’s basketball team enjoying fine season, ranked among nation’s best at No. 15

With the COVID-19 regular season already halfway over, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team has struggled mightily. But what about the UK women team? It has done exactly the opposite of its counterparts, ranking among the nation’s top teams with a very good mark of 11-4 going into this week’s action. The Wildcats, currently No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, have already...

UK women’s standout Rhyne Howard named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky University of Kentucky standout Rhyne Howard has been tabbed one of 25 players to the 2020-21 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, continuing her candidacy to become the national player of the year in women’s college basketball. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the...

Howard collects double-double as No. 13 UK women defeat No. 10 Arkansas 75-64 in SEC showdown

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Rhyne Howard scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat No. 10 Arkansas 75-64 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. Howard made nine of her 17 shots from the floor, including four of seven from behind the arc, and added two of three from the line for her 24 points. She added four assists and a blocked...

DePaul women hold off late UK rally, post 86-82 victory over previously unbeaten Wildcats (6-1)

KyForward staff Sonya Morris scored 23 points and converted a pair of key throws with 14 seconds remaining in the game Wednesday night as No. 24 DePaul posted an 86-82 win over No. 9 Kentucky in a women’s basketball game in Chicago. After UK’s Chasity Patterson made a jumper with 16 seconds left on the clock to cut the DePaul lead to 82-79, Morris was fouled. She hit both free throws to extend...

Four players score in double figures as No. 9 UK women post 88-54 win over Samford on Sunday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Chasity Patterson scored 16 points to lead a balanced scoring effort as the ninth-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team blasted Samford 88-54 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum. In addition to Patterson’s 16 points, Kentucky received double-figure scoring efforts from Dre’una Edwards, who had 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, Rhyne...

Patterson nets 30 points, 11th-ranked UK women open season with 86-60 win over Murray State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Senior guard Chasity Patterson scored 30 points as the 11th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Murray State 86-60 in Wednesday’s season opener at Memorial Coliseum. Chasity Patterson scored 30 points as No. 11 Kentucky posted an 86-60 win over Murray State. (UK photo) The 30 points were two shy of Patterson’s career-high of 32, set...

UK standout Rhyne Howard selected preseason SEC Player of the Year by media; Cats picked third in poll

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky Southeastern Conference media have tabbed University of Kentucky women’s basketball junior guard Rhyne Howard as the preseason SEC Player of the Year and projected the Wildcats to finish third in the league standings. Earlier this week, league coaches also named Howard the SEC Preseason Player of the Year and picked UK to finish second in the conference...

UK’s Big Blue Madness returns to Memorial Coliseum; TV-only basketball event set for Nov. 20

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Big Blue Madness is returning to its roots with a twist this year. For the first time since 2004, the University of Kentucky Wildcats will have their annual event at Memorial Coliseum at 9 p.m. on Nov. 20. Madness will be televised on the SEC Network and sponsored by Papa John’s Pizza. The event will tip off the season for the men’s and women’s basketball teams...

Former Auburn star Benton transfers to Kentucky; earned All-SEC Freshman Team honors in 2018-19

Robyn Benton, who was an All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team performer at Auburn before averaging double-digit points per game as a sophomore, has elected to transfer and signed with the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program. Benton will have to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer rules. “Robyn is a fantastic player that really is going to fit in perfectly...

UK sophomore guard Rhyne Howard one of five named Wooden Award All-America live on ESPN

For the third time this postseason, University of Kentucky women’s basketball sophomore guard Rhyne Howard has been tabbed a first team All-America selection as the Wooden Award named the star to its All-America team Wednesday night live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. In March, Howard was named one of 15 players nationally to the Wooden Award National Ballot with the selection committee then selecting...

UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard one of four finalists for Citizen Naismith Trophy

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday its four finalists for the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy, recognizing the most outstanding women’s college basketball player of the year, and University of Kentucky sophomore star Rhyne Howard has been tabbed to the exclusive list. Howard is looking to become the first Kentucky player to win the prestigious award while she is believed to be the first to...

UK’s Rhyne Howard scores 26 points, but Louisville wins 67-66 at Rupp Arena on Sunday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor and Louisville coach Jeff Walz was shocked after he watched Howard’s 3-pointer at the buzzer fall short in the Cardinals’ 67-66 win over Kentucky Sunday at Rupp Arena. “It wouldn’t have surprised me if it had gone in,” Walz said. “… it’s fun to watch her play (and) Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor...

Jamie Vaught: UK sophomores Hagans, Howard will be key to success of respective teams this season

Ashton Hagans, in my opinion, is the most important player for the Kentucky Wildcats this season. As a valuable point guard on the hardwood floor, Hagans runs the show. The 6-3 sophomore from Cartersville, Georgia, will keep things going smoothly with his leadership. And Hagans sure can play sticky defense, creating chaos on his opponent. Last season, he was named SEC’s Co-Defensive Player of the...

UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard helps Team USA win FIBA U19 World Cup title

University of Kentucky women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard led Team USA in scoring as the Red, White and Blue captured the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup championship in Bangkok, Thailand, by going unbeaten (7-0) at the event. For her efforts, Howard was tabbed to the all-tournament team. No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, Team USA started with wins against Australia, South...